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To address the humanitarian sector's biggest challenges, we need to get comfortable with uncertainty
There is no shortage of problems in our modern world. COVID-19, climate change, migration, and increasing economic inequality are just some complex social challenges that we are facing. These challenges surpass our existing solutions toolkit, requiring us to stretch our creative muscles and innovate in order to keep up.
Start Fund Bangladesh leads the way on locally-led humanitarian action
In a recent Desk Review on Enhancing the Potential of Pooled Funds for Localisation (September 2020) conducted by the Grand Bargain Workstream 2 on Localisation, Start Fund Bangladesh (SFB) was held up as a strong example of locally-led humanitarian action that exemplifies some of the commitments set out in the Grand Bargain. SFB’s transformative model shows that it is possible to have a more proactive, efficient and locally-led humanitarian sector.
Start Network welcomes two new trustees
Start Network is pleased to announce Muhammad Amad and Oenone Chadburn as our two newest member trustees!
New tool launched for responsible use of scientific data within humanitarian projects
Start Network has today launched a guide for scientists and humanitarians to encourage the responsible use of scientific data in humanitarian decision-making.
Alert CV19 098: Reponse a la COVID-19 en Republique du Congo
Depuis juillet 2020, la partie Nord de la République du Congo était sous l’emprise de grandes inondations provoquées par des pluies diluviennes qui s’étaient abattues dans cette zone. Jusqu’au mois de Novembre 2020, on enregistrait près de 83’000 personnes vivant dans six districts du Département de la Likouala (nord) qui étaient concernées. Au fil du temps, d’autres districts situés le long du fleuve Congo et de l’Oubangui étaient les prochaines victimes de cette catastrophe.
How to help innovation flourish
In 2020, as part of Start Network’s commitment to localisation and collective innovation, we embarked on a journey to develop innovative and locally-driven solutions that place communities affected by humanitarian crises at the forefront of humanitarian action. We have been working with Start Network hubs to start building community innovation initiatives in Guatemala and the DRC.
How Start Fund Bangladesh has influenced national practices to improve humanitarian action
Humanitarian coordination in Bangladesh involves a large number of stakeholders and forums, and a complex system of government committees that relate to disaster management actors, clusters, working groups, NGOs and INGOs. To be successful, this system needs to be responsive and adaptive to the local needs and contexts, well-coordinated and to ensure active participation of local and national actors. This is where Start Fund Bangladesh (SFB) fits in. Here are some examples where SFB has facilitated or lead changes within the humanitarian system in Bangladesh.
Alert 500: Emergency Assistance for Internally Displaced People Affected by Storms in Idlib Governorate, Syria
The crisis in Syria has lasted a decade and 2020 saw some of the worst violence since the start of the conflict. As a result, there are some 2.7 million internally displaced people living in North West Syria now. Many of them live in makeshift camps, derelict buildings, or even in the open air. On 18 January, a storm hit Idlib governorate and many of these camps, as well as roads that provide access and movement, were fully or partially destroyed.