Start Fund

Filling a gap in the humanitarian sector


The Start Fund provides rapid financing to underfunded small to medium scale crises, spikes in chronic humanitarian crises, and to act in anticipation of impending crises, filling a critical gap in humanitarian financing.

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About the Fund

The first multi-donor pooled fund managed exclusively by NGOs


The Start Fund is collectively owned and managed by Start Network’s members, and supported by the governments of the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Jersey and the IKEA Foundation. 

Projects are chosen by local committees, made up of staff from Start Network members and their partners, within 72 hours of an alert. This makes the Start Fund the fastest, collectively-owned, early response mechanism in the world.

 

Focusing on three types of humanitarian need

 

 

Underfunded small to medium scale crises



Spikes in chronic humanitarian emergencies



Forecast and early action for impending crises



The Start Fund niche

Filling the Gap

Performance


Figures about the Start Fund since its inception in April 2014.
Read more in the Start Network annual report.

People reached

22,583,610

People reached

Crisis alerts raised

492

Crisis alerts raised

Crises responded to

327

Crises responded to

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

66

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

Responses in # countries

68

Responses in # countries

Pounds disbursed

77,023,294

Pounds disbursed

Latest news


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Start Fund Handbook - Bangla

This handbook details the procedures which govern the use and allocation of the Start Fund.

23Apr21

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BULLETIN TRIMESTRIEL D’APPRENTISSAGE: JAN-MAR 2021

Cette note résume certains des principaux enseignements tirés par le Start Network au cours du premier trimestre 2021. Le résumé présente les principaux enseignements et fournit des liens vers des rapports plus détaillés. Il se concentre sur Nos méthodes de travail - comment pouvons-nous améliorer nos preuves et notre apprentissage? Programmes : ce qu'il faut prendre en compte lors de la mise en œuvre des programmes et Ce quoi nous voulons en savoir... Le dossier est disponible en français, anglais et espagnol.

09Apr21

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RESUMEN TRIMESTRAL DE APRENDIZAJE: ENERO-MARZO 2021

Este informe resume algunos de los principales aprendizajes de la red Start Network en el primer trimestre de 2021. En él se exponen las principales conclusiones del aprendizaje y se ofrecen enlaces a informes más detallados. Se centra en Nuestros métodos de trabajo - ¿cómo podemos mejorar nuestra evidencia y aprendizaje? Programas: qué hay que tener en cuenta a la hora de implementar los programas Sobre lo que queremos aprender más El informe está disponible en español, inglés y francés.

09Apr21

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Quarterly Learning Brief: Jan-Mar 2021

This new quarterly one-page brief summarises some of Start Network’s key learning from January to March of 2021. The brief talks through the key learning takeaways and provides links to more detailed reports. It focuses on Ways of working: how can we improve our evidence and learning? Programmes: what to consider when implementing programmes and What we want to learn more about. The brief is provided in English, Spanish and French. 

09Apr21

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