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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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Working Differently Challenge: What true partnership looks like

As the pandemic and its economic impact started to bite, A Single Drop for Safe Water (ASDSW) in the Philippines reflected on how humanitarian assistance should change in the face of this extended crisis. Working with social enterprises like Ashoka, Xchange, Firetree Trust, and Limitless Lab, we developed a programme that looked at and improved the systems in place for emergency response, and worked to strengthen these systems to better serve impacted communities.


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German Federal Foreign Office supports innovative programme for early humanitarian action

The German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) has announced its support of €4.5 million for a programme of activities that will embed early humanitarian action across a global network of NGOs.


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10 things Start Network did in its 10th year

2020 was an eventful year, it was also Start Network's 10 year anniversary. Here we look back at 10 things Start Network did in its 10th year.


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MERF ends after providing assistance to more than 175,000 people

After more than three years, the Start Network’s Migration Emergency Response Fund (MERF) has closed. The fund was set up to address the unpredictable nature of the mixed migration context across the Mediterranean and rapidly respond to new or emerging needs. It also aimed to improve the effectiveness and understanding of migration responses and trends.


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LEARN about Start Network Hubs

Start Network’s first virtual Assembly meeting took take place from Monday 12 to Thursday 15 October 2020, alongside our 10-year anniversary celebrations. At the Assembly, the leadership teams of Start Network Hubs from India, DRC, Pakistan, Guatemala and the Pacific answered questions and discussed their individual journeys so far in realising their vision for change.




Esta orientación, elaborada por la consultora humanitaria Clea Kahn, tiene por objeto orientar a los agentes humanitarios para que elaboren sus mecanismos de rendición de cuentas en el contexto de la migración mixta, centrándose en los mecanismos de quejas y retroinformación. Ya existen excelentes orientaciones sobre la forma de aplicar los mecanismos de retroinformación y denuncia en los contextos humanitarios, y no se pretende sustituirlos ni duplicarlos. Debe leerse como un suplemento, para proporcionar una reflexión adicional a los agentes humanitarios que trabajan en contextos de migración.




Ce guide, élaboré par la consultante humanitaire Clea Kahn, vise à donner aux acteurs humanitaires une orientation pour développer leurs mécanismes de redevabilité dans le contexte de la migration mixte, en mettant l'accent sur les mécanismes de plaintes et de retour d'information. Il existe déjà d'excellents conseils sur la manière de mettre en œuvre des mécanismes de plaintes et de retour d'information dans les contextes humanitaires, et ce guide n’est pas destiné à les remplacer ou à les reproduire. Il doit être lu comme un supplément, afin de fournir une réflexion supplémentaire aux acteurs humanitaires travaillant dans des contextes de migration.



Monthly Risk Bulletin Issued: September 2020

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.



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