Crisis is a time for new dreams
How do we re-imagine a world that is better equipped to deal with global crises? Founding members of five humanitarian hubs in India, Pakistan, DRC, Guatemala and Pacific will invite you into a discussion on how COVID-19 requires us to rethink the role of local leadership.
August 26 10:00 (CST)/ 17:00 (BST)/ 21:00 (PST) / 21:30 (IST) /04:00 (FJT)*
*please note that this is 04:00 Fiji time on August 27
Following the publication of a bold paper in June aimed at catalysing a more local response to the immediate needs of COVID-19 and to accelerate a lasting step-change in humanitarian response, Start Network's five hubs are organising a webinar to discuss the implications of the paper. Make sure you read the paper before you join the webinar!
Start Network’s Hub makers are building a new enabling culture and infrastructure to help make humanitarian response more local, more responsive, more effective. Their paper centres around seven calls-to-action for the Start Network and the wider humanitarian sector. These include
1. BECOMING RADICALLY OPEN
provide the fastest possible mechanisms for the membership of a much wider diversity of new actors as they join the effort, including sharing the due diligence already undertaken by others.
2. HYPER-LOCAL FUND
dramatically reduce the minimum size of grants to $100 dollars, made available through Hubs and their members to a network of trusted local actors – with the lightest possible reporting requirements.
3. CRISIS, RESILIENCE AND RENEWAL
resource local design teams to build a collective strategy and plan for the current and future COVID-19 response. And crucially, for this to involve designing the transitions between phases of response — which typically involve different actors and approaches.
4. HOLDING POWER TO ACCOUNT
Hold power to account as new behaviours and protocols privileging local action are implemented at speed by: a) a global and transparent index charting the progress of major donors and agencies towards ‘localisation’, and b) creating a supportive unit that provides real-time advice to large actors on efforts to localise their response.
5. RAPID INNOVATION FUND
launch a rapid innovation fund and multi-sited global incubator for supporting Covid-19 innovators to access the knowledge, experience, markets, investment and compliance support they deserve.
6. A LEARNING FRAMEWORK
resource and host peer-to-peer and academic reflective spaces, so learning on COVID-19 response can be embedded, and so insights and new behaviours can be codified and shared with global decision-makers to challenge and support the sector’s step-change efforts.
7. SHARING MODELS THAT WORK
resource a global search for effective models in response to Covid-19 and a platform to make these models open-source and make insight on their effectiveness available.
This webinar will discuss these ideas and the actions needed to realise their ambitions.
Start Network supports these five hubs as part of its vision to grow into a network of networks. Read more about the vision and process in supporting Hubs.