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Our aim is to deliver effective aid, harnessing the power and knowledge of the network to make faster and better decisions to help people affected by crises.
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Podcast: Exploring ethics in humanitarian innovation
Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Research Professor of Humanitarian Studies, University of Oslo, speaks to Start Network's innovation labs in Jordan, Philippines, Bangladesh and Kenya about ethics in humanitarian innovation.
Start Fund responds to cross-border displacement of people from Venezuela
The economic crisis and widespread social unrest that has gripped Venezuela in recent years has led to the displacement of millions of Venezuelans. Families, in search of economic and social security, have fled across borders into neighbouring Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. The Start Fund is filling a critical gap in this under-funded socio-economic crisis to respond to the needs of those displaced in Peru and Ecuador.
Bangladeshi floods: Looking back to move forward
In July 2016, Bangladesh was hit by one of the worst floods in recent history. What could have been done differently using the forecasts that were issued? Knowing what we know now, how can we better anticipate future floods? What can we learn from this to limit the damage caused by future floods?
Start Network releases 2017 Annual Report
Start Network, a global network of aid agencies, has today published its first annual report showcasing its collective efforts to revolutionise the humanitarian aid system.
Get involved in Start Network governance
The Start Network Board of Trustees, the Membership Committee and the Nominations Committee are looking for new members with fresh perspectives to contribute their knowledge to the Start Network.
Humanitarians and academics come together to tackle tough decisions
As a humanitarian network, we make difficult decisions. We make these decisions quickly, and regularly.
The African Risk Capacity Replica
What are the significant challenges that humanitarian organisations face today when responding to disasters?
The Start Fund Learning Grant
In summer 2016, the Start Fund decided to revise the learning grant process and subsequently set aside one per cent of its total annual disbursement, to fund learning activities that went above and beyond project level for members of the Start Network to strengthen humanitarian response. This fund for learning maintained the name ‘one per cent learning budget’ and agencies could apply for a greater amount, anything up to £10,000 GBP, with a greater freedom of focus.