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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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.
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