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Innovation lab tools in practice
DEPP Innovation Labs have pioneered scalable, sustainable innovation with, by and for disaster affected communities. Established in Bangladesh, Jordan, Kenya and the Philippines, all disaster-prone countries, the Labs sought to tackle specific challenges identified by communities at risk.
Start Fund Bangladesh makes a direct award to a local NGO
In June 2019, Start Fund Bangladesh made its first national disbursement to a local NGO. This signifies a major step forward in the Start Networks localisation commitments, allowing funds to go directly to the organisation best placed to provide assistance, with major cost and time savings.
Start Network influencing the ways of working for its member organisations
In early 2019, The Start Network undertook a member survey which probed for examples of how the Start Network is influencing their operations.
Grand Bargain three years on
Three years ago at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, world leaders and humanitarian agencies including the Start Network committed to scale up support for locally-led humanitarian action. What has been the progress since then? What milestones has the humanitarian achieved done since then?
Start Fund awarded responses: June
June witnessed the first ever alert and allocation for Paraguay, as well as the first anticipation alert in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. Read how the Start Fund responded to several under-reported crises during the month.
Assessing the impact of acting in anticipation of Dzud in Mongolia
For nomadic herder families in the Mongolian grasslands, living in extreme conditions is the norm. But when it comes to Dzud, the Mongolian term for a bitterly cold winter weather phenomenon, the impact can be greater than many are able to prepare. Anticipating how changes in the weather and environment will impact their lives is key.
A message from out-going CEO Sean Lowrie
This is my last day with the Start Network. It has been an unimaginable privilege to lead this effort over the past 9 years, and I am leaving with a sense of humility, pride and gratitude.
A Syrian refugee's innovative solution for affordable accommodation in Jordan
Entrepreneur Ahmad Nouh lives and works in Jordan, currently home to some 761,100 refugees, mostly from Syria. Like Ahmad, they fled the brutal eight-year conflict across the border in an attempt to re-establish their lives. Read about Ahmad's innovative solution to rising rental costs in Jordan.