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Anticipation & Risk Financing
Migration Emergency Response
Our initiatives aim to transform humanitarian action through innovation, fast funding, early action, and localisation.
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Crisis Response Summaries
We are committed to transparency, accountability, evidence-led decision-making and using learning to continuously evolve.
News & Blogs
News and blog articles from across the Start Network.
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Essential support to under-the-radar crises in Bangladesh
We share some stories on the unique space that this Start Fund Bangladesh holds in providing essential support to under-the-radar crises.
Crisis anticipation online training launched
Start Network has launched a new free 'Crisis Anticipation and Action' online training for Start Network members.
The Start Fund’s 400th Alert
The drought in Southern Africa has been ongoing since October 2018 and has consistently grown in scale and severity. 45 million people were estimated to be experiencing critical levels of food insecurity at the end of 2019. The ongoing crisis is the cumulative consequences of the climate-related natural disasters (including drought, cyclone, and flooding) that have hit Zambia.
Shifting the power: Start Fund Bangladesh in action
“It's a great example of localisation, the local NGOs have access to funds, mutual learning opportunity and ensured collective efforts for national and international organisations”
The Start Fund Bangladesh makes progress in localisation
Start Fund Bangladesh is demonstrating how localisation makes aid more effective and efficient. People in need are receiving help 10 days faster and operational costs have been halved.
An end of year message from Christina Bennett, CEO of Start Network
An end of year message from Christina Bennett, CEO of Start Network.
Changing the humanitarian financing model for more effective assistance
At the Start Network we are constantly working towards changing the approaches to humanitarian assistance to proactively manage crises more effectively.
These include initiatives such as anticipation and forecast-based action which promotes early intervention before a crisis actually hits; and innovative insurance pilots that can release funding at scale to fund pre-agreed plans.
How the Start Fund helps to leverage additional support for under-the-radar crises
Since 2017 the Start Fund reporting systems have included a section on the leveraging of additional funds. In 2018 the total amount secured in additional funding was reported to be £64 million, more than five times the amount that was awarded by the Start Fund in the first place.