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2019: the year to be on the right side of history
NGOs will need to be decisive, radical and bold in 2019. Sean Lowrie says this is not only necessary, but by working together it is also possible.
Video: Start Network's Milestones 2017-2018
Our video looks at the key milestones of the network between November 2017 and November 2018.
Who makes a good innovator?
The first of a 3 part blog series reflecting on the experiences of the DEPP Labs themselves. In this piece, Scarlett Sturridge explores some of the personal traits and skills required to make a successful innovator.
Paving the way for change
Manal Taha Al Najjar is a 22-year-old Syrian refugee living in Jordan. She heard about the Mahali lab through Facebook: ‘What attracted me, I still remember, was the first sentence of the Mahali advert, ‘If you are a changemaker in your community and you want to make a difference, this is for you’
International Women's Day
On International Women’s Day, the Start Network is paying tribute to the unsung warriors of this world. The mothers. The carers. The workers. And, the women responding on the front line when an emergency strikes.
From the ground: A rapid response for migrants in Morocco
The Start Network's Migration Emergrgency Response Fund's (MERF) Emergency Coordinator, Melina Larson, and Start Fund MEAL office, Micheala Larson, have been in Morocco visiting Humanity & Inclusion's project funded by the MERF. In this blog post Melina gives her first hand account of their project on the ground.
The Start Fund rapidly responds to its 300th crisis alert
Elections in Nigeria will take place on Saturday, with historic tensions risking vulnerable people in particular, peace-building activities by local organisation will be the focus in the coming days.
How do we move from early warning to early action?
Climate and weather-related risks are rising worldwide and the accuracy of forecasts on these extreme-weather events have improved significantly over the years. But, only recently have humanitarians begun to apply these improvements to support early action. Watch our new video sharing our work on early action, in partnership with IFRC, WFP, FAO and OCHA.