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Join the Start Network

Start Network is developing a new form of membership that will enable a wider range of organisations to join us on our journey to transform the humanitarian sector. In 2019 we will be admitting organisations to join national or regional Start Network “hubs”. If you are interested in working with the Network, or in applying for membership through a hub, please read more below.

Read more about joining a Start Network Hub

Member benefits



Influence and co-create innovative and collaborative approaches



Access to new funding, resources, information, knowledge, expertise and relationships



Opportunities to build the capabilities of your organisation, staff and systems.



Opportunities to collaborate and build effective partnerships globally.

Start Network Hubs

What is a Hub?

The Start Network has proven that faster, collective and more efficient ways to help people in need are not only necessary, but possible. We now want to take these to scale, shifting more power and resources to those closest to humanitarian crises.


To achieve that, Start Network needs to change its model and evolve from the largely centralised entity it is today, to a dispersed, international network of Start Network “hubs”.


These will be collectives of local, national, and international organisations operating in the same country or region, which will control their own resources and define their own responses to crises affecting their communities, united by a shared purpose and common standards.


Read more about our vision for the future of Start Network or watch the video in English, Spanish, French.


Hub membership

How to apply

In 2018 and 2019, the Start Network is opening up the option of hub-based membership to organisations based in countries where international humanitarian aid work is undertaken (as defined by the DAC list of countries eligible for Official Development Assistance or ODA).


We issued a call for expressions of interest (EOI) from various stakeholder groups, to gauge organisational and geographical interest in Start Network hubs. The EOI survey has now closed, but you can read more about the process here (also available in SpanishFrenchArabic and Urdu). The survey results will be shared later in the summer of 2018.


With an overwhelming 329 expressions of interest, the Start Network now wants to guide interested organisations to move further on their journey as collectives, organising themselves in a transformative way. To enable this, we have created a ‘Hubs Advisory Group’, to guide these collectives forward. The minutes of the first meeting of this group are available here, and EOI respondents will be informed on next steps in August 2018. 



Application for hub membership - What happens next?

1. August 2018: Results of the Expression of Interest are shared with survey respondents and beyond, to spark conversations

2. September & October 2018: Discussion groups are formed for each suggested hub location.

3. Late 2018 onwards: Hub groups undertake a mapping of their national or regional humanitarian ecosystems, and identify their own theories of change that are appropriate for their context.

4. Early 2019: Hub groups develop a business case and conduct experiments aimed to identify opportunities for systems change

5. Each hub can transition from "pre hubs" into full hubs at its own pace. The process will include signing a licensing agreement, undergoing due diligence, securing funding and finally paying licensing fees

Hub membership


We are particularly seeking expressions of interest in joining hubs from organisations that have a pre-existing relationships with us (e.g. any organisation/network that has received Start Network funding, new members and current members.


New members can be NGO, for-profit, academic institution, or second-line service provider and will be expected to:

- Commit to humanitarian principles and charter, and a mission to improve the lives of vulnerable people (e.g. CHS, UN Global Compact)

- Be willing to contribute to establishing a hub in a national context

- Commit to a measurable investment in the Start Network’s vision subject to peer review

- Commit to systematic data collection, analysis and communication to aid mutual learning

- Meet the Start Network’s due diligence standards (currently being revised)

- Be willing to sign the Start Network legal agreement (affiliate Memorandum of Understanding or Network agreement).


For any questions on the survey or process, please contact Antigone Mathianaki.


José-Luis Barreiro García, ACF Country Director Colombia

  • What our members say
  • José-Luis Barreiro García, ACF Country Director Colombia

“We are modelling a new way of how to respond to emergencies. And we are demonstrating that we are better, we are faster than other funds, like country based humanitarian funds. The [Start] Fund demonstrates that we can start activities within one week and no other donor, at this moment, is able to do that in this kind of emergency. Another way of doing things is possible.” Speaking about the Start Fund and its response to the Columbia oil spill.

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