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A new era of humanitarian action


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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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CERF Anticipatory Action Pre-Crisis Report

This report is the first of its kind on anticipatory action and collates voices of communities, shares their experiences and needs, prior to predictable risks. Some of our findings include; people demand the right to have access to timely, appropriate and accurate information to help keep themselves and their families safe, prior to crises. They also have the right to give feedback about humanitarian assistance.



AFPDE SKILL Grant Summary Report

In January 2022 AFPDE was awarded Start Network’s Sharing Knowledge and Ideas Under Local Leadership (SKILL) Grant, to conduct a peer learning programme focused on a research project of their choosing. AFPDE connected with other local, national and international organisation as well as members of the community and local officials, to organise a series of research activities and explore community resilience in Nundu, Lemera and Ruzizi health zones of the DRC. This report is condensed from the full research report written by Bagula Amato, who was the consultant hired by AFPDE to lead the data collection and research analysis which captures the findings and recommendations from this work.



Annual Report and Accounts 2021

In 2021 Start Network reached 5 million people with emergency humanitarian assistance. The Start Network Annual Report and Accounts 2021, tells the story of how we made progress using five keys to systems change: Purpose - We refreshed our strategy and reoriented our vision, mission, and theory of change around locally led humanitarian action to enable communities affected by and at risk of crises to feel and demonstrate their agency and power. Power - We created spaces and systems for decision-making, ways of working, and resource allocation to be increasingly determined by local and national organisations. Practice - We embedded a locally led focus into our activities, re-centring our programmes, actions, and learning around community leadership, solutions, and accountability. Resources - We made resources more easily accessible and available to local organisations. Funds flowed to and were managed by local and national organisations to respond to and increasingly act ahead of predictable crises Relationships - We enabled stronger relationships to grow between different players by ensuring collaborations and partnerships were equitable and sustainable, in support of community priorities.   DOWNLOAD THE REPORT   In Arabic In Bengali In French In Spanish      




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.



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