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.
Read more in the Start Fund annual report.

People reached

10,839,306

People reached

Crises responded to

189

Crises responded to

Alerts raised

283

Alerts raised

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

67

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

Responses in # countries

59

Responses in # countries

Pounds disbursed

42,634,381

Pounds disbursed

Latest news


Blog Post

Start Fund: highest number of awarded responses in a single month

The month of October saw the highest alerting and activated month in the history of the Start Fund, where 13 alerts out of 15 were activated.

11Dec18

Resource

Monthly Risk Briefing: November

The monthly risk briefing provides information on global weather, volcanic, human and health events where members may consider using the Start Fund’s Crisis Anticipation Window. It reports on new, emerging or deteriorating situations; therefore, ongoing events that are considered to be unchanged are not featured and risks that are beyond the scope and scale of the Start Fund are also not featured. This monthly risk briefing is collated by the Start Network Anticipation team using information from academia and research institutes, government departments, ACAPS, global risk indexes, risk information provided by Start Members and their partners, and the media. Key risks are shared and collated each month with FOREWARN input.

03Dec18

Blog Post

Learn at the 2018 Assembly: The Start Fund

Learn about the world's fastest pooled financing mechanism, Start Fund.

26Nov18

Blog Post

Start Fund Rapid Response: helping Uganda landslide survivors

With their homes destroyed, livestock buried, and crops washed way affected families were left stranded, struggling to survive and forced to depend on the help of their neighbouring communities.

21Nov18

Further Information

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