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Start Fund COVID-19 activates four more alerts bringing total to 21
Following high levels of interest from members, Start Network reopened the Start Fund COVID-19 for a second call for alerts on 11 May. Based on learning from the first call for alerts, as well as a country prioritisation exercise, this call was limited to seven identified countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, DRC, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. Of these, the Start Fund committee allocated funding to: Burundi, Central African Republic, Somalia and Yemen.
Three key lessons to improve risk-based decision-making
In 2019, we commissioned our first evaluation of crisis anticipation at the Start Network. We were keen to reflect on our risk-taking, look at which hazards we needed to invest in to improve our skill, and learn how to better measure the quality of anticipation alert notes submitted to the Start Fund. A key element of this was to look back across anticipation alerts and see where our forecasted emergencies had happened as expected and what kind of differences we had seen.
Shining a spotlight on mental health in the humanitarian sector during COVID-19
Mental Health Awareness Week in 2020 has taken on a more pressing and immediate priority in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, given the implications for the mental and physical wellbeing of billions across the globe.
Reversing the inequity - Opportunity knocks again or missed opportunity again?
The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to prioritise locally led responses and reverse existing inequities within the humanitarian sector. The Alliance for Empowering Partnership (A4EP) shares 10 recommendations from frontline responders to ensure that we live up to the Grand Bargain.
Thoughts from our members
The Start Network’s 2020 Member Assembly Representative Survey has revealed some key insights into satisfaction levels amongst our membership, reasons why members would encourage other organisations to join the Start Network and feedback on how we can improve our programmes.
Removing barriers to health information for remote ethnic women in Laos
While those in urban Laos prepare to manage the extended lockdown of the nation, ethnic minority women in remote communities are facing the protracted reality of issues that predated the pandemic including malnutrition, gender-based violence, and discrimination.
Charities distribute aid as part of early response to food insecurity in Senegal
Humanitarian agencies in Senegal are this week distributing aid as part of an early response to food shortage, which has been caused by the late onset of rainfall last year. This early action will help alleviate the suffering of those affected and reduce the need for them to resort to negative coping actions such as taking children out of schools, eating their seeds, and migrating or selling their farming implements.
Start Fund COVID-19 activates 17 alerts, disburses £3.8m in funding
Following a limited top-up to the Start Fund COVID-19 fund, an additional 12 alerts have been activated. This brings the total number of activated alerts to 17, amounting to over £3.8m in funding.