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ACAPS is dedicated to improving analysis of humanitarian needs in complex emergencies and crises. Their team supports the humanitarian community by providing up-to-date information on more than 40 key crises around the globe. This enables crisis responders to better understand and thereby better address the needs of the affected population, and at the same time strengthening the assessment ecosystem. Recently ACAPS has developed a new tool for humanitarians: the CrisisAlert app, with customised settings, notification system and offline option to access our content even in remote areas. ACAPS was established in 2009 as a non-profit, non-governmental project hosted by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). They are independent of specific operational and sectoral agendas or interests, and therefore guarantee objective and evidence-based analysis. Today their team consists of 28 professionals based in Geneva and in the field as well as a pool of consultants.

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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.



Start Fund: Learning from Slow-Onset Crises

The Start Fund is a multi-donor pooled rapid-response fund that initiates disbursement of humanitarian finance within 72 hours. It is collectively owned and managed by the Start Network members, a group of 42 national and international aid agencies from five continents. The fund was officially launched on 1st April 2014 and has an annual disbursement of approximately £11 million (GBP). It is designed to fill gaps in the humanitarian funding architecture in three main areas: underfunded small to medium scale crises; forecasts of impending crises; and spikes in chronic humanitarian crises. This review is one in a series of learning products developed by the Start Fund Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team with the intention of providing actionable recommendations to improve decision making at the project, crisis and system level . Evidence and learning for the Start Fund is provided by World Vision UK.


Blog Post

Collaboration? It’s not as easy as it sounds says Emily Whitehead, as UN prepares for special session on refugees

Start Network's Emily Whitehead on the latest edition of the Humanitarian Exchange, focused on the response to the influx of refugees and vulnerable migrants into Europe.