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 niche

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


Resource

Start Fund COVID-19: An Overview

As the COVID-19 pandemic started to spread and affect countries and communities all around the world, Start Network recognised the importance of utilising the experience of its members to manage and support responses to critical COVID-19-related humanitarian needs. As a result, a COVID-19 context-specific rapid response fund was established, drawing from the principles and best practices of the global Start Fund.

12Jan21

News Article

German Federal Foreign Office supports innovative programme for early humanitarian action

The German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) has announced its support of €4.5 million for a programme of activities that will embed early humanitarian action across a global network of NGOs.

11Jan21

Resource

10 Lessons from the first three years of Crisis Anticipation

In 2016 the Start Network launched Crisis Anticipation within the Start Fund. This short brief documents the 10 key lessons learned and recommendation from the first 3 years of Crisis Anticipation at the Start Network.

03Dec20

Resource

LEARN about the Start Fund

Start Network’s first virtual Assembly meeting took take place from Monday 12 to Thursday 15 October 2020, alongside our 10-year anniversary celebrations. Watch the recordings of the sessions related to the Start Fund and access all the learning materials below.

23Oct20

Further Information

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