Start Ready - How it works

Start Ready builds on the Start Network’s experience in developing locally led systems that enable frontline humanitarians to access early, predictable disaster risk finance.

Start Ready pre-positions funding for crises that happen with regular patterns of reoccurrence (like floods, droughts, and heatwaves) and for which it is possible to model where they are likely to occur, how frequently, and what the impact would be on the most vulnerable communities. Our evidence suggests that around 55% of humanitarian funding goes to crises like these that are somewhat predictable, and yet only 1% of funding is organised in advance. In the face of escalating climate emergencies, it is both possible and necessary to prepare systems and funding in advance, to ensure more timely, effective, and efficient action to assist communities at risk.