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Start for Change 2017


08 May 2017





Start for Change is an annual, week-long series of events that brings together humanitarian directors and senior representatives from some of the world’s leading civil society organisations, to discuss the challenges of the current humanitarian system and find ways to overcome them.

Much like the Start Network itself, the week is a platform enabling them to identify new ways of working together, and explore innovative ideas that, if taken to scale, can make the system of humanitarian aid fit for the 21st century.

The format for the week was first tested in 2014, when it was known as ‘Mega-Week’. In time, Mega-Week rebranded as Start for Change, and combined strategic governance meetings; an Annual Conference acting as a forum for discussion and debate on the current humanitarian economy; a public event called 'Start Talks' which was introduced last year, and  a ‘Members’ Day’ consisting of parallel workshops, which enable members to dive deeper into issues, challenges and ideas that affect us as a network. 

In the past, Start for Change events have also involved multilaterals, governments, innovators, opinion-formers and other stakeholders – from the private sector and beyond. This year, the week will focus on further engaging our members in our existing work, as well as in our strategy and vision for the future; Start for Change will therefore primarily consist of governance meetings and internal workshops. 

Monday 8 May

Start Fund Council: A private meeting of governmental and multilateral donors and advisers from the British,Irish and Dutch governments and ECHO (as principles donors to the Start Network), aswell as other potential government donors; partners; and executives from our membership.

DEPP Collaboration Day: A private meeting of representatives from agencies leading on projects with the Disastersand Emergencies Preparedness Programme, including international delegates from atseven different countries.

Tuesday 9 May

Members Day: A day of parallel workshops where Start Network members  can discuss topics that arepertinent to our work and the wider humanitarian sector. Read more about it here.

Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 May

Assembly meeting: A meeting of Humanitarian Directors and CEOs from our 42 member agencies, to discusspast performance and the future strategic trajectory of the Network.

For more information on the Start for Change events, please contact Antigone Mathianaki.



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