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Anticipation and Early Action webinar
The Start Network invites you to an Anticipation and Early Action webinar on 19th June 11:00 – 12:15 am GMT. Learn more.
Applications open for Start Network membership pilot in two countries
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.
Start Fund awarded responses: April
The month of April saw a diverse range of alerts raised by our members; however, amidst a context of multiple high-profile crises, the Start Fund responded to three important and under-the-radar alerts.
In words: The spread of Lassa Fever in rural Nigeria
A collection of eye witness accounts from frontline staff on the Start Fund awarded response to a Lassa Fever outbreak in Nigeria.
An under the radar crisis
In late January, Start Network member ALIMA alerted the Start Fund to a Lassa Fever outbreak in Nigeria. The Start Fund's MEAL advisor, Ian Sim-Cox Heath, and Start Fund programme officer Anne Noirhomme, give their first hand account of the Start Fund awarded response on the ground.
Can humanitarians really forecast man-made disasters?
The Start Fund responds to humanitarian crises - from conflict and displacement to flooding, cyclones, disease outbreaks. But when the Start Fund began formally and regularly releasing aid in anticipation of crises in 2016, it was a common assumption that our network would only be able to release funding in anticipation of natural hazards. After all, violence, conflict and displacement are too uncertain to forecast and release aid on the basis of those forecasts, right?
Forecast based early action in flood prone Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, acting before a crisis is not a new idea. In this piece, Md Jafar Iqbal, Programme Manager - Emergency Response at CARE Bangladesh explores some of the barriers and opportunities around scaling early action in the country.
Why independence matters
This is big news: spinning off a new charity is the not-for-profit equivalent of an Initial Public Offering (IPO). Today we have become an independent Company and Charity that is owned by the Member NGOs. Until today we have been a consortium hosted by Save the Children UK. Until today we have seen ourselves as a start-up. Today we exited that incubation.