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Start Network members use new rapid response fund to tackle Mediterranean migration emergencies
Start Network members have begun tackling sudden humanitarian crises involving migrants in the Mediterranean region through a new rapid response fund, financed by aid from the UK government.
Cold, hungry and driven from their homes by fighting
We look at the Start Fund’s 135th alert early in January, when 1,800 families were forced by a Taliban offensive to flee their homes in Faryab province, close to Afghanistan’s northern border with Tajikistan.
Start Network seeks organisations to manage new Innovation Labs for crisis preparedness
The Start Network is delighted to announce details of the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) Innovation Labs has launched a worldwide search for organisations to run the new labs.
Start Fund to test revolutionary blockchain technology in disaster response
Revolutionary “blockchain” technology that could transform how the world does business is to be tested by the Start Network through the Start Fund, in the first ever trial of its use in rapid response to humanitarian crisis.
Start Network and Pakistan government collaborate on new way to finance drought response
Launch of the On Call collaborative roster for improved disaster response in Philippines
An innovative emergency response roster has been launched in Manila. On Call will transform the way surge support is provided in the Philippines by pooling hundreds of skilled staff across civil society and professional associations, using a web-based platform to make recruitment and deployment in disasters faster and more efficient.
Five essentials for the first 72 hours of disaster response
Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week 2017
The Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week brought together 1,300 people from across the sector. Luke Caley and Sarah Klassen attended the on interactive day on behalf of the Start Network. Here’s a summary of the sessions they attended.