Start Network


Leading for change in humanitarian aid

About us

Start Network is made up of 39 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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Our areas of work

Our vision

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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Latest news

News Article

Typhoon Haima - preparing for a more localised response

Typhoon Haima is expected to intensify into a super typhoon as strong as Typhoon Haiyan before hitting northern Philippines tomorrow morning.


News Article

INFORM 2017 Global Risk Index results released

INFORM has released the results of its 2017 Global Risk Index.


Blog Post

Start Fund in Bangladesh

Start Network member Action Against Hunger (ACF) tell us more about its response to the monsoons in Bangladesh


Blog Post

Start Response meta-review

In 2015-2016, the Start Network implemented three Collaborative Responses as part of its Start Response workstream. As part of the external monitoring, evaluation and learning services, independent external evaluations of all three Collaborative Responses were conducted.


An international network

Our members are 39 national and international aid agencies from five continents, ranging from high-profile organisations to smaller agencies. Read more

The Network

Start Network members