As the COVID-19 pandemic started to spread and affect countries and communities all around the world, Start Network recognised the importance of utilising the experience of its members to manage and support responses to critical COVID-19-related humanitarian needs. As a result, a COVID-19 context-specific rapid response fund was established, drawing from the principles and best practices of the global Start Fund.
This report documents, reflects upon, and highlights best practices and lessons from the programming that Start Fund COVID-19 has supported. This includes how projects have responded to the crisis with a specific focus on vulnerable communities; how members and their partners coordinated and collaborated while adapting to the new realities of COVID-19; and lessons from remote programming and implementation. Drawing upon specific examples and experiences from Start Fund COVID-19 projects, it aims to generate learning that can inform future responses to COVID-19 and crises.