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Christina is Chief Executive at Start Network, based in London. She has 20 years of experience in humanitarian policy and practice, has lived and worked in Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan.


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Landscape after the earthquake in Aleppo
2023 SEMA / HelpAge International. Jindires, Aleppo area, Syria. The aftermath of the earthquake. A catastrophic earthquake struck Türkiye and Syria on 6 February 2023. Thousands died, and many more were left homeless without shelter and livelihood.

Start Network’s Statement on the Türkiye - Syria Earthquake

Start Network members are actively coordinating to support communities impacted by the earthquakes that occurred in Türkiye…

Alert 646: Enkunama community members going back home after receiving cash support in Jahun Local Government Area (LGA), Nigeria. Severe flash floods caused displacement, loss of life and livelihoods, impacting over 406,000 people in the country.
Photo © Mdevaan Nyitor and Action Against Hunger

Rethinking Accountability to Affected People

Currently endorsed definitions of accountability to affected people continue to reinforce and be reflective of realities in…

Warmest wishes from all of us at Start Network, Christina Bennett, CEO and Suzanne Lyne, CFOO.