Start Network


Leading for change in humanitarian aid

About us

Start Network is made up of 42 national and international aid agencies from five continents.
Our aim is to deliver effective aid, harnessing the power and knowledge of the network to make faster and better decisions to help people affected by crises. We are developing more effective ways to work together, and new approaches that will reduce the scale of human suffering.
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Blog Post

Disaster finance debate

Crisis modifiers can reduce the risk to a project from a disaster. But there are problems taking this to scale - and one possible solution



Start Fund Annual Report 2017

The Start Fund's third year was one of exciting progress and significant learning, a year in which the Fund really established itself as a global force in crisis response. This annual report features case studies that demonstrate how we work, our growing impact and the year’s critical learning that will help us to evolve in the years ahead. Throughout the report, you will also see examples of how we are keeping the promises set out in the Grand Bargain, agreed by the international humanitarian community in 2016. The package of reforms proposes that donors make funding more flexible and reporting less onerous, whilst humanitarian agencies increase transparency and collaboration and reduce management costs. The commitments of the Grand Bargain go hand in hand with Start Network’s ambitions. We have hit the ground running and are looking forward to the year ahead when our operations will become more transparent, local and data-driven.


News Article

Start Network endorses Charter on Disability Inclusion

Start Network has endorsed the Charter on Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action at a first anniversary event hosted by Handicap International UK and CBM UK in partnership with the UK Department for International Development.



Humanitarian Leadership Academy Online Course


Our areas of work

About Us

Leading for change in humanitarian aid

We believe that the system of humanitarian aid that has operated for the past 70 years is no longer working as it should. Our aim is to challenge that system and to help it to change. We call what we’re aiming for a “new humanitarian economy” – a system that reduces the power of centralised institutions and bureaucrats and gives more control to communities and individuals on the front line of every crisis.
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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.Read more

The Network

Start Network members