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Video: A new way to think about localisation
The Start Network has launched a new video outlining a new way to think about localisation, the video aims to show a practical structure that could improve the position of local organisations within international aid.
Localisation: lenses and lessons from feminist theory
Start Network’s David Jones discusses the fundamental needs for localisation within the sector.
Don’t wait, anticipate - using the Start Fund to act early
Start Network’s Luke Caley discusses the progress of the Start Fund Crisis Anticipation Window, one year on from its launch.
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.
Ensuring accountability to communities in rapid response
Start Network's Laura-Louise Fairley discusses a study into the Start Fund and accountability. She finds the study reports on tangible success stories yet argues there is clear room for improvement.
Cash transfer success in Colombia floods
In early April, Mocoa city in the south west of Colombia, was hit with one of the worst natural disasters the country has seen in its history. Heavy rains had resulted in a mudslide that swept through the city and left 333 dead and hundreds missing. The destruction caused by the floods left 22,310 people affected.
Dorcas’ rapid response to armyworm infestation in Ethiopia
In February an armyworm outbreak led to the significant damage of maize fields across Ethiopia. The Start Fund enabled a targeted rapid response to meet farmers’ immediate needs. Dorcas gave farmers appropriate chemicals to control the infestation and guidance on how to protect their maize from future outbreaks.
Why learning from failure is key to anticipating humanitarian crises
Start Network's Sarah Klasson looks inside the 'black box' of the Crisis Anticipation Window, to see how we can learn from the failure to act early before crises hit this summer.