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Start Fund Impact Report 2022

Over the last decade, the humanitarian sector has been heavily impacted by more frequent and severe climate-related crises. We need a more proactive, faster and locally led humanitarian system where communities are supported to analyse risks, create plans and have access to pre-arranged financing to prevent loss of life and livelihoods.

24Nov22

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Start Fund Bangladesh Response Summary - Flash Flood B043

Bangladesh has faced one of the worst flash floods in history in 2022, where northeastern region of the country was devastated by consecutive flash floods during the months of May to June. The affect of the flooding led to more than 7.2 million people directly affected and more than 50% of the affected population in need of humanitarian assistance.

07Nov22

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Potential for Anticipatory Action and Disaster Risk Finance

There is growing interest in proactive, risk-informed humanitarian action to provide more timely, efficient and dignified assistance to communities at risk of crises. Calls to scale up such approaches have emphasised the inadequacy of the current levels of funding for anticipatory action and pre-arranged crisis finance and the importance of setting targets against which to measure progress. Yet, there remains significant variation amongst such targets, and in terms of what constitutes a realistic ambition. We need to reassess within the crises that receive international assistance, what opportunities are available to put in place plans, financing, and where possible implement mitigation actions ahead of the events themselves. The challenge for the humanitarian community is to harness existing science and technology to allow us predict and prepare ahead of escalating crisis risks, whilst also retaining the capacities to respond to highly complex, interconnected and/or unprecedented events. This paper intends to provide a clearer framework for understanding what can be anticipated, and to what degree. The analysis in this report shows that there are significant avenues within the humanitarian caseload to take advantage of the existing operational risk information systems as well as the wider potential for crisis risks not yet served by current operational systems. Additionally, the report recognises that there are limits to the degree that crises can be predicted and funding can be pre-arranged. This reinforces the need for anticipatory action and disaster risk financing measures to be complemented by other response mechanisms during and after a crisis situation and for responses to be tailored to individual crises and contexts.   DOWNLOAD THE REPORT in English in French in Spanish

17Oct22

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LA POSSIBILITE D’AGIR PAR ANTICIPATION ET DE FINANCER LES RISQUES DE CATASTROPHE

L’action humanitaire proactive et fondée sur l’évaluation des risques suscite un intérêt croissant, car elle permet d’apporter une aide plus rapide, plus efficace et plus digne aux communautés exposées aux crises. Les demandes de mise en œuvre à grande échelle de ces approches ont mis en exergue l’inadéquation des niveaux actuels de financement de l’action par anticipation et du financement de crise préétabli, ainsi que l’importance de fixer des objectifs qui permettent de mesurer les avancées. Néanmoins, ces objectifs varient considérablement, de même que ce qui constitue une ambition réaliste. Dans le cadre des crises qui bénéficient d’une aide internationale, quelle est la possibilité d’élaborer des plans, des financements et, dans la mesure du possible, de mettre en œuvre des mesures d’atténuation avant la survenue de l’événement proprement dit? La communauté humanitaire a pour défi de mettre à contribution les sciences et technologies actuelles pour nous permettre de prévoir et de nous préparer à l’escalade des risques de crise, tout en conservant les capacités pour faire face à des événements très complexes, interconnectés et/ou sans précédent. Ce document vise à fournir un cadre plus clair pour comprendre ce qui peut être anticipé, et dans quelle mesure. L'analyse de ce rapport montre qu’il existe une opportunité significative dans le cadre des crises humanitaires pour tirer profit des systèmes d’information sur les risques actuels ainsi qu’un vaste potentiel pour les risques de crise qui ne sont pas encore traités par les systèmes techniques existants. De plus, le rapport reconnaît qu'il y a des limites à la mesure dans laquelle les crises peuvent être prédites et le financement peut être organisé à l'avance. Cela renforce la nécessité que les mesures d'anticipation et de financement des risques de catastrophe soient complétées par d'autres mécanismes de réponse pendant et après une situation de crise et d'être adaptées aux crises et aux contextes individuels.   Lire le rapport complet ici  ENG FR ES  

28Oct22

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EL POTENCIAL PARA LA ACCIÓN ANTICIPATORIA Y LAS FINANZAS ANTE RIESGO DE DESASTRES

Cada vez hay más interés por una acción humanitaria proactiva y basada en los riesgos, como medio para prestar una asistencia más oportuna, eficiente y digna a las comunidades en riesgo de crisis. Los pedidos de ampliar estos enfoques resaltaron la insuficiencia de los niveles actuales de financiación para las acciones anticipatorias y para la financiación preestablecida para crisis, así como la importancia de establecer objetivos con los que medir los avances. Sin embargo, hay gran variación entre estos objetivos, y en términos de lo que constituye una ambición realista. Dentro de las crisis que reciben asistencia internacional, ¿cuál es el alcance para establecer planes, financiación y, cuando sea posible, implementar acciones mitigadoras antes del propio evento? El desafío para la comunidad humanitaria consiste en aprovechar la ciencia y la tecnología existentes para permitirnos predecir y prepararnos antes de que aumenten los riesgos de crisis, al tiempo que conservamos la capacidad de responder a acontecimientos muy complejos, interconectados y/o sin precedentes. Este documento pretende ofrecer un marco más claro para entender qué puede anticiparse y en qué medida. El análisis de este informe muestra que hay grandes oportunidades dentro de la carga de casos humanitarios para aprovechar los sistemas de información de riesgos operativos existentes (el pan comido), así como un potencial más amplio con respecto a los riesgos de crisis que aún no cubren los sistemas operativos actuales. Además, el informe reconoce que existen límites en el grado en que se pueden predecir las crisis y en que se puede la financiación preestablecida. Esto refuerza la necesidad de que la acción anticipada y las medidas de financiación del riesgo de desastres se complementen con otros mecanismos de respuesta durante y después de una situación de crisis y se adapten a las crisis y contextos individuales.   Lea el informe completo aquí ENG FR ES

28Oct22

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Start Ready Handbook

Start Ready provides predictable funding to national networks of members. Because of this, it is suited best to risks that are statistically predictable. These include hazards and risks which follow a pattern of recurrence and magnitude in any given area. These risks are typically either hydro meteorological risks, such as cyclones, droughts, river floods etc, or geological hazards, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions (albeit the latter are with very short lead times).

10Oct22

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MANUEL DU START READY

Start Ready fournit un financement prévisible aux réseaux nationaux de membres. Pour cette raison, il est mieux adapté aux risques qui sont statistiquement prévisibles. Il s'agit des dangers et des risques qui suivent un modèle de récurrence et d'ampleur dans une zone donnée. Ces risques sont généralement des risques hydrométéorologiques, tels que les cyclones, les sécheresses, les inondations fluviales, etc., ou des risques géologiques, tels que les tremblements de terre et les éruptions volcaniques (bien que ces derniers aient des délais très courts).  

02Nov22

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MONTHLY RISK BULLETIN ISSUED: OCTOBER 2022

The monthly risk briefing reports on new, emerging or deteriorating situations; therefore, ongoing events that are considered to be unchanged are not featured and risks that are beyond the scope and scale of the Start Fund are also not featured.

10Oct22

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CERF Anticipatory Action Pre-Crisis Report

This report is the first of its kind on anticipatory action and collates voices of communities, shares their experiences and needs, prior to predictable risks. Some of our findings include; people demand the right to have access to timely, appropriate and accurate information to help keep themselves and their families safe, prior to crises. They also have the right to give feedback about humanitarian assistance.

23Sep22

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AFPDE SKILL Grant Summary Report

In January 2022 AFPDE was awarded Start Network’s Sharing Knowledge and Ideas Under Local Leadership (SKILL) Grant, to conduct a peer learning programme focused on a research project of their choosing. AFPDE connected with other local, national and international organisation as well as members of the community and local officials, to organise a series of research activities and explore community resilience in Nundu, Lemera and Ruzizi health zones of the DRC. This report is condensed from the full research report written by Bagula Amato, who was the consultant hired by AFPDE to lead the data collection and research analysis which captures the findings and recommendations from this work.

31Aug22

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Annual Report and Accounts 2021

In 2021 Start Network reached 5 million people with emergency humanitarian assistance. The Start Network Annual Report and Accounts 2021, tells the story of how we made progress using five keys to systems change: Purpose - We refreshed our strategy and reoriented our vision, mission, and theory of change around locally led humanitarian action to enable communities affected by and at risk of crises to feel and demonstrate their agency and power. Power - We created spaces and systems for decision-making, ways of working, and resource allocation to be increasingly determined by local and national organisations. Practice - We embedded a locally led focus into our activities, re-centring our programmes, actions, and learning around community leadership, solutions, and accountability. Resources - We made resources more easily accessible and available to local organisations. Funds flowed to and were managed by local and national organisations to respond to and increasingly act ahead of predictable crises Relationships - We enabled stronger relationships to grow between different players by ensuring collaborations and partnerships were equitable and sustainable, in support of community priorities.   DOWNLOAD THE REPORT   In Arabic In Bengali In French In Spanish      

10Aug22

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MONTHLY RISK BULLETIN ISSUED: AUGUST 2022

The monthly risk briefing reports on new, emerging or deteriorating situations; therefore, ongoing events that are considered to be unchanged are not featured and risks that are beyond the scope and scale of the Start Fund are also not featured.

08Aug22

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