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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Case study

Coordinating quality of information for effective response

How multiple agencies coordinated during the European Refugee Response to ensure that efforts were not duplicated and to ensure refugees received more consistent and reliable information.



Start Evolves webinar



Embracing complexity with Dan McClure

In order to build an organisation that can deliver the Start Network's vision at scale, complex solutions are needed. Here Dan McClure of ThoughtWorks discusses how to do complex innovation better.


Blog Post

Becoming a broker of Start Evolves

Kat Reichel and Karen Janjua tell us how members in Pakistan are discussing the future of the Start Network.


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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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