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Applications open for Start Network membership pilot in two countries

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Start Network is opening up the opportunity for 10 local and national organisations in two countries/regions to take the next step towards forming a hub in their locality, by taking part in piloting a new tiered due diligence framework.

The Start Network is shifting to a model of regional and national hubs. Last year we set up conversations among NGOs in 15 countries and regions where interest in creating hubs was highest. We've also been developing a tiered due diligence framework to enable a range of organisations to join the Network. Now, we are inviting local and national NGOs in two potential hub locations to become Start Network members through this new framework, and help us lead for change in humanitarian aid.

The new due diligence framework, being developed with our partner TechSoup, forms part of our aim to shift more power and resources to those closest to humanitarian crises. The framework will be tiered, instead of simply ‘pass/fail’, and each tier will provide access to a varied portfolio of Start Network’s programmes, services and membership benefits. Alongside the new framework, we will develop a capacity-building programme to help organisations climb up the tiers.

Through this membership pilot, we will also be testing the decentralised intake of Start Network members for the first time, through regional and national hubs. The process is made up of two main phases: firstly the selection of two countries of focus, and secondly the selection of 5 local/national NGOs per country to go through the due diligence pilot - with the potential to join as members. The successful organisations will, as a first step, become global Start members, and then devolve to hub membership once their hub is up and running.

This is a vital first step in realising a network of hubs, where Network membership is organised at the national or regional level.

To find out more on the process please read more on this FAQ.


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  • by Helen James