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News & Blogs
Start Network Assembly 2020
News and blog articles from across the Start Network.
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Start Fund: Shaping the future of humanitarian financing
Six years ago today, Christian Aid made the first alert to a new aid financing mechanism. The Start Fund’s first alert to food insecurity in South Sudan went on to disburse just over £300,000 to Action Against Hunger, Christian Aid, Plan International and Tearfund within three days of the alert. Originally conceived as an antidote to the limitations of the large pooled funds and traditional emergency appeals, in 2020 the Start Fund has come of age, a recognised pillar within humanitarian financial architecture and a force for transformation in its own right.
New COVID-19 fund to help vulnerable communities in low-income countries
Start Network is setting up a new COVID-19 fund to anticipate and respond to critical virus-related humanitarian needs in low-income countries.
Pluies diluviennes accompagnees d’un ouragan dans la zone de sante de Kalima Province du Maniema en R D Congo
En début de ce mois de Mars 2020, une pluie torrentielle accompagnée d’un vent violent s’est abattue sur la zone de sante de Kalima en territoire de Pangi, Province du Maniema en République Démocratique du Congo causant plusieurs dégâts matériels et humains.
Storms in Kalima, Province of Maniema, Democratic Republic of Congo
Earlier this month, torrential rain accompanied by violent wind fell on Kalima in Maniema Province, Democratic Republic of Congo, causing both material and human damage.
COVID-19: A message from our CEO and CFOO
The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting all of us, our families, our communities, our way of life, and for Start Network, the content of our work.
Evaluation of the Start Fund’s Preparedness to Scale-up
The ‘Evaluation of the Start Fund’s Preparedness to Scale-up’, is Humanitarian Outcomes’ third learning project as a Start Fund partner and easily the most challenging one. The evaluation coincided with a period of quite fundamental and fast-moving change for the Start Fund, including a recent shift in the status of the organisation to a newly independent charity.
How the Start Fund Supports Local and National Partner Organisations
Local and national-level organisations, working in partnership with Start Network members, are key to the planning and implementation of Start Fund projects. Through collaboration with these local partners, Start Network members gain the access and community knowledge that are needed for effective interventions. The Start Network’s ongoing 2020 Local Partner Survey has also revealed some key benefits of involvement in Start Fund projects for these local organisations. Three key areas that have emerged from interviews with Start Fund local partners worldwide are: increased capacity, improved credibility, and heightened visibility.
An open letter to International NGOs who are looking to ‘localise’ their operations
Originally published by Open Democracy. National and local organisations ask INGOs to support them, not compete with them.