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A new era of humanitarian action

Start Network is made up of more than 40 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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Davos call to global leaders: Partner now to save the world

The Sustainable Impact Hub (SIH) is bringing together stakeholders from international development and humanitarian organisations in Davos from 21–24 January 2020 to showcase the power of cross-sector collaboration. For the third consecutive year, 17 organisations have come together under Sustainable Development Goal 17 to ‘Accelerate cross-sector collaboration for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’.


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The Start Fund Bangladesh makes progress in localisation

In the few years since the Grand Bargain commitments on localisation in 2016 there has been little tangible progress at scale. A detailed review of global funding streams suggests that direct funding to local and national Civil Society Organisations remains relatively unchanged, standing at less than 0.2% of all humanitarian assistance in 2018 – a far cry from the aggregated target of at least 25% by 2020.


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Start Network to support five ‘founding hubs’ to drive localisation of aid

Start Network has announced five founding hubs to be based in countries and regions affected by crises, localising resources and decision-making to improve the quality of humanitarian aid.


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An end of year message from Christina Bennett, CEO of Start Network


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