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Start for Change Members Day

Dive deeper into the conversation

Start for Change 2016 Members' Day was a day to enable our members to dive deeper into conversations raised at the Annual Conference.

Members' Day will enable the Start Network member agencies to come together again to explore the Network’s work-streams and activities and to dive even deeper into the conversations of the Annual Conference, to turn the recommendations into actionable change.

The day will include a main plenary session and will lead into three session of parallel workshops. 

Session 1, 10.00-12.00

Exploring to the Start Network: An Introduction to the Different Streams
Today, the Network has 27 members which can program funding through 7,000 local partners in over 200 countries through four work streams: Start Fund, Start Engage, Start Labs and Collaborative Responses. This induction session is an opportunity for new and existing Members to learn more about the different streams and how they are catalysing positive change in the humanitarian sector in ways that are faster, stronger and more innovative.

Disaster Emergency Preparedness Programme (DEPP): How the Start Network is strengthening the quality and speed of humanitarian preparedness at all levels through a collaborative approach
This session introduces you to the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme which works to develop effective humanitarian response where it is needed most. This ground breaking programme is funded by UK Aid, and is one of the largest investments of its kind. The programme is managed collaboratively by the CDAC and Start Networks, leveraging the expertise of more than 50 member organisations, over 10 countries, and 14 projects.

Review of the Start Fund Learning Approach
Starting in September 2016, the Start Fund will launch its new and improved approach to learning. This workshop is a unique opportunity during the review phase for members of the Start Network to hear what is planned and provide input on what (and how) we should learn in the future. Your feedback will feed directly into our new Learning Framework.

Blockchain Technology: For an effective, agile and transparent humanitarian sector
An introduction to the technology and its future potential, as well as a closer look at the Start Fund’s pilot that runs decision-making processes on a Blockchain based platform. This session introduces you to the Blockchain, an enormously powerful shared global infrastructure that can move value around and represent the ownership of property. The Start Network is the first to explore its use in the humanitarian sector, and has been co-developing a ‘Start-Blockchain’, ready to be tested by the Membership. Join us for this session and help to develop the pilot further.

How to Transform Large Systems: the Start Network as an experiment
The Start Network is based in the understanding that the humanitarian response community is facing big change challenges. Start's vision is of a system that is much more diverse, decentralised, collaborative, and innovative. What the field of large systems change (LSC) action and knowledge can offer to develop this future will be explored through discussion in this session. LSC involves lots and lots of people and organizations; it’s about transformation, in contrast to incremental change. Participants are encouraged to come with questions that they may have about the big change picture. They will leave with strategic and operational insights and an overview of tools to support their LSC action as it relates to both Start and their own organisations. 

Session 2, 13.45-15.15

Communicating the Future of Humanitarian Response
In a more turbulent and uncertain world, people everywhere desire the ability to respond to the suffering of their neighbours in times of humanitarian crises. Today’s escalating and changing humanitarian needs demand a much bigger, whole-of-society approach. If we are to work side-by-side with other actors, we must inspire volunteers and the private sector to consider humanitarian principles and to contribute using their unique skills and resources. This session will explore how, as communicators, we can inspire new groups to make a contribution to humanitarian response in future.

Disaster Emergency Preparedness Programme (DEPP)
Continuation of DEPP session 1

Humanitarian Financing: A chance to explore what the Grand Bargain means and how the Start Network can cut through the noise
The ‘Grand Bargain’? Pooled funds? How can the Start Network cut through the noise, ready for after the WHS? This session includes a consultation lead by Oxfam in its role as co-Chair (with OCHA) of NGO Dialogue Platform on Country Based Pooled Funds. This Platform is the way in which NGOs (local, national, international) can collectively influence both global policy issues and operational matters relating to CBPFs.

Reconsidering Collaborative Responses
This session will explore the added value of the Start Network’s involvement in collaborative responses through highlighting the successes and challenges of the current programme portfolio. It will discuss the obstacles to designing and implementing collaborative responses at pace, outline strategies to overcome some of these, and invite feedback and ideas on further strategies to strengthen the Network’s response capabilities.

Our commitments at the Summit: Joint collaboration, review and development
With the World Humanitarian Summit fast approaching, many of us have been developing sets of organisational commitments ahead of the Summit, in accordance with the Agenda for Humanity. The WHS are launching a commitment platform, as one of the core public outcomes from the Summit- which at the time of writing was not yet launched. This session will provide a space for attendees to share final or draft commitments that have been worked on, in order to draw on synergies, connect with potential partners, and help to strengthen commitments by sharing knowledge and evidence. This session will be hosted by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy.

Session 3, 15.30-17.00

Disaster Emergency Preparedness Programme (DEPP)
Continuation of DEPP session 1 & 2

Start Fund Anticipation Window: Saving lives and costs by enabling forecast-based early action
The Start Fund Anticipation Window enables member agencies to access funding in anticipation of crises. A Forecast-based Warning, Analysis and Response Network (FOREWARN) group has been formed to steer and influence anticipatory activations of the Start Fund. This session will explain the principles underpinning the group and provide an opportunity for member agencies to find out more about its role and the Start Fund Anticipation Window in general

Start Labs: Innovate. Create. Initiate.
Learn more about Start Labs' New Business Models for faster, more anticipatory humanitarian action. Explore in more detail the types of alternative financing mechanisms that build on the strategic strength of the Start Fund and seek to address different types of risk; for example, parametric insurance for drought & loans for both humanitarian response and early interventions.

The Charter4Change is a set of 8 commitments which 25 INGOs, including 7 Start members, have signed up to, to change the way we work with local and national actors. It makes concrete pledges in support of the UN Secretary General’s WHS agenda to ‘reinforce, not replace national and local systems and to invest in local capacities’. Join this session, run by 2 of the 4 initial signatories of the Charter, to find out more about the commitments, how other organisations are beginning to take them on-board, and how they link into and reflect Start’s strategy to open its membership to southern & national NGOs

The event will be on the fourth day of a week known as Start for Change, which also includes governance meetings, workshops,the Annual Conference and Start Talks.

Members’ Day, like the Annual Conference, is open to internal and external stakeholders, but with a particular focus on representatives from the Network’s member agencies.

Download the Start for Change information pack (including details on travel and logistical arrangements)

Read more about Start for Change

To request a link to the registration page, please contact Cem Gurkan for more information.




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