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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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Transforming a commonplace weed into food and jobs in drought-stricken northeast Kenya
Mathenge Maisha is a unique start-up, which turns a common drought-resilient weed into nutritious low-cost flour. Currently, nearly one million Kenyans are at risk from starvation as a result of prolonged drought. The Garissa-based project plans to employ local people, particularly from vulnerable groups, to collect the pods produced by the weed to be ground down into flour.
Affordable housing from unbaked bricks
Over the past few years, hundreds of people have perished in building fires in Dhaka, the most densely populated city in the world. Read how an architecture student sought to use her skills to improve the living conditions of people in the slum areas.
Fortified feed for livestock during droughts
Drought Cure is a nutritious food brick that can be stored for long periods to sustain livestock during droughts, which recurrently plague the Horn of Africa. Devised by a farmers' cooperative from Marsabit in Northern Kenya, the brick is a lifeline for pastoralists in the region, who rely on livestock for their livelihood. Read more about Drought Cure.
Innovative women’s dairy making a splash in northeast Kenya
The Mt. Marsabit Dairy is a women's cooperative diary in Marsabit County, northern Kenya that sources dairy products from individual suppliers and applies cutting-edge production techniques to offer longer life, affordable dairy products. The dairy supports the most vulnerable members of the community, especially pastoralist women, to earn a livelihood through a structured micro-milk collection system.
Start Fund awarded responses: March
From flooding in Malawi and Afghanistan to a fire outbreak in Sierra Leone, the month of March saw five alerts activated and awarded funding.
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.