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Governance & Assurance
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Locally led action
New forms of financing
We're tackling what we believe are the biggest systemic problems that the sector faces.
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Anticipation & Risk Financing
Start Financing Facility
Our initiatives aim to transform humanitarian action through innovation, fast funding, early action, and localisation.
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Crisis Response Summaries
Annual Review 2020
We are committed to transparency, accountability, evidence-led decision-making and using learning to continuously evolve.
News & Blogs
Start Network Assembly 2020
News and blog articles from across the Start Network.
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New insurance policy will protect up to 160,000 people in Senegal from drought
Start Network has signed a climate risk insurance policy that will protect up to 160,000 people in Senegal from the effects of drought. One of the first of its kind, the policy will enable aid agencies to offer life-saving support to people in Senegal as soon as a drought is predicted, helping to prevent famine.
Une nouvelle police d'assurance protégera jusqu'à 160 000 personnes contre les sécheresses au Sénégal
Start Network a signé une police d'assurance contre les risques climatiques qui protégera jusqu'à 160 000 personnes au Sénégal des effets de la sécheresse. Cette police, l'une des premières de ce genre, permettra aux organisations humanitaires d'apporter une aide cruciale aux Sénégalais dès qu'une sécheresse sera prévue, contribuant ainsi à éviter la famine.
New funding for Start Fund Bangladesh to continue its lifesaving work
After a successful four years, Start Fund Bangladesh has received an additional £1.23 million from the UK's FCDO to continue its lifesaving work across the country.
How local leaders are challenging the status quo — and Start Network
As part of our move toward becoming a locally led network of networks, we've incubated and supported five Start Network hubs. Bhavya Srinivasan, Interim Head of Network Development, shares what she's learned in the two years she's worked to support them.
G7 commits to scale-up support for anticipatory action and the Start Fund
The G7 has confirmed its commitment to supporting the scaling-up of anticipatory action and the growth of the Start Fund.
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Becomes First US Donor to Innovative Humanitarian Relief Fund
The Start Fund has been awarded US $2.5 million from its first US-based donor, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The $2.5 million grant will enable the Start Fund to continue providing its lifesaving support, in addition to exploring adaptations that enable greater access to the Start Fund.
Localized and Innovative: Bringing DRR Innovations Closer to Communities
With support from the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN), the Center for Disaster Preparedness will work with top community innovators in the Philippines to strengthen the disaster risk reduction (DRR) innovation system in the country through the Pinnovation Academy.
The value of Start Network membership to our new local and national NGO members
In 2020, 12 non-governmental organisations from Pakistan, India, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo joined Start Network. To reflect on the value of a locally led network and the challenges of building one we hear from the new members experience and stories from their engagement with Start Network. These are synthesised into three main themes – operational practices, visibility and credibility.
The report demonstrates that new members perceive significant value in joining Start Network, from improvements in policies to increased credibility and visibility.
Although new members perceive value in Start Network membership, new members have made recommendations for how to further increase that value. Start Network should ensure that new members are continually supported to improve and strengthen their organisational systems, such as SOPs, policies, and practises.
Improvements in credibility could be further made by providing a formal recognition of Start Network membership and giving more visibility to new members as well as providing training on digital presence.