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A new era of humanitarian action


Start Network is made up of more than 50 aid agencies across five continents, ranging from large international organisations to national NGOs. Together, our aim is to transform humanitarian action through innovation, fast funding, early action, and localisation.
We're tackling what we believe are the biggest systemic problems that the sector faces - problems including slow and reactive funding, centralised decision-making, and an aversion to change, means that people affected by crises around the world, do not receive the best help fast enough, and needless suffering results.
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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 froms of financing

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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An international network

Today the Start Network extends to over 40 members and their 7000 partner organisations, employing more than a quarter of a million people across 200 countries and territories.
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Start Network welcomes two new trustees

Start Network is pleased to announce Muhammad Amad and Oenone Chadburn as our two newest member trustees! 

08Apr21

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New tool launched for responsible use of scientific data within humanitarian projects

Start Network has today launched a guide for scientists and humanitarians to encourage the responsible use of scientific data in humanitarian decision-making.

08Apr21

Blog Post

Alert CV19 098: Reponse a la COVID-19 en Republique du Congo

Depuis juillet 2020, la partie Nord de la République du Congo était sous l’emprise de grandes inondations provoquées par des pluies diluviennes qui s’étaient abattues dans cette zone. Jusqu’au mois de Novembre 2020, on enregistrait près de 83’000 personnes vivant dans six districts du Département de la Likouala (nord) qui étaient concernées. Au fil du temps, d’autres districts situés le long du fleuve Congo et de l’Oubangui étaient les prochaines victimes de cette catastrophe.

07Apr21

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How to help innovation flourish

In 2020, as part of Start Network’s commitment to localisation and collective innovation, we embarked on a journey to develop innovative and locally-driven solutions that place communities affected by humanitarian crises at the forefront of humanitarian action. We have been working with Start Network hubs to start building community innovation initiatives in Guatemala and the DRC.

30Mar21

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BULLETIN TRIMESTRIEL D’APPRENTISSAGE: JAN-MAR 2021

Cette note résume certains des principaux enseignements tirés par le Start Network au cours du premier trimestre 2021. Le résumé présente les principaux enseignements et fournit des liens vers des rapports plus détaillés. Il se concentre sur Nos méthodes de travail - comment pouvons-nous améliorer nos preuves et notre apprentissage? Programmes : ce qu'il faut prendre en compte lors de la mise en œuvre des programmes et Ce quoi nous voulons en savoir... Le dossier est disponible en français, anglais et espagnol.

09Apr21

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RESUMEN TRIMESTRAL DE APRENDIZAJE: ENERO-MARZO 2021

Este informe resume algunos de los principales aprendizajes de la red Start Network en el primer trimestre de 2021. En él se exponen las principales conclusiones del aprendizaje y se ofrecen enlaces a informes más detallados. Se centra en Nuestros métodos de trabajo - ¿cómo podemos mejorar nuestra evidencia y aprendizaje? Programas: qué hay que tener en cuenta a la hora de implementar los programas Sobre lo que queremos aprender más El informe está disponible en español, inglés y francés.

09Apr21

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Quarterly Learning Brief: Jan-Mar 2021

This new quarterly one-page brief summarises some of Start Network’s key learning from January to March of 2021. The brief talks through the key learning takeaways and provides links to more detailed reports. It focuses on Ways of working: how can we improve our evidence and learning? Programmes: what to consider when implementing programmes and What we want to learn more about. The brief is provided in English, Spanish and French. 

09Apr21

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Scientific due diligence for humanitarian Disaster Risk Financing: A guide for data scientists and humanitarian practitioners

This guide was developed by the Drought Risk Finance Science Laboratory (DRiSL) to provide a tool for both scientists and humanitarian practitioners to aid responsible and effective use of scientific data and modelling in humanitarian decision-making.

08Apr21

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