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Bringing localisation to action in Ethiopia
The region of the Sahel in East Africa has suffered recurring droughts since the 1980s, devasting harvests, economies and traditional farming ecosystems. SOS Sahel Ethiopia, a national Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), works to improve the living standards of smallholder farmers.
The drought that was foreseen
The Start Fund was activated and within 7 days £200,000 was allocated to five Start Network members who implemented mitigation projects on the ground. The projects included early warning systems analysis, food and seed distribution and drought preparedness activities with local partners.
Unpacking the complexities of mixed migration flows
As the first phase of the MERF was ending we commissioned an independent research report to help answer these questions, build a more robust evidence base and feed into any modifications for the next phase of the MERF. The research ‘The Migration Emergency Response Fund and Mixed Migration Flows Along the Mediterranean’ was written by Heloise Ruaudel and was released this week along with the Start Network’s Management Response to the suggestions provided.
Local leadership and collaboration, helping people when there is no other support
When a fire ripped through Ellias Mollah, a ‘slum’ in Dhaka, the Start Fund Bangladesh provided help when there was no other support, meaning the people in Ellias Mollah who lost their homes, could quickly access cash to rebuild, and did not have to move away from their job and livelihoods.
Improving skills and competencies to prevent disease outbreaks
The PHEP project was set up to better prepare and prevent disease outbreaks in Gambella, Ethiopia. Below we introduce some of the people who were trained by the project.
Averting disease outbreaks in Ethiopia
The PHEP project, funded by UK aid through the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme, was set up to strengthen the system for reporting diseases, to better anticipate and respond to outbreaks.
How the Start Fund is responding to disease outbreaks
On 26 December 2013, two-year-old Emile fell ill in a remote village in rural Guinea. His illness was characterised by a high fever, diarrhoea and vomiting, and he died just two days later. His pregnant mother Sia, three-year-old sister Philomène, and grandmother Koumba, also fell ill and died shortly after
Hubs and membership Q&A
The Start Network is aiming to create national and regional hubs, which will be collectives of organisations in individual countries or regions. These hubs will function like local versions of the current international Start Network. When fully set up, each hub would manage its own finances, membership and governance, while being able to access services provided by the global Start Network.