We're aiming to build a more balanced international aid system
We believe that a more balanced international aid system, which shifts power to those closest to the front-line, will generate more effective and appropriate responses for people affected by crises.
Our programmes enable local decision-making, support the growth of local innovation and develop local capacity of individuals, organisations and institutions.
Start Network & Localisation
Localisation is not a new concept in the humanitarian sector, but it has recently been pushed to the forefront, a result of both external trends and of global initiatives.
These initiatives include the UN-facilitated World Humanitarian Summit Grand Bargain, Charter4Change, NEAR (the Network for Empowered Aid Response), Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, and workstreams of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) and Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), to name a few.
Many of these efforts have inter-related agendas and the Start Network creates practical ways to put these efforts into practice and to learn and improve as we go. Read about how Start Network contributes to the Grand Bargain commitments.
At the Start Network, we see our progress in localisation as being a journey. We have been ‘learning by doing’ through our programmes to ensure we can improve collectively across our network.
For us, rather than replicating any formal initiative, we aim to build on what exists, critically reflect on our progress and adapt our methods. We aim for our efforts to be appropriate to our programming and partnerships on the ground and ensure they meet the vision we have for a more balanced international aid system.
We know we cannot go alone. We work to ensure that we can share our progress, and collaborate and learn from others as we go, to contribute to ongoing efforts around the world in the localisation agenda.
Localisation in action
Many of the Start Network programmes have actively sought to learn how we can improve localisation.
The Disasters & Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP), worked alongside local, national and international actors to strengthen capacity and better prepare for disasters. It also provided flexible funding for national NGOs, helped them to access international coordination platforms, and also helped partners join existing or establish their own new national networks.
The DEPP Innovation Labs has built on this to create national innovation labs, which are identifying and supporting local innovators and their solutions to humanitarian challenges.
The Start Fund uses local decision making to select projects based on contextual knowledge. While the Start Fund Bangladesh is working to actively include local organizations as part of the management of the fund.
The Start Fund Localisation Review (August 2017) suggested ‘Seven Dimensions of Localisation’ which are helping us improve and embed localisation further. The DEPP Localisation Action Research (in progress) where several DEPP projects have a wider scope of learning on localisation.
The Start Network aims to build a decentralised network of regional and national hubs, each providing their own locally-led solutions to humanitarian crises. To work towards this, we are opening up membership to smaller nationally based aid agencies and have created a Hub Advisory Group to support the first hubs to develop.
A framework for localisation
Localisation in action
Start Network Hubs
Start Fund Bangladesh
DEPP Innovation Labs
The Start Fund
Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme
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