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The future of Humanitarian Surge
In 2015 the Start Network launched a three-year Transforming Surge Capacity (TSC) project financed with UK aid from the UK government as part of the Department for International Development’s (DFID) Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP). The project has seen engagement by eleven UK-based aid agencies with a collective focus on finding ways to ensure effective civil society surge capacity in order to deliver more efficient, collaborative and localised emergency responses.
Launch of 'innovation labs' to prepare for disasters in four countries
Start Network has launched four new “innovation labs” in Bangladesh, Jordan, Kenya and the Philippines, aimed at finding fresh ways to help local communities prepare for disasters. The move is the first of it's kind initiated by an NGO.
DEPP Case study: International NGOs collaborating on humanitarian surge in Asia
This case study traces the collaboration of seven international humanitarian NGOs in Asia as part of the DEPP's Transforming Surge Capacity project. It identifies the enabling factors that have allowed the involved organisations to collaborate and produce an innovative inter-agency roster for Asia. It also captures what partners have learned from collaborating at a regional level.
Earthquake to floods: how Start Fund helped Ecuador families face second disaster
After El Nino hit Ecuador, bringing heavy rainfall and floods, terrified families were left homeless and the Start Fund enabled Plan International to respond