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


Resource

Start Fund Nepal Pilot Phase Alerts

This provides the quick glimpse of the each Alert, its location, population reached, project period and the support provided in each alert.

19Apr22

Blog Post

Ukraine crisis reveals the need for a more equitable humanitarian response

The geopolitical scope of the Ukraine crisis means it will most likely have far-reaching consequences beyond the country’s borders. Start Network's approach to the Ukraine crisis is based on learning from other larger-scale crises that the Start Fund has responded to in the past.

11Mar22

News Article

Start Network Launches Grants To Accelerate Anticipation and Locally-Led Action

Start Network has launched three new grants that will enable members to access funds in order to accelerate locally led anticipatory action and community-led approaches to monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning. 

08Feb22

Resource

Start Network Quarterly Learning Brief - Q4 (English)

This quarterly learning brief (QLB) summarises some of Start Network’s key learning from the last quarter (Q4) of 2021. It completes the learning shared across the year and provided in Q1, Q2 and Q3.

21Jan22