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Simon O'Connell: Consolidation is key to better aid delivery
There are simply too many charities operating in international development. It is time we ourselves took action, argues the executive director of Mercy Corps.
Start Fund Rapid Response: helping Uganda landslide survivors
With their homes destroyed, livestock buried, and crops washed way affected families were left stranded, struggling to survive and forced to depend on the help of their neighbouring communities.
Podcast: considering intellectual property in humanitarian innovation
How can you assign and protect copyright and intellectual property when co-designing humanitarian solutions with multiple actors, including disaster-affected communities and vulnerable groups?
Start Fund: A rapid response to flooding in El Salvador
In early October, heavy rainfall from two low pressure systems led to devastating flash floods and landslides in El Salvador. More than a 1000 people were forced to leave their homes as rivers burst their banks, mudslides in the country’s hilly interior cut roads, buried buildings, and flooded homes.
Podcast: Exploring ethics in humanitarian innovation
Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Research Professor of Humanitarian Studies, University of Oslo, speaks to Start Network's innovation labs in Jordan, Philippines, Bangladesh and Kenya about ethics in humanitarian innovation.
Start Fund responds to cross-border displacement of people from Venezuela
The economic crisis and widespread social unrest that has gripped Venezuela in recent years has led to the displacement of millions of Venezuelans. Families, in search of economic and social security, have fled across borders into neighbouring Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. The Start Fund is filling a critical gap in this under-funded socio-economic crisis to respond to the needs of those displaced in Peru and Ecuador.
Bangladeshi floods: Looking back to move forward
In July 2016, Bangladesh was hit by one of the worst floods in recent history. What could have been done differently using the forecasts that were issued? Knowing what we know now, how can we better anticipate future floods? What can we learn from this to limit the damage caused by future floods?
Start Network releases 2017 Annual Report
Start Network, a global network of aid agencies, has today published its first annual report showcasing its collective efforts to revolutionise the humanitarian aid system.