Start Network


Leading for change in humanitarian aid


© John Wessels / ALIMA, Start Fund alert 160, DRC, outbreak of Ebola – May 2017

Start Network has launched a new charity, which is aiming to catalyse a new era of humanitarian aid because its members believe that the global humanitarian system needs urgent reform to meet the challenges posed by today’s crises. Until now Start Network has been a consortium hosted by Save the Children UK, since it first was established in 2010. In that time, it has developed impactful programmes with a sophisticated and proven approach, and a compelling vision for the future of humanitarian response.

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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

Practical approaches to innovation and innovative practices

Innovation and innovative practices are often seen as dependent upon new and transformative technologies. In this guest piece, as part of the Humanitarian Futures newsletter, Professor Randolph Kent shares the transformative work of FOREWARN members to meet present and future challenges in the humanitarian sector.  


News Article

Four new trustees join the Start Network Board

We are pleased to announce that four new trustees have now joined the Start Network Board! The new trustees come from a variety of backgrounds, and join the Board at an exciting time, as the Start Network transitions to new leadership and enters its second month as an independent entity.


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Start Fund awarded responses: May

May saw a quieter month for the Start Fund with only two Start Fund alerts activated in a global context of higher-profile alerts.


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Anticipation and Early Action webinar

The Start Network invites you to an Anticipation and Early Action webinar on 19th June 11:00 – 12:15 am GMT. Learn more.


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