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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 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.
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.
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.
High-level Humanitarian Event on Anticipatory Action: Statement by Christina Bennett
The United Nations and the Governments of Germany and the United Kingdom convened a high-level event to advance anticipatory action and galvanise a collective push to act ahead of crises. Start Network CEO Christina Bennett made the following statement at the event.
Reflections on the High-level Humanitarian Event on Anticipatory Action
A High-level Humanitarian Event on Anticipatory Action, convened by OCHA and the Governments of Germany and the UK, took place on 9 September 2021. This brought together leaders from across governments, international financial institutions, the United Nations (UN) and civil society, who delivered powerful statements on their commitments to act to ahead of crises. Here, Sarah Klassen, Ben Webster, Jânio Dambo, and LA Dimailig offer their personal reflections on what this event achieved – and what should happen next.
With opportunity comes responsibility
The Disaster Risk Financing (DRF) systems being piloted by Start Network offer the opportunity for improved accountability to populations at risk because of their pre-arranged nature. A recent piece of research has explored what this means in practice, using experience from Start Networks DRF work in Senegal, Pakistan, Kenya and Madagascar. This is being shared with our members and the wider humanitarian community through a learning paper which delves into the opportunities and challenges this presents, (insert link) and a short guide with some practical tips for ensuring accountability in DRF systems (insert link).https://startnetwork.org/anticipation-and-risk-financing
VAINCRE LA SECHERESSE : UNE CRISE EVITEE AU SENEGAL
Bien qu'il soit possible de prévoir une sécheresse plusieurs mois à l'avance, l'aide humanitaire est souvent retardée, car une fois la crise survenue, il faut du temps pour collecter des fonds.