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A new era of humanitarian action

Start Network is made up of more than 50 aid agencies across five continents, ranging from large international organisations to national NGOs. Together, our aim is to transform humanitarian action through innovation, fast funding, early action, and localisation.
We're tackling what we believe are the biggest systemic problems that the sector faces - problems including slow and reactive funding, centralised decision-making, and an aversion to change, means that people affected by crises around the world, do not receive the best help fast enough, and needless suffering results.
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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 froms of financing

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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An international network

Today the Start Network extends to over 40 members and their 7000 partner organisations, employing more than a quarter of a million people across 200 countries and territories.
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It's time to get serious about gender and early action

Women and girls are known to suffer disproportionately during crises and disasters. A recent report by CARE International found 10/11 top humanitarian donors and 5/6 major United Nations agencies to be unsatisfactory in their progress towards their commitments to target 15% of their humanitarian aid to gender equality programming.


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Start Network begins search for new chair

Start Network has announced today it will be seeking a new chair, after Christof Maetze announced his intention to step down on 31 March.


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Innovative Approach to Insurance Enables Humanitarian Agencies To Proactively Manage Climate-Related Risks At Scale

A new report published today demonstrates how insurance can help governments and organisations to predict and proactively manage climate-related humanitarian risks at scale. The report, published by Start Network, a global collaboration of humanitarian NGOs, is based on a comprehensive evaluation of its programme in Senegal, which utilised a ‘parametric insurance’ policy to pay out before the worst effects of a drought were felt.


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Une Approche Innovante de L'assurance Permet aux Organisations Humanitaires de Gerer les Risques Climatiques de Maniere Proactive a Grande Echelle

Un nouveau rapport publié aujourd'hui montre de quelle façon les assurances peuvent aider les gouvernements et les organisations à prévoir et à gérer de manière proactive et à grande échelle, les risques humanitaires liés aux changements climatiques. Ce rapport publié par le Start Network, un réseau mondial d'ONG humanitaires, se base sur une évaluation exhaustive du programme mené par le réseau au Sénégal, qui a utilisé une police d'« assurance paramétrique » pour verser une indemnité avant que les pires effets d'une sécheresse ne se fassent ressentir.


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Evaluation Interne Suite Au Versement De L’indemnite Arc Au Partenaire ARC Replica Au Senegal En 2020

En 2017, le Start Network et le Programme Alimentaire Mondial ont cherché à étendre l'approche de l'African Risk Capacity (ARC) par le biais du programme ARC Replica. Les objectifs étaient d'étendre la couverture de l'ARC tout en donnant la possibilité de tester de nouveaux outils de financement pour la société civile (en particulier l'assurance), et finalement l'adoption de l'ARC. Cette initiative a été soutenue par la Banque allemande de développement (KFW) au nom du ministère fédéral allemand de la coopération économique et du développement. Cette évaluation examine l'impact de ce versement aux membres du Start Network qui ont reçu le financement sur les communautés qui ont été touchées par le programme.




This document shares updates from Start Fund COVID-19 projects being implemented by members from all across Start Network. This third edition includes short case studies from responses in Nigeria, Mozambique, Togo, Ethiopia, Uganda, and the Republic of Congo.



ARC Replica Payout, Senegal 2020 - Internal Evaluation

In 2017, Start Network and the World Food Programme sought to expand the approach of African Risk Capacity (ARC) through the ARC Replica programme. The objectives were to further expand the coverage of ARC while giving the opportunities to test new financing tools for civil society (especially insurance), and ultimately the uptake of ARC. This initiative has been supported by the German Development Bank (KFW) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. This evaluation reviews the impact of this pay-out to the Start Network members who received the funding on the communities who were reached through the programme.



A Gateway Re-opens: the growing popularity of the Atlantic route, as told by those who risk it

In 2020, the Atlantic route saw a sharp increase in use by refugees and migrants for a range of reasons. Some relate to the characteristics of the route itself, such as the perception that it is a relatively short and direct way into Europe. Others pertain to the COVID-19 pandemic, for instance unfounded rumours that the high number of coronavirus deaths in Europe has boosted demand for labour. 



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