Cop27

Start Network at COP27

Start Network continues to advocate that the climate crisis is a humanitarian crisis! We believe locally led anticipatory action is one of the ways forward to tackle the climate crisis.

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Potential for Anticipatory Action and Disaster Risk Financing

Our report with ODI builds on research and evidence on the predictability of crises, to provide a clearer framework for targets on anticipatory action and disaster risk financing.

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Start Fund Alerts

Crises we are responding to around the world right now. 

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Annual Report

Making progress on systems change.

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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

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Our reach

Crisis alerts we respond to around the world.

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        LOCALLY LED ACTION SUBVERTS TRADITIONAL AID MYTHS

        As the world contends with the destruction that Pakistan’s monsoon floods have left in their wake, as well as the cascading impact of an emerging health crisis, some truths regarding the role of local organisations within the sector begin to become more visible, debunking myths long held by the traditional aid sector.

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        SENEGAL TO RECEIVE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AHEAD OF DROUGHT PREDICTIONS

        Communities in Senegal will receive around £330,000 ($400,500) from Start Network and its local partner.

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        Areas of work

        Start Network’s vision is for a more balanced international aid system that is accountable to people affected by or at risk of crises.

        Start Network is based on innovation: looking for new ways to create the system change that will shape a more effective humanitarian system.

        Where we work

        Americas

        Americas

        • Guatemala

          Guatemala Hub

          The hub has 11 local and national member organisations that are all community-based.

        • Venezuela

          Flooding in South America

          Intense rains caused ravines to overflow and water systems to collapse in Venezuela.

        • Central and South America

          Start Fund Response

          Start Fund provides rapid response funding to under-the-radar, small to medium-scale crises, filling a critical gap in the humanitarian aid system.

        Europe

        Europe

        • Ukraine

          The need for a more equitable humanitarian response

          Start Network's approach to the Ukraine crisis is based on learning from other larger-scale crises that the Start Fund has responded to in the past.

        • Serbia, Bulgaria

          Migration Emergency Response Fund

          The objective of the MERF was to rapidly respond to acute and emerging gaps and changes in needs along migration route.

        • Greece, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Serbia

          European Refugee Response

          Start Network co-ordinated a two phase response to the European Refugee Crisis through ERR1 and ERR2.

        Africa

        Africa

        • DRC

          DRC Hub

          The hub brings together nearly 60 local, national, and international organisations in DRC.

        • DRC, Senegal, Zimbabwe

          Start Ready

          Start Ready is a unique financing mechanism that uses advanced planning so that funding can be rapidly released when needed most.

        • Zimbabwe, Senegal

          ARC Replica

          ARC Replica is a partnership with African Risk Capacity and African Union member states that helps African countries proactively manage climate-related risks through disaster risk insurance.

        Asia

        Asia

        • Bangladesh, Nepal

          National Start Funds

          National Start Funds are there to finance locally led humanitarian action, with members managing their own funds for the benefit of their own communities.

        • India

          INDIA HUMANITARIAN HUB

          The India Humanitarian Hub (IHH) prioritises locally led action and leadership by bringing together local, national, and international humanitarian agencies that are operational in India.

        • The Philippines, Bangladesh

          FOREWARN

          The Forecast-based, Warning, Analysis, and Response Network aims to quickly bring together the right people to predict disasters and support humanitarians closest to an anticipated crisis.

        Oceania

        Oceania

        Our members

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