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

23,049,248

People reached

Crisis alerts raised

600

Crisis alerts raised

Crises responded to

415

Crises responded to

Average hours between alert and project selected

65

Average hours between alert and project selected

Responses in # countries

71

Responses in # countries

Pounds disbursed

96,660,548

Pounds disbursed

Latest news


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Start Fund: Frequently Asked Questions

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.

19Jul22

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Start Fund Anticipatory Alert Note

This note should concisely provide an overview of the crisis, highlight the needs of the affected people, and explain the appropriateness of the Start Fund to respond. The alert note is a means of providing information to the Start Network to enable decision-making. It is important to understand the predicted impact and the kind of anticipation actions that can be taken to mitigate this impact.

19Jul22

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Manual del Start Fund

Durante los seis años en que Start Fund ha estado desembolsando fondos en contextos subfinanciados, ha seguido siendo la piedra angular de la visión y la labor general de StartNetwork. A medida que la financiación de la acción humanitaria continúa diversificándose, Start Fund sigue siendo una herramienta relevante,ya que no solo provee financiamiento cuando se han agotado las demás opciones, sino que además conecta las distintas áreas de los programas de StartNetwork. Para muchas organizaciones, StartFund es laprimera oportunidad de interactuar de manera más amplia con la red.

18Jul22

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Manuel de Start Fund

Tout au long des six années au cours desquelles le Start Fund a déboursé des fonds dans des contextes sous-financés, il est resté au cœur de la vision et de l’ensemble de l’action du Start Network. Alors que le financement humanitaire continue de se diversifier, le Start Fund demeure un outil pertinent, non seulement en fournissant des fonds lorsque d’autresoptions sontépuisées, mais aussi en réunissant les différents volets de la programmation au sens large du Start Network. Pour de nombreuses organisations, le Start Fund offre la première opportunitéd’accéder auréseau dans son ensemble.

18Jul22