Membership

Why be a member of the Start Network?


The Start Network provides its members not only with a source of fast and dependable funding for responding to under-the-radar crises, but also with a clear vision for shifting to a more decentralised and proactive humanitarian system, the tools to do this and a platform and voice to facilitate this change. Narratives from our members have helped us pull together our value offerings into five main themes: a shared vision, a financial infrastructure, technical services, a convening platform and finally a voice for change.

 

Shared Vision

The Start Network has a very clear vision: to create a proactive, innovative and locally owned humanitarian system which enables the delivery of better quality humanitarian aid, maintains the dignity of people caught up in disasters, and saves more lives and livelihoods. Through this vision, our members are able to meet their commitments to change the current system to be more relevant and appropriate.

 

“Being part of a global NGO network challenges us all to think about how we can work better together to change and improve how the humanitarian system works.”

[Nick Guttmann, Head of Humanitarian Division, Christian Aid]  

 

Financial Infrastructure

The Start Network provides a financial infrastructure that offers timely, efficient and predictable funding to support at-risk populations, empowering members with the necessary resources to act effectively and efficiently. 

 

“The Start Fund has helped foster early preparedness and rapid response action within our country teams and our local partners.” 

[Noreen Gumbo, Head of Humanitarian Programmes, Trocaire]  

 

Technical Services

The Start Network provides tools and resources to support our products, expertise in specific areas such as trigger-systems for risk financing and business development, and novel systems such as tiered due diligence. These technical services have enabled members to improve their ways of working.  

 

“The experience of due diligence has led to us initiating a process to refine our information methods.”

[Graciela Colunga, Executive Director, Asociacion Pro-Vida]  

 

Convening Platform

The Start Network provides a convening platform, enabling diverse and equitable partnerships and collaborations. Through the network, members gain access to a global community of organizations and stakeholders, building a wider range of relationships than they could develop on their own.

 

“Because of the Start Network, we have been able to develop friendships, create short term partnerships, give and receive feedback on our work and that of others, and learn innovative ways of responding to a crisis.”

[Erika Glanz, Director of International Emergencies and Operations, CADENA organisation]

 

Voice

Finally, the Start Network ensures that all members have a voice. Inclusion in decision-making (from peer-led funding allocation decisions to network-wide governance and shaping our strategic direction) affords our members a strong voice, empowerment and visibility at a global scale. 

 

“An added value of the Start Network is the empowerment to bring another voice, another experience to the table.”

[Karen Janjua, Associate Regional Director (Strategy and Partnership), Community World Service Asia]  

 

Our members are highly diverse, ranging from small NGOs to large internationals, those with specific niches and areas of expertise to those covering the whole spectrum of humanitarian assistance. Together they make the Start Network what it is today, and the value they find in being part of the network is at least equally matched by the value the Start Network places in having them part of this collective.

Member benefits

Influence

Influence


Influence and co-create innovative and collaborative approaches

Access

Access


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

Capability

Capability


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

Partnerships

Partnerships


Opportunities to collaborate and build effective partnerships globally.

The future of membership


The Start Network has proven its ability to provide faster, collective and more efficient ways to help people in need. Seeking to take our ways of working to scale, while shifting more power and resources to those closest to humanitarian crises, in 2017 our members made a strategic decision to shift the Start Network to a model of national and regional hubs. Read more about hubs here.

 

For the network to decentralise, and for this new model of national and regional hubs to emerge, membership can no longer be centralised - instead, it has to devolve to the hubs themselves. 

 

There is still a lot of uncertainty around the “network of hubs” model, which is why we have decided to test it through a Proof of Concept phase between now and 2021. Through this Proof of Concept, we hope to meet a set of learning objectives before the hubs can be taken to scale. As our team’s internal capacity is limited, we can only support the testing of the hub model in five locations: Pakistan, India, DR Congo, Guatemala and the Pacific. During this phase, in order to grow the infrastructure needed at the hub level, Start Network membership will primarily only be open to organisations in those five countries/regions.

 

See the Start Network’s Membership Policy for more information on membership benefits, rights and obligations.

 

To find out if your organisation may be able to join as a member, follow the decision tree below! 

 

More about our members


Blog Post

Interview with Manu Gupta and Varghese Antony

In June four humanitarian organisations from India joined the Start Network, and one of these is SEEDS. We spoke with Manu Gupta and Varghese Antony about their previous interactions with the Start Network and their motivations for joining.

05Aug20

Blog Post

Interview with Naseer Channa, Bright Star Development Society Balochistan

Last month, four humanitarian organisations from Pakistan joined the Start Network, and one of these is BSDSB. We spoke with Naseer Channa about his previous interactions with the Start Network and his motivations for joining.

15Jul20

News Article

Twelve local and national organisations become members of Start Network

Start Network is pleased to announce that 12 new local and national aid agencies, based in India, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, have joined the network. The new members have joined as part of Start Network’s plans to build a more balanced network made up of more local and national actors.

24Jun20

Blog Post

How Start Network challenges the way members operate in the humanitarian sector

Concern Worldwide was one of the founding members of the Start Network when it was first conceived under the Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies 10 years ago. Here Bob Ruxton, Director of Programme Support at Concern, shares with us some thoughts on being a member of the Start Network and highlights the importance of working collectively in challenging the system and the potential of the hubs as the source of future energy for the Start Network.

17Jun20


Find out if you can join the Start Network


Other
Unfortunately the Start Network only admits humanitarian NGOs as members at the moment - though in the future we will explore other forms of membership (such as with academia, private sector organisations etc.) In the meantime you can subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with the Start Network.

INGO NOT in hub location
Unfortunately at the moment the Start Network only accepts local or national organisations as members, in select countries or regions where hubs are being developed. This means that your organisation is not eligible for membership at this time. However, you can engage and stay up to date with Start Network by subscribing to our monthly newsletter.
INGO in hub locations
There are hub initiatives that are active in those countries, which will be admitting new members from 2020 onwards - however only national or local organisations will be eligible to apply during that window. If you would like to stay up to date with the Start Network, you can subscribe to our newsletter to receive regular updates!

Local/national NGO NOT in hub location
Unfortunately at the moment the Start Network only accepts new members in select countries or regions where hubs are being developed. This means that your organisation is not eligible for membership at this time - however a hub may be formed in your country at a later stage, at which point you should be able to apply. In the meantime you can log your interest using the form below and subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with the Start Network.



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Pakistan
There is a hub initiative active in Pakistan! If you are interested to find out more and potentially apply for membership once the application window opens, please log your interest using the form below. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with the Start Network.



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Democratic Republic of Congo
There is a hub initiative active in DRC! If you are interested to find out more and potentially apply for membership once the application window opens, please log your interest using the form below. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with the Start Network.

Il existe une initiative centrale active en RDC ! Si vous souhaitez en savoir plus et éventuellement faire une demande d'adhésion une fois que la fenêtre de demande s'ouvrira, veuillez enregistrer votre intérêt en utilisant le formulaire ci-dessous. Vous pouvez également vous inscrire à notre newsletter pour vous tenir au courant des activités du Start Network.



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India
There is a hub initiative active in India! If you are interested to find out more and potentially apply for membership once the application window opens, please log your interest using the form below. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with the Start Network.



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Pacific
There is a hub initiative active in the Pacific region! If you are interested to find out more and potentially apply for membership once the application window opens, please log your interest using the form below. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with the Start Network.



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Guatemala
There is a hub initiative active in Guatemala! If you are interested to find out more and potentially apply for membership once the application window opens, please log your interest using the form below. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with the Start Network.



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