Start Network

THE NETWORK
FOR CHANGE


Leading for change in humanitarian aid

About us

Leading for change in humanitarian aid


Start Network is made up of 42 aid agencies across five continents, ranging from large international organisations to national NGOs. Together, our aim is to deliver more effective emergency aid, harnessing the power and knowledge of the network to help people affected by crises. We advocate for radical change in the system so that the world can deal better with the humanitarian challenges of today, and of the future.
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Localisation


We believe that a more balanced international aid system, which shifts power to those closest to the front-line, will generate more effective and appropriate responses for people affected by crises.

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New forms of financing


Our pooled funds enable fast and early action to tackle the kind of crises that are often overlooked by other funding mechanisms. Our risk financing pilots are introducing new ways of working that can save even more lives.

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Collective innovation


New ways of working are needed to tackle the challenges we face. By innovating collectively we can share expertise, insights and perspectives to shape a more effective humanitarian system.

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Latest


Blog Post

Start Fund: A rapid response to flooding in El Salvador

In early October, heavy rainfall from two low pressure systems led to devastating flash floods and landslides in El Salvador.  More than a 1000 people were forced to leave their homes as rivers burst their banks, mudslides in the country’s hilly interior cut roads, buried buildings, and flooded homes.

19Nov18

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Exploring ethics in humanitarian innovation

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Research Professor of Humanitarian Studies, University of Oslo, speaks to Start Network's innovation labs in Jordan, Philippines, Bangladesh and Kenya about ethics in humanitarian innovation.

05Nov18

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Start Fund responds to cross-border displacement of people from Venezuela

The economic crisis and widespread social unrest that has gripped Venezuela in recent years has led to the displacement of millions of Venezuelans. Families, in search of economic and social security, have fled across borders into neighbouring Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. The Start Fund is filling a critical gap in this under-funded socio-economic crisis to respond to the needs of those displaced in Peru and Ecuador.

29Oct18

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Bangladeshi floods: Looking back to move forward

In July 2016, Bangladesh was hit by one of the worst floods in recent history. What could have been done differently using the forecasts that were issued? Knowing what we know now, how can we better anticipate future floods? What can we learn from this to limit the damage caused by future floods?

29Oct18

Our vision

The future of humanitarian action


Start Network is working to create a system in which; responses to crises will be defined by those closest to them and based on humanitarian need; early and predictable funding will reduce the impact of crises and the cost of responses; a diverse group of organisations work together to adapt to the needs of people affected by crises. We believe this is only possible through a collective effort to change the system.
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An international network

Today the Start Network extends to 42 members and their 7000 partner organisations, employing more than a quarter million people across 200 countries and territories.
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The Network

Start Network members