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A new era of humanitarian action


Start Network is made up of more than 50 humanitarian 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 locally led action.

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, which 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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Locally-led action


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 more than 50 members and their 7000 partner organisations, employing more than a quarter of a million people across 200 countries and territories.
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Le HUB RDC balise la voie vers une nouvelle ère de l’action humanitaire Le HUB RDC balise la voie vers une nouvelle ère de l’action humanitaire

25Nov21

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DRC Hub Paves the Way for a New Era of Humanitarian Action

The General Assembly of the Start Network Hub in the Democratic Republic of the Congo took place from 09 to 12 November 2021 and was attended by 40 delegates from the provincial governments of North and South Kivu, the central government, international, national and local NGOs, research institutions and universities, as well as members of Start Network’s team.

25Nov21

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Reflecting on the outcomes of the Crisis Response Resilience Lab

In October 2021, Complexity University in partnership with Start Network and The Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) launched the first radical, action-focused innovation programme for community-led impact in the aid sector. The Crisis Response and Resilience Lab was a 2-week intensive action-learning programme, the first of its kind, aimed at supporting humanitarian practitioners to experience and learn a new way of working in response to complex humanitarian challenges. The Lab was an experiment in itself—an opportunity to create a place where different people could build new practices, relationships and learning, whilst experiencing a professional and personal journey taking them from business as usual towards a new, better, humanitarian system.

15Nov21

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¿Que creen las comunidades afectadas por la crisis que hace que una intervencion humanitaria tenga exito?

En mayo de 2021, uno de los miembros locales de Start Network, de la República Democrática del Congo (RDC), respondió a la erupción volcánica del Nyiragongo, que provocó el desplazamiento y la evacuación de 450.000 personas .

15Nov21

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Primer on Mainstreaming Gender and DRF: Experiences of Marginalized Gender Identities in Disasters in rural/urban communities in the Philippines

The conduct of the missing voices approach in understanding the role of gender in disaster risk financing for the Philippines provided several emerging themes. Themes vary from disaster preparedness activities, early action, as well as barriers and challenges which need to be considered in developing a local DRF system. Start Network recognizes the importance of experiences as a learning mechanism to devise ways to help in improving disaster preparedness, access to information, and early action given the gendered needs of people.

24Nov21

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AN ITERATIVE FRAMEWORK FOR A LOCALLY LED START NETWORK

This framework is set out as a series of intensions and questions across 11 elements where we feel change is needed. The intention outlines the vision of where we want to be or get to as a network. The issues/questions outline questions that SN needs to answer at all levels leadership, management, staff, membership, Hubs, etc. 

16Nov21

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The Five Founding Hubs: What has happened and what comes next?

In April 2020, five locally led groups of changemakers came together to explore what it takes to launch local hubs as part of Start Network, as envisioned within ‘Start Evolves’. This phase was called a ‘Proof of Concept’ and has resulted in the emergence of Hubs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, India, the Pacific Region and Pakistan. 

15Nov21

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Indicadores de exito desde la perspectiva de la comunidad

Esta infografía resume los resultados de dos estudios en los que la Red Start habló directamente con los miembros de la comunidad sobre lo que significa para ellos el éxito de las respuestas de acción temprana.

15Nov21

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