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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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Innovative insurance policies purchased to protect up to 800,000 people in Zimbabwe from drought risk

Start Network has today announced the purchase of an innovative insurance policy in partnership with African Risk Capacity (ARC) and the Government of Zimbabwe. The policy is to protect more than 800,000 people in Zimbabwe from drought risk during the 2021/2022 agricultural season.


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Se adquiere una innovadora póliza de seguros para proteger del riesgo de sequía a hasta 800.000 personas en Zimbabue

Start Network ha anunciado hoy la adquisición de una innovadora póliza de seguros en colaboración con African Risk Capacity (ARC) y el Gobierno de Zimbabue.  La póliza protegerá a más de 800.000 personas en Zimbabue del riesgo de sequía durante la temporada agrícola 2021/2022.  


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Achat d'une police d'assurance innovante pour protéger jusqu'à 800 000 personnes au Zimbabwe contre le risque de sécheresse

Start Network a annoncé aujourd'hui l'achat d'une police d'assurance innovante en partenariat avec African Risk Capacity (ARC) et le gouvernement du Zimbabwe.  La police doit protéger plus de 800 000 personnes au Zimbabwe contre le risque de sécheresse pendant la saison agricole 2021/2022.


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An end of year message from Christina Bennett, CEO and Suzanne Lyne, CFOO

  Dear Members, Partners, Stakeholders, Colleagues, We were reading an article the other day that characterized 2021 as ‘the year in limbo’, a reference to the party game where you are challenged to pass under a bar that sinks lower and lower with every turn. I don’t know about all of you, but for Suzanne and me, 2021 felt that with every passing month, that bar moved lower – lockdowns and variants, too few vaccines distributed too unevenly, civil unrest in Ethiopia, in Afghanistan, in the United States, refugees as political pawns in Belarus, indiscriminately deadly wildfires, windstorms, volcanoes and floods.


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