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A new era of humanitarian action

Start Network is made up of more than 50 aid 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 localisation.
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, 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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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 over 40 members and their 7000 partner organisations, employing more than a quarter of a million people across 200 countries and territories.
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To address the humanitarian sector's biggest challenges, we need to get comfortable with uncertainty

There is no shortage of problems in our modern world. COVID-19, climate change, migration, and increasing economic inequality are just some complex social challenges that we are facing. These challenges surpass our existing solutions toolkit, requiring us to stretch our creative muscles and innovate in order to keep up.


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Start Network welcomes two new trustees

Start Network is pleased to announce Muhammad Amad and Oenone Chadburn as our two newest member trustees! 


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New tool launched for responsible use of scientific data within humanitarian projects

Start Network has today launched a guide for scientists and humanitarians to encourage the responsible use of scientific data in humanitarian decision-making.


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Alert CV19 098: Reponse a la COVID-19 en Republique du Congo

Depuis juillet 2020, la partie Nord de la République du Congo était sous l’emprise de grandes inondations provoquées par des pluies diluviennes qui s’étaient abattues dans cette zone. Jusqu’au mois de Novembre 2020, on enregistrait près de 83’000 personnes vivant dans six districts du Département de la Likouala (nord) qui étaient concernées. Au fil du temps, d’autres districts situés le long du fleuve Congo et de l’Oubangui étaient les prochaines victimes de cette catastrophe.


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The monthly risk briefing reports on new, emerging or deteriorating situations; therefore, ongoing events that are considered to be unchanged are not featured and risks that are beyond the scope and scale of the Start Fund are also not featured. It is collated by the Start Network Anticipation and Risk Financing team using information from academia and research institutes, government departments, ACAPS, global risk indexes, risk information provided by Start Members and their partners, and the media. Key risks are shared and collated each month with FOREWARN input.



Evaluation Interne Suite Au Versement De L’indemnite Arc Au Partenaire ARC Replica Au Senegal En 2020

En 2017, le Start Network et le Programme Alimentaire Mondial ont cherché à étendre l'approche de l'African Risk Capacity (ARC) par le biais du programme ARC Replica. Les objectifs étaient d'étendre la couverture de l'ARC tout en donnant la possibilité de tester de nouveaux outils de financement pour la société civile (en particulier l'assurance), et finalement l'adoption de l'ARC. Cette initiative a été soutenue par la Banque allemande de développement (KFW) au nom du ministère fédéral allemand de la coopération économique et du développement. Cette évaluation examine l'impact de ce versement aux membres du Start Network qui ont reçu le financement sur les communautés qui ont été touchées par le programme.




This document shares updates from Start Fund COVID-19 projects being implemented by members from all across Start Network. This third edition includes short case studies from responses in Nigeria, Mozambique, Togo, Ethiopia, Uganda, and the Republic of Congo.



ARC Replica Payout, Senegal 2020 - Internal Evaluation

In 2017, Start Network and the World Food Programme sought to expand the approach of African Risk Capacity (ARC) through the ARC Replica programme. The objectives were to further expand the coverage of ARC while giving the opportunities to test new financing tools for civil society (especially insurance), and ultimately the uptake of ARC. This initiative has been supported by the German Development Bank (KFW) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. This evaluation reviews the impact of this pay-out to the Start Network members who received the funding on the communities who were reached through the programme.



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