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Start Network Annual Conference 2016

Building upon conversations about the new humanitarian economy at Start Talks on the Monday of this week, this year’s Annual Conference framed and inspired conversation about the Start Network’s vision and enabled delegates to discuss and influence its evolution.


The Conference brought together 250 senior representatives from some of the world’s largest civil society organisations, multilaterals and governments, as well as innovators, opinion-formers and other stakeholders concerned with connecting people in crisis to the best possible solutions.

Speakers included:

  • Jan Egeland, Secretary General | Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, Statesman and former Prime Minister of Canada
  • Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary General | Civicus
  • Saba Al-Mubaslat, CEO | Humanitarian Leadership Academy
  • Burkhard Gnarig, Executive Director | International Civil Society Centre
  • Rt. Hon. Desmond Swayne TD, Minister of State | DFID
  • Sara Pantuliano, Director of Humanitarian Programmes | ODI
  • Indy Johar, Co-founder | Impact Hubs
  • Naseer Memon, CEO | Strengthening Participatory Organization Pakistan (SPO)
  • Anne Mitaru, International Policy Manager | ActionAid
  • Steve Waddell, Principal | Networking Action
  • Christina Bennett, Research Fellow | Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI
  • Bhuwan Timilsina, Humanitarian Liaison | BBC Media Action Nepal
  • Nancy Wilson, President & CEO | Relief International
  • Barry Andrews, CEO | GOAL
  • Ahmed Ibrahim, CEO | ALDEF Kenya
  • Ros Tennyson, Partnership Broker
  • Others, TBC

Delegates discussed specific thematic areas of the Start Network, and the impact of the Network to date, including but not limited to: the new humanitarian economy; systemic resilience and change; innovation; capacity strengthening; network design; the future of NGOs; and new crisis response models enabled by technology. 

The conference also featured input from governments and civil society experts on the escalating importance of humanitarian action, and the role of civil society in complementing the role of governments.  Speakers will speculate about the role and power of governments in the future, as well as the changing role of international civil society organisations. These inputs will then lead into important, action-oriented questions about how we catalyse large scale systems change.

The Conference used a participatory format and will include table-based discussions, voting and social media engagement for those not in the room.

Participants were then invited to stay for an evening reception, which was be a chance to reflect on the day’s discussions, to network, and to celebrate and welcome the new Members of the Start Network.

The event was be on the third day of Start for Change, which also included governance meetings, workshops, Members' Day and Start Talks.

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