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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.
How the Start Fund is responding to deadly flooding across South Asia
Last week, while many were focused on the devastating landslides in Sierra Leone, elsewhere more than 16 million people were affected by deadly flooding in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Start Network’s Melina Koutsis discusses.
Start Network launches new framework for localisation
The Start Network has published a new framework for localisation which aims to provide a practical structure to improve the position of local organisations within international aid. The framework is part of an independent review into localisation of the Start Fund and other Start Network initiatives. Responding to the review, the Start Network has committed to “drive a holistic and transformative approach to localisation”.
Start Fund Bangladesh: first use of new country fund
Thousands of families left homeless when Cyclone Mora hit Bangladesh are to be helped in the first crisis response by the new country-based Start Fund. Most of those to be assisted are Rohingya refugees, who had previously fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar.
Start Fund Bangladesh ready to respond to an in-country crisis
Start Network’s new Bangladesh national fund, Start Fund Bangladesh, is ready for its first crisis alert in a significant development for the humanitarian system
Bangladesh emergency response fund set up by Start Network
The Start Network is setting up a £10 million rapid response fund, which will respond early and fast to under the radar emergencies in Bangladesh.
Creating a Start Fund in Bangladesh
Start Network's Annemarie Poorterman tells us more about her work to set up a national version of the Start Fund in Bangladesh.