New forms of financing
shifting from reactive to proactive financing
We believe that by providing funding fast, early, in a collaborative way – and by providing it based on need and not on media headlines or political will - we can help responders and communities to become better prepared to act in a crisis. In short, fast funds in the right place at the right time, saves lives.
Shifting from reactive to proactive financing
A Family of Funds
Our network of networks will be underpinned by a family of funds and financial services in order to pool investment and risk and help more communities at a reduced cost.
It will use this family of funds, the Start Financing Facility, to support its membership in accessing fast funds to respond to small and medium-sized crises and in putting in place pre-arranged funds and financing that can facilitate more timely, proactive or risk-informed crisis action. It will do so while ensuring these funds are increasingly accessible to the local and national actors joining the network.
There is increasing evidence that shifting the focus from response to protecting people ahead of shocks, and relying on pre-agreed plans and finance, is a faster, more dignified and more cost-effective approach to disasters and crises. There is a need for coherence, connectivity and scale to support the efforts of frontline humanitarian responders to be better financially prepared in advance of crises.
Start Network will address this by supporting inclusive locally-led structures, to own, develop and implement financing strategies and systems in their contexts. We will do this by working with them on the operational, technical and partnership aspects to build their own Start Funds or disaster risk financing initiatives.
We will also scale our flagship global Start Fund, and support the growth of national funds, such as Start Fund Bangladesh and others, to respond to small to medium scale crises that are often overlooked by humanitarian donors. Scaling will include increasing overall funding levels, further streamlining and automating its processes and improving its accessibility for national and local members. The anticipatory work of all Start funds will also continue to be a priority, mitigating the impact of humanitarian crises on lives and livelihoods by making funding available ahead of a crisis.
We will bring together all of Start Network’s experience and learning over the past six years into a single instrument, the Start Financing Facility (SFF), marrying the proven success of the Start Fund, with our growing portfolio of risk-based financing products. The combination will enable faster, more efficient and more effective global humanitarian action or those crises that are difficult to predict while enabling us to ‘layer’ financing instruments for more predictable crises in a way that makes our money work harder and stretch further.
In 2021-2023, Start Network will:
- Support inclusive locally-led structures, to own, develop and implement financing strategies and systems in their contexts to better serve the needs of populations affected by and at-risk of crises.
- Grow and improve the global Start Fund, and support the growth of national funds to respond to small to medium scale crises that are often overlooked by humanitarian donors.
- Activate the Start Financing Facility as global financial infrastructure and a way of connecting a range of funds and financing mechanisms, that are timely, proactive, accessible to local actors, and accountable to the membership on behalf of the populations that they serve.
- Influence donors and develop capacity across the network to help secure flexible multi-year funds that can support these instruments in being accessible to all of our members.
Some examples of our programmes
The Start Fund
Start Fund Bangladesh
Anticipation & Risk Financing
Migration Emergency Response Fund
New financing in action
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