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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.
Five ways Start Network proposes to change the humanitarian sector
We are inviting organisations around the world to join us in co-designing the structure needed to realise our vision of a more effective humanitarian system. Read more and tell us what you think.
Start Network launches new framework for localisation
The Start Network has published a new framework for localisation which aims to provide a practical structure to improve the position of local organisations within international aid. The framework is part of an independent review into localisation of the Start Fund and other Start Network initiatives. Responding to the review, the Start Network has committed to “drive a holistic and transformative approach to localisation”.
Why learning from failure is key to anticipating humanitarian crises
Start Network's Sarah Klasson looks inside the 'black box' of the Crisis Anticipation Window, to see how we can learn from the failure to act early before crises hit this summer.
Public Health Emergencies Preparedness in Gambella, Ethiopia
The numbers seemed alarming when the rapid reaction health team gathered in the remote Ethiopian town of Itang for their weekly meeting in mid-April this year: 286 cases of malaria reported over the previous seven days.
Humanitarian graduates support Bangladesh’s response to the Rohingya refugee crisis
Graduates of the Humanitarian Trainee Scheme, a capacity-building programme funded through the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme, are supporting the Bangladesh Government’s response to the Rohingya refuges crisis.
Pushing localisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo
15 agencies in the DRC have endorsed the Charter for Change and are committed to driving localisation, thanks to work by the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme.
Unlocking barriers to enable greater diversity in the humanitarian system
Here we look at one of the proposals from the Start Evolves task teams, the Due Diligence team proposes a global due diligence database to enable greater diversity in the humanitarian system.