Assessment in Myanmar
Assessment in Myanmar after flooding © Norwegian Refugee Council

Early and rapid financing

We innovate to find new approaches to funding that are proactive and that reach people at risk quickly.

In the past, the humanitarian system has been reactive and therefore very slow to act. This has meant that funding did not always reach the people who needed it at the right time.

Through our family of funds, we can ensure timely and reliable funding for crises - reducing their impact. 


Why we need early and rapid financing

The needs of people affected by crises have changed. Factors such as climate change, inequality, conflict and increased urban densities mean that disasters are increasingly complex. They are also more frequent.

There has also been positive change: we have improved our ability to predict the likelihood of disasters, and we have made progress in our understanding how human vulnerability increases disaster risk. Despite all of this, the humanitarian system continues to react as though disasters are unexpected surprises, responding only after they happen and then often slowly. 

A new approach is needed so that NGOs can act early when they see crises coming.


Our approach

Start Network has created new funding instruments – different types of funding for different types of hazards. We have developed these through pilot programmes such as Disaster Risk Financing Pakistan and ARC Replica in Senegal, which help us to learn what works best and what we still need to learn.

The early and rapid financing work is scaling, with local members developing their know-how and taking over management of anticipatory financing systems. We have developed several training resources to help make this happen. 


Our programmes and funds

Anticipatory funding

Our global Start Fund provides funding for small to medium-scale crises and is based on dynamic, timely decision-making. Alerts are raised as soon as there are signs that a crisis is coming, decisions are made quickly and projects can be carried out in a short time period – ahead of a crisis. 

As well as responding to existing crises, Start Fund can also provide funding for anticipatory action, through anticipation alerts raised by our members.

Disaster risk financing 

Start Ready provides timely, reliable humanitarian funding using a disaster risk financing approach. This means that decisions about funding are agreed upon in advance: funds are pre-positioned, and then disbursed when pre-agreed thresholds are met to deliver pre-designed humanitarian projects.      


Our partners


FOREWARN is a Start Network initiative, bringing together humanitarian professionals, academics and risk experts at a global and national level. FOREWARN members provide specific advice to anticipatory projects led by Start Network members, including Start Fund alerts and forecasting tools

ARC Replica

ARC Replica is a partnership with African Risk Capacity that helps African nations proactively manage climate-related humanitarian risks through macro-insurance.

Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP)

REAP is a global partnership involving actors across the climate, humanitarian and development communities,, including NGO's, governments, Met offices, the UN and private sector. Start Network are key members of REAP with our CEO sitting on the board.

InsuResilience Global Partnership

InsuResilience provides climate risk insurance coverage for vulnerable people.

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