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The current Ebola Virus Disease outbreak is the largest ever recorded. The virus has now been confirmed in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal.
Saving Lives by Sharing Knowledge
There are many reasons why the humanitarian NGO sector isn’t geared towards the promotion and development of innovation.
Start Fund awarded locally for flooding response in Bangladesh
A team of local staff in Bangladesh met yesterday to decide how best to use a £200,000 allocation from the Start Fund for response to the recent flooding.
The Start Fund launched in April for its six-month ‘design and build’ phase. Immediately, the first activation raised questions about the Fund’s scope and positioning.
As in many conflict zones, instability can affect project design and delivery. Changing needs, emerging gaps and population variances are recurring aspects of emergency response projects all too familiar to humanitarian organisations.
At the best of times, the movement of internally displaced people into a host community can strain already scarce resources and create tensions.
Start Fund activated for underfunded Cholera response in Cameroon
The sixth Start Fund allocation was made last week in response to the Cholera epidemic in Cameroon.
Start Build launches with funding from DFID's DEPP
On July 8th 2014 the first four projects from the Start Build portfolio were able to begin with funding from the UK Department for International Development’s Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP).