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Shifting the Power to local and National NGOs
Haben Habteslasie is the Advocacy and Communications Advisor for the Disasters & Emergencies Preparedness Programme
The typical and historic scenario when disaster strikes is that big international aid agencies travel hundreds of miles to help families who are affected. Those we see represented less often, however, are the local first responders.
Localisation: lenses and lessons from feminist theory
Start Network’s David Jones discusses the fundamental needs for localisation within the sector.
Don’t wait, anticipate - using the Start Fund to act early
Start Network’s Luke Caley discusses the progress of the Start Fund Crisis Anticipation Window, one year on from its launch.
Increasing surge capacity through Asia regional platform
Atif Sohail has more than 9 years of experience in programme management and monitoring and evaluation in emergencies (in Pakistan). Previously he was working with Muslim Aid Pakistan and is now working with Christian Aid to manage their response in Nigeria, through the Go Team Asia shared humanitarian roster.
Reflections on the Migration Emergency Response Fund – one year on
Start Network's Hara Caracostas reviews how the Migration Emergency Response Fund (MERF) has met the complexities of the mixed migration crisis and how this affected the implementation of a rapid response mechanism.
Video: A new way to think about localisation
The Start Network has launched a new video outlining a new way to think about localisation, the video aims to show a practical structure that could improve the position of local organisations within international aid.
How do we help the world's poorest populations become sustainably resilient? Cash
Michaela Larson says the answer to how we can help the world’s poorest populations become more resilient following a crisis, is an obvious one – we give them cash.
Ensuring accountability to communities in rapid response
Start Network's Laura-Louise Fairley discusses a study into the Start Fund and accountability. She finds the study reports on tangible success stories yet argues there is clear room for improvement.