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

Anticipating cyclones is difficult- but not impossible

‘Humanitarians often don’t stop for Christmas in the Philippines’- Start Members and the Philippines Red Cross convened in Manila in December to discuss how cyclones can be better anticipated moving forward alongside some of the challenges.

14Jan19

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Lessons learned from a rapid response for migrants in Niger

The Migration Emergency Response Fund (MERF) funded two projects in Agadez over the past year, both led by Doctors of the World (DOTW). Melina Koutsis, refelcts on the impact of last year’s project and what lessons learned had been drawn from it for the current response.

14Jan19

Blog Post

Statement on ARC Replica: Start Network

The following is a status update on the ARC Replica policy, dated 19th December 2018:

21Dec18

Blog Post

2019: the year to be on the right side of history

NGOs will need to be decisive, radical and bold in 2019. Sean Lowrie says this is not only necessary, but by working together it is also possible.

21Dec18

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