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MONTHLY RISK BULLETIN ISSUED: SEPTEMBER 2021

The monthly risk briefing reports on new, emerging or deteriorating situations; therefore, ongoing events that are considered to be unchanged are not featured and risks that are beyond the scope and scale of the Start Fund are also not featured. It is collated by the Start Network Anticipation and Risk Financing team using information from academia and research institutes, government departments, ACAPS, global risk indexes, risk information provided by Start Members and their partners, and the media. Key risks are shared and collated each month with FOREWARN input.  

16Sep21

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ACCOUNTABILITY TO AT RISK COMMUNITIES IN DISASTER RISK FINANCING (DRF) SYSTEMS: GUIDANCE NOTE

Disaster risk financing is an innovative approach for timely and predictable crisis management. With decisions about how a crisis will be monitored, funded and acted on taken in advance, there are new opportunities and challenges around ensuring accountability to affected populations (AAP).  

13Sep21

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PRESS & MEDIA KIT: G7 SUMMIT 2021

Start Network is a global network of more than 50 Non-Governmental Organisations, working across six continents. The aim of the network is to tackle what it sees are the biggest systemic problems in the humanitarian action sector and to transform humanitarian action through innovation, fast funding, early action, and locally led action.

10Sep21

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LOCALLY-LED HUMANITARIAN ACTION ADVOCACY PACK

This document includes a summary of key locally-led humanitarian action asks developed by Start Network. This can be used by the Start Network team, Start Network members and partners. Messages will be updated regularly as new evidence emerges from our programmes.

10Sep21

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Enabling Anticipatory Action at Scale Policy Brief for Donor Governments

The Anticipatory Action Task Force (AATF) brings together the key agencies implementing anticipatory action on the ground. The AATF draws on a wealth of experience from implementing anticipatory action initiatives in over 60 countries. The mission of the AATF is to promote the use of anticipatory humanitarian action to risks1 . The taskforce also supports evidence-based policies that make anticipatory action possible.

10Sep21

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Anticipatory Action Task Force (AATF) ToR

Acting prior to a predictable hazard in order to safeguard lives and livelihoods, to reduce human suffering and losses and damages, is a faster, more efficient and more dignified response.

10Sep21

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ARC Replica - DEFEATING DROUGHT: Crisis Averted in Senegal

Although drought can be predicted months in advance, humanitarian assistance is often delayed – because it takes time to raise funds after the crisis has happened. When drought hit Senegal in 2020, this wasn’t the case – because of the insurance policy we bought in 2019, which paid out before the worst effects were felt. Our payout, worth $10.6 million, combined with an additional contingency fund release of $375,000 meant we could reach 335,000 people with timely assistance, helping them to prepare before it was too late.

18Aug21

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Start Network Strategy 2021 to 2023

The events of the past 18 months have thrown down an important gauntlet for Start Network to deepen our commitment to local humanitarian action and the power shifts that this requires, to demonstrate that acting collectively, early and ahead of a crisis can minimise death and suffering, and to galvanise our diverse, growing global network around a critical examination of our ethics and our mindsets and around accelerating systems change. 

03Aug21

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The Start Fund: Value and Uniqueness

The Start Fund is the first multi-donor pooled humanitarian funding mechanism, managed exclusively by international and national non-governmental organisations (INGOs/NNGOs). As its membership has expanded, the frequency of alerts has risen, tools and systems have improved, governance has been restructured, and evidence and learning pro-cesses have been strengthened. In its sixth year of operation, by August 2020 the Start Fund had awarded over £71m and demand was seen to be at an all-time high. Past independent evaluations of the Start Fund and its performance have concluded that it is a successful and unique funding mechanism that has added significant value to, and has great potential to reform, the humanitarian financing system.

09Aug21

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DEPP Innovation Labs follow-up research

The DEPP Innovation Labs programme was a two and a half year initiative from 2016-2019 that supported the creation of four community-centred innovation labs in disaster-affected countries (Bangladesh, Jordan, Kenya and the Philippines) to strengthen disaster preparedness and response. The programme was managed by Start Network and the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network. The labs offered skills training, business mentoring, financial support, and the necessary infrastructure to turn local ideas into viable, scalable solutions. All the innovation labs followed a human-centred design process to create local-level solutions that work for and with vulnerable people. Overall, the DEPP Labs supported close to 100 innovations covering a broad range of areas such as early warning communication systems, disaster awareness education tools, protective flood barriers, agricultural tech applications to counter the effects of drought and transport and accommodation solutions for refugees.

05Aug21

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Annual Report 2020

2020 was a difficult year for communities around the world. The year reinforced the need for local, highly contextual solutions to humanitarian problems, and heightened the need for proactivity, flexibility and speed when managing disasters. In 2020 Start Network stepped up its support for communities, while demonstrating and advocating for change across the global humanitarian system. Our 2020 Annual Review demonstrates what the network achieved in 2020, it covers three areas; locally led action, collective innovation and new forms of financing.

02Aug21

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REVISION ANUAL 2020

2020 fue un año difícil para las comunidades de todo el mundo. El año reforzó la necesidad de soluciones locales y altamente contextualizadas para los problemas humanitarios, y acentuó la necesidad de proactividad, flexibilidad y rapidez en la gestión de los desastres.

02Aug21

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