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 governments of the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Jersey and the IKEA Foundation. 

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 timeline

Filling the Gap

Performance


Figures about the Start Fund since its inception in April 2014.
Read more in the Start Network annual report.

People reached

22,583,610

People reached

Crisis alerts raised

492

Crisis alerts raised

Crises responded to

327

Crises responded to

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

66

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

Responses in # countries

68

Responses in # countries

Pounds disbursed

77,023,294

Pounds disbursed

Latest news


News Article

Start Network members launch pilot to promote local, rapid and early action in Nepal

Following the success of last year’s Start Fund COVID-19 response in Nepal, Start Network members are piloting a country-based contingency fund to respond rapidly to, and in anticipation of, small to medium scale crises in the country. Funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), this member-led trial, known as Start Fund Nepal, has been designed by local, national and international organisations. Members of the Start Fund Bangladesh team have also been supporting the design based on their experience of managing a country-based pooled fund since 2017.

16Jun21

Blog Post

TOGO : Lutte contre le COVID-19 dans 51 ecoles de Dankpen

A la date du 6 décembre 2020, le Togo comptait 3 095 cas confirmés de COVID-19, dont 65 décès. Dans un premier temps, le gouvernement a pris des mesures pour réduire la transmission du virus, notamment en fermant les écoles. Le 15 juin, les écoles ont été rouvertes uniquement pour les classes d’examens pour permettre aux élèves de passer les examens de fin d'année.

10Jun21

Blog Post

TOGO: Tackling COVID-19 in 51 Dankpen Schools

As of 6 December 2020, Togo had 3,095 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 65 deaths. Initially, the government took steps to reduce transmission of the virus, including by closing schools. However, on 15 June, schools were reopened to allow students to take end-of-year exams.

09Jun21

News Article

UK Aid provides £12m to support the Start Fund

The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) announced today that it would provide a further £12m to support the Start Fund. The funding will enable frontline actors across Start Network’s members and partners to continue to respond rapidly to and in anticipation of under-the-radar humanitarian crises. The FCDO also agreed to work with Start Network in its transition to a global network of ‘hubs’, which will facilitate locally-led responses and improve NGO access to more innovative financing that will mitigate humanitarian impacts, both protecting and assisting people affected by crises.

11May21