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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Blog Post

Putting the Charter4Change commitment to stop undermining national capacity into practice

Anne Street, Head of Humanitarian Policy at CAFOD, on work being done by international NGOs to meet thier commitment to stop undermining national capacity.


News Article

New report asks “are unethical recruitment practices undermining national capacity?”

As national NGOs continue to lose talented staff to international organisations, a new report analyses experiences of recruitment practices for surge responses in the Philippines.



Time to move on: national perspectives on transforming surge capacity

Commissioned as part of the Transforming Surge Capacity project and led by Cafod, this report analyses national NGO experiences of recruitment practices for surge by international NGOs in the Philippines.


News Article

Start Fund Bangladesh ready to respond to an in-country crisis

Start Network’s new Bangladesh national fund, Start Fund Bangladesh, is ready for its first crisis alert in a significant development for the humanitarian system


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