The Start Fund launched in April for its six-month ‘design and build’ phase. Immediately, the first activation raised questions about the Fund’s scope and positioning.
As in many conflict zones, instability can affect project design and delivery. Changing needs, emerging gaps and population variances are recurring aspects of emergency response projects all too familiar to humanitarian organisations.
At the best of times, the movement of internally displaced people into a host community can strain already scarce resources and create tensions.
The sixth Start Fund allocation was made last week in response to the Cholera epidemic in Cameroon.
On July 8th 2014 the first four projects from the Start Build portfolio were able to begin with funding from the UK Department for International Development’s Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP).
Yesterday the Start Fund allocated £155,970 to provide assistance to people affected by the recent escalation of fighting in Amran, Yemen.
Four projects are now underway with funding from the Start Fund to respond to the recent outbreak of Ebola in Sierra Leone.
The Start Network successfully completed its first test for decentralising decision making yesterday when a Start Fund project selection committee based in Nairobi met for the first time.
Start: Working differently 2014 took place last week, a bold and experimental series of events to launch a number of new governance mechanisms for the Start Network.