Start Network


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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News Article

Belgian Government announces support of the Start Fund

The Government of Belgium has announced its support to the Start Fund, a global fund that enables NGOs to respond quickly to humanitarian crises.


Blog Post

End of year message from the Start Network Director

I am finishing this year with a profound sense of urgency and purpose. Our turbulent world, with escalating dimensions and dynamics of humanitarian crises, needs more and better capability to manage and respond to crisis risks.


Case study

Case study: Making water accessible in Pakistan

By David Wastell.


Blog Post

The Future for Humanitarian Surge: A Locally led Response

Haben Habteslasie is the Advocacy and Communications Advisor for the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme. Part 1, "Building the roadmap to 2030" and part 2, "Shifting the power to local and national NGO's" from the series - Reflections from DEPP Resilience Week - are also available to read.


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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Our areas of work

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