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Maarifa kona making strides
Start Network's innovation lab in Kenya, part of the four national Disaster and Emergencies Preparedness Innovation Labs (DEPP Labs) programme, reflects on progress made so far.
How do we choose where to help?
On April 17, Start Network received an urgent alert from two of its 42 member organisations, asking for rapid funding to combat a cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria. The other members of the United Kingdom-based humanitarian network were quickly consulted, but they were divided over whether, of all the world’s pressing humanitarian needs, this one deserved some of the network’s precious funds.
The Start Fund is embracing localisation through partnerships
In 2016, thirty of the biggest humanitarian donors and aid providers met at the World Humanitarian Summit to sign the ‘Grand Bargain’ commitments to get more means into the hands of people in need.
Let's change the way we think about risk management
For lot of us, the idea of ‘risk management’ stirs up negative images- spreadsheets, risk registers, bureaucrats, dry software packages (shudder), or flustered efforts to address live risks spreading across media headlines. And that’s about it, right? Wrong.
Start Network’s DEPP snapshot
As the Disasters Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) comes to a close, we have summarised key crisis responses that the DEPP has worked on and the how the DEPP projects impacted the communities.
Making a case for Preparedness and Anticipation:
This year’s UN Economic and Social Council’s Humanitarian Affairs Segment (ECOSOC HAS) brought together Member governments, humanitarian and development partners, the private sector and crisis affected communities to discuss and share learning on key humanitarian issues under the theme of: “Restoring humanity, respecting human dignity and leaving no one behind: working together to reduce people’s humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability”.
World Refugee Day
Every year on the 20th of June, World Refugee Day is used to recognise and commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of refugees. It is important to recognise the difficulties that refugees face, and work towards a world where all refugees receive an education, have somewhere safe to live alongside accessibility to work so they can support their families. However, the term refugee is used to categorise people on the move and with that comes a distinct definition of the term ‘migrant’.
Getting ahead of deadly heat
In May this year, members in Pakistan raised a Start Fund alert for a heatwave, the alert was activated. Members had collectively analysed weather forecasts and had raised the alert before temperatures reached deadly levels. Start Network's Sarah Klassen discusses the challenges of forecasting heatwaves, and why a similar alert in 2017 was not activated.