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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.
Bangladesh emergency response fund set up by Start Network
The Start Network is setting up a £10 million rapid response fund, which will respond early and fast to under the radar emergencies in Bangladesh.
Spotlight on the Start Fund
In late 2016, the Start Fund was alerted to an outbreak of dengue fever in Burkina Faso. Read ALIMA's account of their efforts to combat the disease.
Christmas on Catanduanes island as Typhoon Nock-Ten hit
When Typhoon Nock-Ten made landfall on December 25, Joana Villaflor had just arrived home for Christmas on Catanduanes island. Joana, a member of On Call Surge Philippines, a shared roster set up by the Start Network’s Transforming Surge Capacity project, gives an account of the days following the typhoon.
Creating a Start Fund in Bangladesh
Start Network's Annemarie Poorterman tells us more about her work to set up a national version of the Start Fund in Bangladesh.