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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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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Latest news

Blog Post

How Protection in Practice is delivering innovative approaches to capacity building

Marko Madut Garang discusses the innovative approaches to capacity building being piloted through the Protection in Practice project.


Blog Post

How the Context programme is building humanitarian skills in DRC

We spoke to Guillaume Bahizire, a co-facilitator of the Context programme in DRC, which provides long-term learning and development through face-to-face group-based learning, coaching, individual project work and web-based learning.


News Article

New report into surge capacity in slow onset crises

As the global news agenda focuses on the famine across South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, the need for humanitarian agencies to better respond to slow onset and protracted crises is highlighted in a new report.


Blog Post

Oxfam response in Serbia through the MERF

The tremendous challenges faced by refugees and migrants stranded at the border between Serbia and Hungary, and Oxfam's efforts to assist them.


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