10 year anniversary
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Start Network Assembly 2020
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Putting people and culture at the core of the Start Networks organisational agenda
Cat Sneath is Head of People and Culture at the Start Network. She made this mid-career move from the programme position of Head of Funds to an organisational one at the end of last year. Here she talks about her role, the work she is doing and what kindness means to her on World Kindness Day.
Looking for Local Solutions to Humanitarian Problems
As part of Start Network’s commitments to localisation and collective innovation, we ran the Working Differently Challenge from 14 September to 6 October 2020. During this time, members, hubs, and their partners were invited to submit their innovative solutions that address problems within humanitarian agencies or local communities more widely. After receiving several submissions, which were judged by a panel of experts, three winners were announced at Start Network’s first virtual Assembly and 10-year anniversary celebration. The winning teams were from Cadena, Islamic Relief, and Tearfund.
Marking a decade of positive disruption
I am delighted to present to you A Decade of Positive Disruption, a celebration of ten years of Start Network achievements and impacts on its 10-year anniversary.
Start Network's 2020 Assembly & 10 year anniversary begins today
Start Network's 2020 Assembly, the first one to be held online, begins today. The four-day event includes the network's 10-year anniversary celebrations.
In Senegal, the village of Ndouff rises from its own ashes
In November 2019, the Government of Senegal and the ARC Replica partner, Start Network, qualified for an ARC insurance payout following the drought conditions that prevailed during the agricultural season. In October 2020, ARC and Start Network travelled to the village of Ndouff, located at 70km from Dakar, the Senegalese capital, to interact with the community on the benefits and impacts of the payout in their lives.
COVID-19: How HELP Foundation assisted those most vulnerable in Pakistan
HELP Foundation became a member of Start Network in June, and was recently awarded funds to respond to the COVID-19 crisis in their local area of Pakistan through the support of Avaaz and a private donor. In addition to awareness raising, HELP Foundation distributed food and hygiene packages to vulnerable families.
Strengthening COVID-19 response in Libya
To help the Libyan health system fight COVID-19, International Medical Corps began to adjust the Libyan health system to the disease in March, before the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed. Thanks to support from Start Fund COVID-19, they have strengthened the capacity of health facilities in Misrata, Sabha, and Tripoli so that these facilities can better cope and respond to the COVID-19 emergency.
Start Network statement in response to reports of sexual abuse in DRC during Ebola crisis
The allegations of sexual abuse by aid workers from the UN and NGOs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the 2018-2020 Ebola response are deeply disturbing and sad. We are appalled by the reports and condemn any sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers. Our thoughts are first and foremost with the women and men who have endured such abuse at the hands of the very people they trusted would help.