10 year anniversary
Governance & Assurance
Annual Report 2019
Read about why we exist and values and reach. Or click above to read about our governance structure and current vacancies.
Donors and Partners
See which organisations are in the Network and which are our donors and partners. Or click above to find out about becoming a member.
Locally led action
New forms of financing
We're tackling what we believe are the biggest systemic problems that the sector faces.
Start Fund COVID-19
Start Fund Bangladesh
Anticipation & Risk Financing
Start Financing Facility
Our initiatives aim to transform humanitarian action through innovation, fast funding, early action, and localisation.
Start Fund Dashboard
Crisis Response Summaries
We are committed to transparency, accountability, evidence-led decision-making and using learning to continuously evolve.
News & Blogs
Start Network Assembly 2020
News and blog articles from across the Start Network.
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Start Network launches new framework for localisation
The Start Network has published a new framework for localisation which aims to provide a practical structure to improve the position of local organisations within international aid. The framework is part of an independent review into localisation of the Start Fund and other Start Network initiatives. Responding to the review, the Start Network has committed to “drive a holistic and transformative approach to localisation”.
Localisation in theory and practice
There are many interpretations of how to deliver localisation. For the Start Network the end goal is humanitarian response that is community-led. We have identified pathways that will deliver a shift towards a situation where decisions and responses are made closer to the community.
A Journey towards the Localisation of Aid
Helen Asnake shares her thoughts on aid localisation and the discussions that emerged during a recent research project launch in Ethiopia
Five reasons why the “localisation” agenda has failed in the past – and four reasons why things may now be changing
The current clamour for more international humanitarian aid to be channelled through local organisations is nothing new, says Steve Williams, head of programmes for the Start Network.
How the Charter4Change is strengthening national and local humanitarian organisations
Anne Street, Head of Humanitarian Policy at CAFOD tells us about the Charter4Change.
Calling for a ‘Grand Bargain With the Future’
A common NGO position for the Grand Bargain at the World Humanitarian Summit would describe a 21st Century humanitarian system which would enable every humanitarian to make a contribution.
An open letter from Sean Lowrie on localisation
Sean's response to an open letter from Mihir Bhatt, part of a correspondence which began following the World Humanitarian Summit consultation in October 2015.
An open letter from Mihir Bhatt on the topics not hotly debated
Mihir Bhatt responds to an open letter from Sean Lowrie.