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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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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Blog Post

The Start Fund rapidly responds to its 300th crisis alert

Elections in Nigeria will take place on Saturday, with historic tensions risking vulnerable people in particular, peace-building activities by local organisation will be the focus in the coming days.



Monthly Risk Briefing: February

The monthly risk briefing provides information on global weather, human and health events where members may consider using the Start Fund Anticipation process.


Blog Post

How do we move from early warning to early action?

Climate and weather-related risks are rising worldwide and the accuracy of forecasts on these extreme-weather events have improved significantly over the years. But, only recently have humanitarians begun to apply these improvements to support early action. Watch our new video sharing our work on early action, in partnership with IFRC, WFP, FAO and OCHA.


Blog Post

A stop on the journey north

Start Fund's rapid response to the displacement of migrants in Guatemala and Mexico meant Cadena, Oxfam and World Vision received funding quickly to respond to the people's immediate needs including shelter, essential items and hygiene kits. Start Network's Senior MEAL Advisor, David Burt gives us his first-hand account of the crisis response on the ground.


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