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Anticipation & Risk Financing
Our initiatives aim to transform humanitarian action through innovation, fast funding, early action, and localisation.
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Annual Report 2021
We are committed to transparency, accountability, evidence-led decision-making and using learning to continuously evolve.
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Dealing with exclusion – recognising systemic power imbalances and identifying ways to overcome them
The humanitarian sector aims to be locally led and therefore, it is important that the humanitarian sector listens to organisations acting at the local scale, so we can learn from their experiences and adapt to meet their needs. Over recent years, Start Network has engaged local and national non-governmental organisations through interviews and surveys to determine ways in which humanitarian structures can do better to support them. Gathering perceptions from non-governmental organisations has led to some pertinent findings related to exclusionary practices that some organisations acting at the local scale experience and led to some key recommendations that humanitarian actors can begin to implement in order to build equitable partnerships. While more in-depth research on these systemic issues continues to be conducted by Start Network and other organisations, we hope that this overview can assist international actors to begin positively disrupting the traditional systems that create barriers to equity within crisis response.
New Start Ready Disaster Risk Financing Course
Start Network has launched Intro to Disaster Risk Financing, a new online course for our members and their local partners.
This course will build your understanding of Start Ready's proactive Disaster Risk Financing (DRF) approach.
Start Network's statement on Ukraine
As a global network of civil society organisations, Start Network stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. We will deploy our resources, reach, and collective voice to assist and protect Ukrainian people and communities.
New locally led coalition in Bangladesh launching in partnership with the Share Trust and Start Network
Local and national NGOs in coastal Bangladesh have come together to form the Sundarban Coalition.
AT LEAST 55% OF CRISES CAN BE PREDICTED BUT LESS THAN 1% OF HUMANITARIAN FUNDING IS RELEASED EARLY
"Early intervention through insurance drastically increases the number of people who can be helped"
- Nelly Maonde, Start Network Country Disaster Risk Finance Coordinator - Zimbabwe
MapAction supports the Start Network to improve early action in humanitarian response
Geospatial data, data visualisation and information management are critical to anticipatory action. As a trusted leader in these fields MapAction has been selected to partner with the Start Network to assist with our programmes of anticipatory and early action.
Start Network Launches Grants To Accelerate Anticipation and Locally-Led Action
Start Network has launched three new grants that will enable members to access funds in order to accelerate locally led anticipatory action and community-led approaches to monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning.
Innovative insurance policies purchased to protect up to 800,000 people in Zimbabwe from drought risk
Start Network has today announced the purchase of an innovative insurance policy in partnership with African Risk Capacity (ARC) and the Government of Zimbabwe. The policy is to protect more than 800,000 people in Zimbabwe from drought risk during the 2021/2022 agricultural season.