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We're tackling what we believe are the biggest systemic problems that the sector faces.
Anticipation & Risk Financing
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Migration Emergency Response
Our initiatives aim to transform humanitarian action through innovation, fast funding, early action, and localisation.
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Crisis Response Summaries
We are committed to transparency, accountability, evidence-led decision-making and using learning to continuously evolve.
News & Blogs
News and blog articles from across the Start Network.
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Start Fund's role
Each year the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations office (ECHO) releases the Forgotten Crisis Assessment (FCA) index, which uses four indicators to highlight humanitarian crises where the affected populations either do not receive enough international aid, or no aid at all.
Lab sustainability models
As well as the innovations, the labs themselves needed to think about sustaining and/or scaling. Most grant funded programmes stop when the grant stops, but not those who have prepared for financial sustainability from the outset.
Information sharing on the Start Fund Responses
The pooled Global Start Fund has activated a total of 222 responses since its inception in April 2014. For each activation is a robust reporting process with a detailed analysis of activities which helps to form the Crisis Response Summaries. Read more.
Innovative insurance cover to help drought-hit communities in Africa
Humanitarian agencies are setting up innovative climate risk insurance policies to protect up to 1.3 million people in West Africa from catastrophic drought. Read more.
“Scaling requires building a complete and consistent system. All the pieces of a sustainable system must be in place for scale to work, this is in addition to the need for a valid pilot with evidence of value. The Scaling Canvas is a tool that can be used to help innovators measure the readiness for scaling looking at six different variables 1) the core innovation 2) adoption 3) team 4) plan 5) ecosystem 6) finances”
Reflecting on two years of community-driven innovation with the DEPP Labs
Launched in 2017, the DEPP Innovation Labs has supported community-centred innovation in humanitarian environments in Bangladesh, Jordan, Kenya and Philippines. On 31 July, the first phase of the pioneering program came to a close. So what did the DEPP Labs achieve?
Responding to drought emergency in Kenya
Below average rainfall across the Horn of Africa caused drought conditions across the whole region, and particularly in north and north-eastern pastoral zones of Kenya. Read this case study by ACTED awarded swift funding by the Start Fund for their response.