Start Fund

Filling a gap in the humanitarian sector


The Start Fund was created to fill a gap in humanitarian funding. It enables NGOs to make collective decisions on the basis of need alone and to respond early and fast to ‘under the radar’ emergencies.

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About the Fund

The first multi-donor pooled fund managed exclusively by NGOs


The Start Fund provides small-scale grants for small to medium scale emergencies that often receive little funding. Projects are chosen by local committees, made up of staff from Start members and their NGO partners, within 72 hours of an alert. This makes the Start Fund the fastest, collectively-owned, early response mechanism in the world.

New: Crisis Anticipation Window

The Start Fund Crisis Anticipation Window is designed to facilitate anticipatory interventions. It enables our member agencies to analyse forecasting information, collectively assess risks, and access flexible funding to respond early and reduce suffering.

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Underfunded emergencies


Response to small to medium scale emergencies that often receive little funding;

Early response


Early response to slow-onset crises to protect at-risk communities;

Fast response


Fast response to both rapid-onset crises and spikes in chronic humanitarian crises.

The Start Fund niche

Filling the Gap

Performance


Figures about the Start Fund since its inception in April 2014 to 31 March 2017.
Read more in the Start Fund annual report.

People reached

6,148,338

People reached

Crises responded to

99

Crises responded to

Alerts raised

150

Alerts raised

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

65

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

Responses in # countries

50

Responses in # countries

Pounds disbursed

22,828,719

Pounds disbursed

Latest news


Blog Post

Earthquake to floods: how Start Fund helped Ecuador families face second disaster

After El Nino hit Ecuador, bringing heavy rainfall and floods, terrified families were left homeless and the Start Fund enabled Plan International to respond

02May17

News Article

The Start Fund responds to its 100th crisis

An outbreak of Lassa fever that poses a risk to nearly a million people in northern Togo has become the focus of the 100th crisis response financed by the Start Fund.

11Apr17

News Article

A story of Start Fund Alert 144 in Malawi:

In February, HelpAge International and Christian Aid led a cash-based response to assist flood victims in Malawi through the Start Fund. Here is a take on the story that made its way to one of the country's news sites, Malawi24.

11Apr17

Blog Post

How the Start Fund is filling huge gaps in humanitarian response around the world

On its third anniversary, just as the Start Fund begins its 100th crisis response, Gloria Donate from Plan International UK, tells us about the very first response.  

04Apr17

Further Information

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