Start Network at the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) 2024

Start Network will be at this year’s Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW) to showcase learning from our programmes and advocate for more locally led and anticipatory action in the humanitarian sector.

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Holly Seglah


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The Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW) is an annual event organised by UN OCHA to bring together participants from the UN, NGOs, Member States, the private sector, the military, academia and beyond to discuss and solve common challenges in humanitarian affairs.

This year, we will be leading two sessions to bring together diverse voices from our membership, donors, and partners to discuss key issues in the humanitarian sector. We will also be lending our voice to a few other sessions organised by our partners.


Check out our hybrid sessions at HNPW:

7 May 2024, 11:00-12:30 (CEST), Accelerating Localised Humanitarian Action: The role of national pooled funds

In recent years, many governments and donors have reaffirmed their commitments to localisation, USAID, ECHO and most recently, FCDO have made it a strategic priority. However, very little has changed since the WHS in 2016, and despite a renewed focus in the framework of Grand Bargain 3.0, the sector is underdelivering this promise.

This session will showcase how innovative approaches and national pooled fund mechanisms can pave the way to scale up and drive more tangible commitments to locally led approaches.

Register to attend the session in person or online.


8 May 2024, 16:00-17:30 (CEST), Anticipatory Action and Disaster Risk Management: Impact, opportunities and the way forward

Anticipatory action in the humanitarian system continues to gain momentum. In 2023, the Grand Bargain has included anticipatory action as a core element of their work. While this is a great sign of the system shifting to more proactive approaches, it is paramount to understand the scope, reach, opportunities and limitations of early and anticipatory action, and how it is part of the crisis management cycle.

This session will unpack the role of early and anticipatory action in disaster risk management, and how different stages of the crisis management cycle interact and can positively reinforce a more timely, adequate and dignified responses.

Register to attend the session in person or online.


We will also be sharing our insights in the following sessions led by our partners:

2 May 2024, 14:00-15:30 (CEST), Mainstreaming Anticipatory Action in Humanitarian Planning: AA integration into the humanitarian programme cycle Anticipatory Action Task Force.

6 May 2024, 9:00 – 10:30 (CEST), Embracing the Nexus of Climate, Localisation, and Faith: A Call to Collective Action, Islamic Relief Worldwide. Session Link.

6 May 2024, 16:00-17:30 (CEST), Funding Well, CHS Alliance, SSI. Session Link.

7 May 2024, 11:00 – 12:30 (CEST), Anticipatory Action in 2023: A global overview, Anticipation Hub, Anticipatory Action Task Force. Session Link

8 May 2024, 16:00-17:30 (CEST), Conducting Rapid Anticipatory Analysis in a Context of Climate Uncertainty, ACAPS. Session Link.

8 May 2024, 16:00-17:30 (CEST), IFRC DREF’s contribution to the global localisation agenda, IFRC. Session Link.

9 May 2024, 9:00 – 10:30 (CEST), IFRC DREF  - Two way feedback mechanism to strengthen accountability of humanitarian pooled funds, IFRC. Session Link.

9 May 2024, 9:00-10:30 (CEST), Anticipatory Action: A crucial piece of the Disaster Risk Management puzzle?  Anticipatory Action Task Force. Session Link.

9 May 2024, 11:00 - 12:30 (CEST), Data Quality Challenges and Their Impact on the Humanitarian Response Cycle, Map Action. Session Link.

9 May 2024, 16:00-17:30 (CEST), IFRC DREF Anticipatory Action Pillar - Plan vs Actual Early Action Protocols activated between 2019- 2023. Session Link.


Join us!