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New Course on the Contingency Plan in Start Ready Disaster Risk Financing Course
Start Network has launched its new online course for our members and local partners within the series of courses on Start Ready Disaster Risk Financing system.
This new course named Contingency Plan in Start Ready DRF is hosted via Kaya Connect and covers the first pillar of the Disaster Risk Financing-DRF approach.
New Start Ready Disaster Risk Financing Course
Start Network has launched Intro to Disaster Risk Financing, a new online course for our members and their local partners.
This course will build your understanding of Start Ready's proactive Disaster Risk Financing (DRF) approach.
COP26: New global financial service launches to protect most vulnerable from climate crisis – before disaster hits
Start Ready, a new global financial service that will support the humanitarian sector to tackle the climate crisis is launching today at COP26, with funding from the UK Government, the French Government, the IKEA Foundation and Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.
COP26: New insurance sector and NGO partnership will protect world’s most vulnerable from climate risks
Start Network and the Insurance Development Forum (IDF) are today announcing a new partnership to support the development of a new global financial service for the humanitarian sector, which will help communities to get ahead of escalating climate risks.
High-level Humanitarian Event on Anticipatory Action: Statement by Christina Bennett
The United Nations and the Governments of Germany and the United Kingdom convened a high-level event to advance anticipatory action and galvanise a collective push to act ahead of crises. Start Network CEO Christina Bennett made the following statement at the event.
Reflections on the High-level Humanitarian Event on Anticipatory Action
A High-level Humanitarian Event on Anticipatory Action, convened by OCHA and the Governments of Germany and the UK, took place on 9 September 2021. This brought together leaders from across governments, international financial institutions, the United Nations (UN) and civil society, who delivered powerful statements on their commitments to act to ahead of crises. Here, Sarah Klassen, Ben Webster, Jânio Dambo, and LA Dimailig offer their personal reflections on what this event achieved – and what should happen next.
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.
Beginning the design of the Start Financing Facility
We are pleased to announce that we are beginning the design of the Start Financing Facility (SFF) and are reaching out to give members of Start Network the opportunity to get involved in this process.