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Start Evolves: Embracing complexity in the humanitarian sector
Kat Reichel, Senior Manager for Network Design and Engagement, talks about how the Start Network is making its vision a reality through complex systems thinking.
Blockchain experiment in humanitarian aid
The Start Network will soon begin testing blockchain technology in delivering humanitarian finance, through its partnership with Disberse, a start-up social enterprise. This pilot aims to tackle inefficiencies in the delivery of funds by making the distribution of aid fast and completely transparent.
Grand Bargain debate one year on: Cash aid
Is cash the silver bullet or the emperor's new clothes? A year on from Grand Bargain commitments David Jones, Start Fund's MEAL manager, explores what the fund has learned about making cash an effective tool
World Humanitarian Summit one year on: Start Network puts words into action
One year after the World Humanitarian Summit, the pace of change needs to be faster says Sean Lowrie, director of Start Network
Start Fund: rapid response to Marawi crisis
Within a few days of violence erupting in Marawi, Philippines, the Start Fund had been activated, and a consortium of Start members including ACTED, ACF, Oxfam and CRS responded to address the increasing needs of local families.
ALIMA treats last cases of Ebola in DRC with support from the Start Fund
In May this year, Start Network member ALIMA contained an Ebola outbreak in the DRC, with support from the Start Fund. Read ALIMA's account of the response here.
Emergency treatment and prevention of cholera in Yemen
International Medical Corps, with funding from the Start Fund, has been working in Yemen to provide an emergency response to the cholera crisis, providing life-saving support with the goal of averting this entirely preventable outbreak.
Reuters article on the Drought Financing Facility:
A Reuters article explores the Start Network's Drought Financing Facility initiative in Pakistan and how it could result in more rapid, effective and large-scale response to protect drought-hit communities.