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Our initiatives aim to transform humanitarian action through innovation, fast funding, early action, and localisation.
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News & Blogs
News and blog articles from across the Start Network.
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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.
How are refugees and migrants linked?
Every year on the 20th of June, World Refugee Day marks the strength, courage and perseverance of refugees. It is important to recognise the difficulties that refugees face, and work towards a world where all refugees have accessibility to assistance and protection. So, how does the Start Network respond to the needs of refugees and migrants?
Practical approaches to innovation and innovative practices
Innovation and innovative practices are often seen as dependent upon new and transformative technologies. In this guest piece, as part of the Humanitarian Futures newsletter, Professor Randolph Kent shares the transformative work of FOREWARN members to meet present and future challenges in the humanitarian sector.
Four new trustees join the Start Network Board
We are pleased to announce that four new trustees have now joined the Start Network Board! The new trustees come from a variety of backgrounds, and join the Board at an exciting time, as the Start Network transitions to new leadership and enters its second month as an independent entity.
Start Fund awarded responses: May
May saw a quieter month for the Start Fund with only two Start Fund alerts activated in a global context of higher-profile alerts.