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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.

See where organisations want to create Start Network hubs

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 its ability to provide faster, collective and more efficient ways to help people in need. We now want to take this way of working to scale, while shifting more power and resources to those closest to humanitarian crises.


To achieve this, 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”. This new model was determined as part of a global co-design process in 2017.


Hubs will be collectives of local, national and international organisations operating in the same country or region.


These hubs which will control their own resources and define their own responses to crises affecting their communities, united by a shared purpose and common standards, and supported by a global Start Network Platform. 


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


Hub membership

How to get involved

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).


This process began earlier in 2018 with a global call for Expressions of Interest (EOI), which enabled the Start Network team to map organisational and geographical interest in the hubs model.


With an overwhelming 329 responses, the Start Network is now guiding interested organisations to move further on their journey as collectives, organising themselves in a transformative way. Please see the locations organisations have suggested to create Start Network hubs.

Organisations suggested hubs in the locations above (open this image in a new window)


This process is supported by a Hubs Advisory Group, which was set up to guide these hub collectives forward. Read notes from the group’s meetings here




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


Local, national and international organisations, that are not currently members of Start Network, but that are based in an ODA-recipient country can join a Start Network hub in that country (pending checks).

Existing members based in, or with country offices based in an ODA-recipient country will retain global membership but can eventually transition to hub-based membership in future.

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, 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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