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

Paving the way for change

Manal Taha Al Najjar is a 22-year-old Syrian refugee living in Jordan. She heard about the Mahali lab through Facebook: ‘What attracted me, I still remember, was the first sentence of the Mahali advert, ‘If you are a changemaker in your community and you want to make a difference, this is for you’

08Mar19

Blog Post

International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, the Start Network is paying tribute to the unsung warriors of this world. The mothers. The carers. The workers. And, the women responding on the front line when an emergency strikes.

08Mar19

Blog Post

From the ground: A rapid response for migrants in Morocco

The Start Network's Migration Emergrgency Response Fund's (MERF) Emergency Coordinator, Melina Larson, and Start Fund MEAL office, Micheala Larson, have been in Morocco visiting Humanity & Inclusion's project funded by the MERF. In this blog post Melina gives her first hand account of their project on the ground.

05Mar19

Resource

The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme Innovation Labs Briefing Paper

The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) Innovation Labs is a two-year programme that aims to foster, and eventually scale up, innovations that address key problems faced by disaster-prone communities.

26Feb19

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