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Ngày Qu Ốc tế Phụ nữ - International Women’s Day
On International Women’s Day, Start Network's Laura Louise Fairley pays tribute to the unsung warriors of this world, telling the stories of women in the highlands and the lowlands of Vietnam caring for their families in times of crisis.
Developing women leaders in the humanitarian sector
On International Women’s Day, Wanjiru Wainaina tells about her journey from wondering what she was going to do with her life, to working and building skills as a humanitarian in Kenya and now studying at Oxford Brookes University.
Start Network helps people after cyclone hits South Pacific islands
Up to 50,000 people have been affected by a cyclone in the South Pacific islands of Tonga, damaging and destroying homes, leaving families without shelter and basic resources.
The Disasters & Emergency Preparedness Program in Kenya
Our video focuses on the work the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) has been doing in Kenya. We focus on empowering women, positioning local actors to better respond to crisis, such as food insecurity and also building the capacities of humanitarian agencies so that they are more inclusive in their responses.
Start Fund discusses localisation and anticipation in DRC
Start Fund visit to Goma, DRC: A long awaited and very welcome event.
In February 2018, Melina Koutsis from the Start Fund team visited Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to facilitate the induction of our new Start Fund Regional Advisor for West and Central Africa, Antoine Sanon.
Women’s leadership in preparedness – why does it matter?
International frameworks emphasise the importance of women’s leadership as a requirement for effective humanitarian action - both on the frontline and in designing preparedness programmes - but women remain underrepresented in decision-making roles.
Humanitarian Network and Partnerships Week
The Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) is an annual programme co-chaired by United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).
Start Network announces new Trustee and new Chair