By joining Start Network, organisations gain access to a range of 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.
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!
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