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Leading for change in humanitarian aid

START NETWORK LAUNCHES NEW CHARITY TO TRANSFORM THE GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN SECTOR

© 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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Localisation


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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Latest


Resource

Start Network Annual Report 2018

The Start Network is revolutionising the way that humanitarian aid is being disbursed by fostering localisation, new financing and collective innovation.

23Jul19

Resource

Human-centred design and humanitarian innovation

Humanitarian innovation has rapidly gained a central role within humanitarian policy and practice as a way of addressing intractable challenges. An increasing number of humanitarian organisations have established innovation initiatives (including labs, challenge funds and scholarships), set up separate innovation departments and hired innovation staff. For the humanitarian sector as a whole, an increasing focus on local participation and innovation simultaneously has allowed a more local approach to innovation work to evolve. Local innovation initiatives now form a small section of overall humanitarian innovation. However, while recognising the great potential that local participation holds for humanitarian innovation, many organisations seem unsure how to best approach it.

22Jul19

News Article

Christina Bennett appointed as new chief executive of Start Network

Start Network has appointed Christina Bennett, currently Head of the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute, as its new CEO.

22Jul19

Resource

Monthly risk briefing: June

The monthly risk briefing provides information on global weather, human and health events where members may consider using the Start Fund Anticipation process.

15Jul19

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