Start Fund

Filling a gap in the humanitarian sector


The Start Fund provides rapid financing to underfunded small to medium scale crises, spikes in chronic humanitarian crises, and to act in anticipation of impending crises, filling a critical gap in humanitarian financing.

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About the Fund

The first multi-donor pooled fund managed exclusively by NGOs


The Start Fund is collectively owned and managed by Start Network’s members, and supported by the British, Irish, Dutch and Belgian governments and the European Commission.

Projects are chosen by local committees, made up of staff from Start Network members and their partners, within 72 hours of an alert. This makes the Start Fund the fastest, collectively-owned, early response mechanism in the world.

 

Focusing on three types of humanitarian need

Underfunded small to medium scale crises



Spikes in chronic humanitarian emergencies



Forecast and early action for impending crises



The Start Fund niche

Filling the Gap

Performance


Figures about the Start Fund since its inception in April 2014 to 18 January 2018.
Read more in the Start Fund annual report.

People reached

7,297,917

People reached

Crises responded to

139

Crises responded to

Alerts raised

210

Alerts raised

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

66

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

Responses in # countries

57

Responses in # countries

Pounds disbursed

32,776,020

Pounds disbursed

Latest news


News Article

Start Fund responds to Lassa fever in Nigeria

In January, the Start Fund was alerted to an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria, 350 people were reported to have been infected. The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) has been awarded Start Funds to respond to the crisis on the ground and are targeting three areas which have been most affected; Ondo, Edo and Ebonyi.

01Feb18

Blog Post

Start Network in the Democratic Republic of Congo

A spike in armed violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between September and December led to 30,000 people fleeing their homes while at least 10,000 people fled the country into Uganda. The UN OCHA reports that there are already 4.3 million people internally displaced in the country.

31Jan18

Blog Post

Interview with Dr Mariam Aldogani Start Network Program Manager in Yemen

Interview with Dr Mariam Aldogani, Save the Children's Hudaydah Field Manager and Start Network Program Manager in Yemen.

23Jan18

News Article

What is in store for the future in Yemen?

In December an outbreak of diphtheria was reported in Yemen, another blow for people living in a country already experiencing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

23Jan18

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