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Anticipation & Risk Financing
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Migration Emergency Response
Our initiatives aim to transform humanitarian action through innovation, fast funding, early action, and localisation.
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News & Blogs
News and blog articles from across the Start Network.
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The Start Fund Bangladesh makes progress in localisation
In the few years since the Grand Bargain commitments on localisation in 2016 there has been little tangible progress at scale. A detailed review of global funding streams suggests that direct funding to local and national Civil Society Organisations remains relatively unchanged, standing at less than 0.2% of all humanitarian assistance in 2018 – a far cry from the aggregated target of at least 25% by 2020.
An end of year message from Christina Bennett, CEO of Start Network
International Migrants Day 2019
On International Migrants Day 2019, the number of people who are migrants and refugees across the globe has reached an estimated 272 million, 51 million more than in 2010, according to the UN. Under this year’s theme of #WeTogether, Start Network takes stock of its work in 2019 to understand, anticipate, and address migration needs and patterns, using a collaborative and speedy approach in its work.
Relief aid a lifeline for flood-affected villages in Myanmar
Myanmar's annual rainy season brought devastating floods to villages in Hpa-An and Bago this year. People were stranded in their homes or forced to flee them. Schools were closed. Harvests were wiped out. Livestock killed.
Start Network to support five ‘founding hubs’ to drive localisation of aid
Start Network has announced five founding hubs to be based in countries and regions affected by crises, localising resources and decision-making to improve the quality of humanitarian aid.
Changing the humanitarian financing model for more effective assistance
How the Start Fund helps to leverage additional support for under-the-radar crises
Since 2017 the Start Fund reporting systems have included a section on the leveraging of additional funds. In 2018 the total amount secured in additional funding was reported to be £64 million, more than five times the amount that was awarded by the Start Fund in the first place.
REPORT INTO START NETWORK ANTICIPATION TOOLS ADVISES FOR LOCALISED APPROACH
Start Network’s new review says that going forward, enabling communities to act ahead of a potential disaster will require a focus on localisation, putting at-risk people at the centre of the process to mainstream early humanitarian action.