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New digital platform a major step forward for transparency of the Start Fund
Start Network has launched a new online platform that will allow its members, donors and the public to monitor humanitarian alerts as they happen, follow how money is spent and see how many people have been helped.
Start Fund's 100th crisis response: as it happens
Follow in real time as Start Fund members tackle Lassa fever outbreak in Togo
The 'supers' who can predict the future:
Crisis Anticipation Adviser Luke Caley talks to the Guardian about the value of early response and the Start Network's efforts to shift humanitarian action from reactive to anticipatory.
Women’s leadership in Emergency Response and Recovery
This case study, produced on International Women's Day 2017, focuses on Laily Begum from Bangladesh, Women’s Group Member and former elected women member of Union Parishadh.
Disaster finance debate
Crisis modifiers can reduce the risk to a project from a disaster. But there are problems taking this to scale - and one possible solution
Start Network endorses Charter on Disability Inclusion
Start Network has endorsed the Charter on Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action at a first anniversary event hosted by Handicap International UK and CBM UK in partnership with the UK Department for International Development.
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
Kenya drought: how a community network was best placed to step in
What happens when governments are overstretched due to the scale of an emergency and sheer size of the area they have to cover? Is this a time for international agencies to fly into an area they don’t know, or an opportunity to engage local knowledge and people?