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Migration Emergency Response
Our initiatives aim to transform humanitarian action through innovation, fast funding, early action, and localisation.
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News and blog articles from across the Start Network.
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First five projects for Start Fund COVID-19 selected
Projects for the first five alerts with the Start Fund COVID-19 were selected this weekend by local project selection committees.
Bringing about “bayanihan” to tackle COVID-19 in the Philippines
Despite restrictions on movement, limited supplies and the ever-present threat of the virus, Start Network members in the Philippines are continuing to deliver aid to the communities they work with.
The Domino Effect: Acting in advance of crises
We have helped to mitigate the damage of impending disasters and, in some cases, managed to stop crises from forming altogether as a result of well-timed, pre-emptive action. Through these experiences, we have built a strong body of evidence that points to the value of early interventions to save time, money, and lives.
How aid agencies are using Start Network’s funding mechanisms to address the COVID-19 pandemic
Start Network members began to raise alerts to COVID-19 in Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries on 20 March, through the Start Network’s existing fund portfolio - Start Fund, Migration Emergency Response Fund (MERF) and Start Fund Bangladesh. Two weeks later, on 2 April Start Network launched Start Fund COVID-19 with a generous €1.5 million donation from the IKEA Foundation.
Record number of alerts shows urgent need for rapid and early support to stop the spread of COVID-19
Start Network has received a record number of crisis alerts - with 85 in a single weekend - from members in 69 countries. The alerts were for Start Network's new COVID-19 fund launched to anticipate and respond to critical virus-related humanitarian needs in low-income countries.
OPEN CALL TO SUPPORT THE START NETWORK’S EXPERT ADVISORY GROUP ON DISEASE OUTBREAKS
The Forecast-based Warning, Analysis and Response Network (FOREWARN) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder community that brings together forecasting information providers, experts across a range of fields and experienced humanitarians to provide advice in support of operationally-sound decision making regarding how the funding could be put to greatest use. We are urgently seeking experts in disease, epidemiology and public health to support the Start Fund COVID-19 decision making process
Start Network launches COVID-19 fund
Start Network has launched a new COVID-19 aid fund to anticipate and respond to critical virus-related humanitarian needs in low-income countries. The fund is being kickstarted with a donation from IKEA Foundation for €1.5M, other donors are being sought.
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.