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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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Rapid Response Support Through Start Fund Nepal Pilot Phase

This provides the quick glimpse of the all Alerts, area covered, population reached, project period and the support provided in each alert.



Start Fund Nepal Pilot Phase Alerts

This provides the quick glimpse of the each Alert, its location, population reached, project period and the support provided in each alert.



Evaluating locally led early action against heatwaves in Sibi, Pakistan

In June 2021, Bright Star Development Society Balochistan (also known as BSDSB or Bright Star) were funded to assist in mitigating against the anticipated heatwave in Sibi (Pakistan). In this locally-led anticipatory action response Bright Star provided behaviour messaging in addition to "cooling facilities" with cold water and a place to rest. This paper summarises some of the evidence and learning from an evaluation of this response.



Primer on Financing Disaster Risk Management in the Philippines: A Three-Year Snapshot, 2018-2020

This study aims to map the flow of funding for disaster risk management (DRM) in the Philippines in recent years, particularly from 2018 to 2020 (and part of 2021). For a country that is highly vulnerable to multiple, compounding hazards, tracking the sources of annual financing to deal with disaster risks, both ex ante and ex post, is necessary to help us understand better the scope of actionable DRM strategies by both government and non-government actors, especially in light of anticipatory humanitarian action. The exercise is also valuable in identifying financing gaps geographically and hazards-wise, as well as in exploring the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on DRM funding.



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