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Day of the girl child:
When you’re a girl, crises become exponentially more dangerous, both in the immediate effects and post-crisis recovery...
On the International Day of the Girl, let us commit to investing in skills training and education for girls and livelihood activities for young women around the world who are facing crises.
‘We survived Cyclone Sagar’
Start Network member, The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) was awarded Start funds to provide a rapid response to families who had been affected by Cyclone Sagar in Djibouti. According to United Nations OCHA, it is estimated 830,000 people had been affected by the cyclone and 290,000 had been temporarily displaced.
Humanitarians and academics come together to tackle tough decisions
As a humanitarian network, we make difficult decisions. We make these decisions quickly, and regularly.
The African Risk Capacity Replica
What are the significant challenges that humanitarian organisations face today when responding to disasters?
The Start Fund Learning Grant
In summer 2016, the Start Fund decided to revise the learning grant process and subsequently set aside one per cent of its total annual disbursement, to fund learning activities that went above and beyond project level for members of the Start Network to strengthen humanitarian response. This fund for learning maintained the name ‘one per cent learning budget’ and agencies could apply for a greater amount, anything up to £10,000 GBP, with a greater freedom of focus.
Start Fund announces launch of the 'Start Fund Learning Grant'
Start Network marks the launch of the newly branded ‘Start Fund Learning Grant’, formerly known as the ‘one percent learning budget’.
Stories of survival
Islamic Relief provides emergency aid through the Start Fund, to families affected in tropical cyclone Sagar which hit between the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa in May 2018.
Reflections from the FOREWARN bi-annual community meeting
The Start Fund’s biannual FOREWARN meeting in early September was an opportunity for FOREWARN members to both contribute and draw from a collective body of work. As FOREWARN continues to grow, as well as decentralise – connecting forecasters, scientists, risk analysts and humanitarian decision-makers at all levels proved vital.