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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Can humanitarians really forecast man-made disasters?

The Start Fund responds to humanitarian crises - from conflict and displacement to flooding, cyclones, disease outbreaks. But when the Start Fund began formally and regularly releasing aid in anticipation of crises in 2016, it was a common assumption that our network would only be able to release funding in anticipation of natural hazards. After all, violence, conflict and displacement are too uncertain to forecast and release aid on the basis of those forecasts, right?



Good enough context analysis for rapid response

WHAT DOES GECARR PRODUCE? The output is a short document analysing the country context and needs, key actors, sources of cohesion and division (connectors and dividers) and likely future scenarios. It includes internal and external recommendations that inform organisational strategies, operational and security plans, programme designs and external messaging.


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Forecast based early action in flood prone Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, acting before a crisis is not a new idea. In this piece, Md Jafar Iqbal, Programme Manager - Emergency Response at CARE Bangladesh explores some of the barriers and opportunities around scaling early action in the country.


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Why independence matters

This is big news: spinning off a new charity is the not-for-profit equivalent of an Initial Public Offering (IPO). Today we have become an independent Company and Charity that is owned by the Member NGOs. Until today we have been a consortium hosted by Save the Children UK. Until today we have seen ourselves as a start-up. Today we exited that incubation.


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