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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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Start Network COP26 Events

Start Network participating at four events during COP26 read on to see how you can join us.

26Oct21

News Article

Start Network at COP26

Start Network is calling on world leaders at COP26 to help ensure the humanitarian sector is better prepared to deal with more intense and severe climate crises.

26Oct21

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Start Network welcomes new Treasurer

Start Network is pleased to welcome Glyn Isherwood as its new Treasurer and independent trustee. Glyn is currently the Chief Financial Officer at the BBC. He is an experienced finance director and has provided long-term financial strategy and ensured business performance of many creative and digital organisations. He trained as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG where he specialised in audits and has previously occupied a number of trustee roles in the humanitarian sector as Treasurer of Amnesty International UK and as a Trustee for UNICEF UK and BBC’s Children in Need. 

21Oct21

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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Becomes First US Donor to Innovative Humanitarian Relief Fund

The Start Fund has been awarded US $2.5 million from its first US-based donor, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The $2.5 million grant will enable the Start Fund to continue providing its lifesaving support, in addition to exploring adaptations that enable greater access to the Start Fund.

21Oct21

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