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Disaster Risk Financing Workshop

This workshop will be a three-day diagnostic workshop which incorporates a Disaster Risk Finance (DRF) approach to map the humanitarian needs and financial requirements of a hub in the DRC.  

In November 2018, under the initiative of the Hub development in DR Congo, around 20 potential members of DR Congo Hub met in Goma, together with a Start Network team representative, to create a vision for a more effective and efficient humanitarian system in DRC that is independent, proactive, community-led, with collective responsibility. The DRC Hub has identified priority areas of work including ​training in risk financing.


This workshop will bring together emerging hubs (incl. Start Network members and local organisations) and wider stakeholders at national level, using a Disaster Risk Finance lens to work through the following questions:

  • What are the key humanitarian risks/hazards of concern in this context?
  • How are these needs met by the humanitarian systems, where does funding come from?
  • Where/when are the critical gaps in financing of assistance?
  • What is the opportunity for the future hub to address systemic financing problems?
  • What would the next steps be to progress this work? And what support can the Start Network risk finance team provide.

The aims of this workshop will be to build the capacity of Hub members, local and international partners in Disaster Risk Financing, and adapt training materials that Start Network has at a global level to the DRC context – showcasing examples of successful early action, anticipation and risk financing in DRC. We will use these examples to build the case for how (and if) DRF can be used in DRC Hub for more efficient humanitarian action.

We will also be incorporating requests from Start Network members into this workshop – such as a recap of the Start Funds as well as our vision for the future (which includes Hubs and the start Financing Facility design).


Workshop report, available for the Start Network members to use as a basis to progress HUB discussions at national level. In addition, it will be used to inform the development of wider global Start Network financial infrastructure (the Start Financing Facility).

Benefits of participating in this workshop

  • Opportunity to feed into the design of the Start Financing Facility, which will be one of the main funding structures for hubs and members in future
  • Opportunity to identify the systemic humanitarian financing problems in your specific country/region
  • Opportunity to work together with different hub stakeholders on the design of solutions to those systemic problems, and to develop a roadmap to move forward on these activities
  • Opportunity to learn more about the support that the Start Network can provide on risk financing

Find out more by emailing Leonie le Borgne.

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