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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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Start Fund: Frequently Asked Questions

The Start Fund provides rapid financing to underfunded small to medium-scale crises, spikes in chronic humanitarian crises, and to act in anticipation of impending crises, filling a critical gap in humanitarian financing.

19Jul22

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Start Fund Anticipatory Alert Note

This note should concisely provide an overview of the crisis, highlight the needs of the affected people, and explain the appropriateness of the Start Fund to respond. The alert note is a means of providing information to the Start Network to enable decision-making. It is important to understand the predicted impact and the kind of anticipation actions that can be taken to mitigate this impact.

19Jul22

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Manual del Start Fund

Durante los seis años en que Start Fund ha estado desembolsando fondos en contextos subfinanciados, ha seguido siendo la piedra angular de la visión y la labor general de StartNetwork. A medida que la financiación de la acción humanitaria continúa diversificándose, Start Fund sigue siendo una herramienta relevante,ya que no solo provee financiamiento cuando se han agotado las demás opciones, sino que además conecta las distintas áreas de los programas de StartNetwork. Para muchas organizaciones, StartFund es laprimera oportunidad de interactuar de manera más amplia con la red.

18Jul22

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Manuel de Start Fund

Tout au long des six années au cours desquelles le Start Fund a déboursé des fonds dans des contextes sous-financés, il est resté au cœur de la vision et de l’ensemble de l’action du Start Network. Alors que le financement humanitaire continue de se diversifier, le Start Fund demeure un outil pertinent, non seulement en fournissant des fonds lorsque d’autresoptions sontépuisées, mais aussi en réunissant les différents volets de la programmation au sens large du Start Network. Pour de nombreuses organisations, le Start Fund offre la première opportunitéd’accéder auréseau dans son ensemble.

18Jul22

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