10 year anniversary
Governance & Assurance
Annual Report 2019
Read about why we exist and values and reach. Or click above to read about our governance structure and current vacancies.
Donors and Partners
See which organisations are in the Network and which are our donors and partners. Or click above to find out about becoming a member.
Locally led action
New forms of financing
We're tackling what we believe are the biggest systemic problems that the sector faces.
Start Fund COVID-19
Start Fund Bangladesh
Anticipation & Risk Financing
Start Financing Facility
Our initiatives aim to transform humanitarian action through innovation, fast funding, early action, and localisation.
Start Fund Dashboard
Crisis Response Summaries
We are committed to transparency, accountability, evidence-led decision-making and using learning to continuously evolve.
News & Blogs
Start Network Assembly 2020
News and blog articles from across the Start Network.
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G7 not doing enough for communities affected by disasters
Start Network says the G7 is not doing enough to support the world's poorest people to prepare and recover from crises, such as Covid-19 and the global climate emergency.
Start Network members launch pilot to promote local, rapid and early action in Nepal
Following the success of last year’s Start Fund COVID-19 response in Nepal, Start Network members are piloting a country-based contingency fund to respond rapidly to, and in anticipation of, small to medium scale crises in the country. Funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), this member-led trial, known as Start Fund Nepal, has been designed by local, national and international organisations. Members of the Start Fund Bangladesh team have also been supporting the design based on their experience of managing a country-based pooled fund since 2017.
UK Aid provides £12m to support the Start Fund
The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) announced today that it would provide a further £12m to support the Start Fund. The funding will enable frontline actors across Start Network’s members and partners to continue to respond rapidly to and in anticipation of under-the-radar humanitarian crises. The FCDO also agreed to work with Start Network in its transition to a global network of ‘hubs’, which will facilitate locally-led responses and improve NGO access to more innovative financing that will mitigate humanitarian impacts, both protecting and assisting people affected by crises.
G7 commits to scale-up support for anticipatory action and the Start Fund
The G7 has confirmed its commitment to supporting the scaling-up of anticipatory action and the growth of the Start Fund.
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.
Cholera: Management or Mitigation?
The quarterly FOREWARN meeting in May 2021 focussed on epidemics in a deliberate effort to share recently-acquired learning on anticipating disease outbreaks and to apply them beyond the current pandemic. When considering which disease outbreak or epidemic the Start Fund could represent, cholera was the obvious choice for a few reasons.
Start Network welcomes new board chair and new independent trustee
Start Network is pleased to welcome Sanjayan Srikanthan, CEO of Shelterbox, as the new chair of the board of trustees. Sanj previously worked for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) during which time he served as Senior Vice President IRC Europe and Executive Director of IRC UK. As part of his role at IRC, Sanj served as an assembly representative and as the chair of the Start Fund Committee.
Opportunities to change the way we evaluate humanitarian responses
In 2020, Start Network undertook a number of consultations with communities that were supported by its funding. This included a large household survey in Senegal evaluating the quality and impact of assistance in anticipation of drought through ARC Replica, as well as the perceptions of people assited in Pakistan, India and DRC as part of our due diligence pilot. Central to the planning of these evaluations was an intention to be as inclusive as possible by amplifying marginalised voices, and to ensure that the people interviewed were able to express themselves in their local language by hiring local consultants to conduct interviews.