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Email disruption this weekend
We’re delighted to announce that on 1 May 2019 Start Network will be established as an independent charity, allowing us to be better placed to support and drive change in the global humanitarian system.
A Syrian refugee’s solution for much-needed low-cost rentals in Jordan
Betna is a housing solution for refugees and low-income workers in Jordan. This case study looks at the solution and how the innovation is intending to scale.
Beginning the design of the Start Financing Facility
We are pleased to announce that we are beginning the design of the Start Financing Facility (SFF) and are reaching out to give members of Start Network the opportunity to get involved in this process.
Start Fund Monthly Risk Briefing: April
To enable NGOs to act before a crisis occurs and response early to mitigate the predicted impacts, the Start Fund produces monthly risk briefings which provide risk information on global weather, volcanic, human and health events where members may consider using the Start Fund Anticipation process.
Preparing for independence and the future of the Start Network
What 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.
Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launches Cyclone Idai Appeal
Leading UK aid agencies, including some Start Network members will launch a joint fundraising appeal on Thursday 21 March 2019 to help people suffering in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai which has swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
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’