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Nexus dilemma: mixed migration as a humanitarian emergency or a development challenge?
During the recently completed research piece conducted for the Start Network on the work of the Migration Emergency Response Fund (MERF), a number of tensions were revealed that go to the heart of the problem of humanitarian interventions in mixed migration situations. One is what we are calling the "nexus dilemma" where, when designing a response to specific or general mixed migration crises, it is not clear how exactly to categorise the needs, who should fund the response, and who is best placed to carry it out.
Migration-sensitive or migration-specific? Exploring funding approaches for mixed migration
The evolving nature of mixed migration, particularly its drivers, politicisation and corresponding flows, continues to challenge humanitarian actors to respond in a way that is appropriate, adapts with learning, and adheres to humanitarian principles of independence and impartiality.
Traditions Still Have Traction
On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples we look back at the DEPP Innovation Labs project in the Philippines.
Enhancing Traditional Food Source Management is one of the 40 innovative solutions supported by Philippines TUKLAS Innovation Labs that help communities better prepare for disasters.
The project is implemented by a consortium of four non-governmental organisations: Plan International Philippines, Action Against Hunger, CARE Philippines, and the Citizens' Disaster Response Center.
It is part of the Disasters Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) Innovation Labs, a programme that is managed collaboratively by the Start Network and the Communications with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network.
New research explores the opportunities and challenges of a migration-specific rapid response fund
The Migration Emergency Response Fund (MERF), funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), was established in January 2017. The MERF’s aim is to address the unpredictable nature of the mixed migration context across the Mediterranean and rapidly respond to new or emerging needs. It built on the Start Network’s experience of collaboratively responding to the needs of migrants and refugees through its two European Refugee Responses (ERR) in 2015-2016.
Interview with Manu Gupta and Varghese Antony
In June four humanitarian organisations from India joined the Start Network, and one of these is SEEDS. We spoke with Manu Gupta and Varghese Antony about their previous interactions with the Start Network and their motivations for joining.
Alert 417: Cyclone Harold in Vanuatu
Tropical Cyclone Harold, which slammed into Vanuatu’s northern provinces on 6 April 2020, proved to be almost as devastating. Hitting in the middle of a national state of emergency to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19, the response was even more challenging.
Strengths and challenges of coordinated humanitarian response
Coordination is one of the areas where the design of the Start Network’s ARC Replica pay-out in Senegal has been most ambitious.
Crisis dentro de una crisis: Satisfacer las necesidades de los migrantes y refugiados Venezolanos durante la pandemia del Covid-19
Solidarités International y Première Urgence Internationale están ayudando a mitigar los riesgos urgentes que enfrentan los refugiados y migrantes venezolanos en el norte y a lo largo de Santander, Colombia, debido a la crisis de COVID-19. La crisis está afectando particularmente la salud, la higiene y la seguridad alimentaria de esta población. A través del apoyo del Start Fund COVID-19, las dos ONGI y sus socios locales Fundación Entre Dos Tierras y Red Humanitaria, están uniendo fuerzas para satisfacer las necesidades críticas de alimentación e higiene de esta población vulnerable.