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 to 31 October 2017.
Read more in the Start Fund annual report.

People reached

7,079,490

People reached

Crises responded to

131

Crises responded to

Alerts raised

198

Alerts raised

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

66

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

Responses in # countries

55

Responses in # countries

Pounds disbursed

30,618,498

Pounds disbursed

Latest news


Resource

Start Fund handbook

This handbook details the procedures which govern the use and allocation of the Start Fund

10Nov17

Blog Post

Why learning from failure is key to anticipating humanitarian crises

Start Network's Sarah Klasson looks inside the 'black box' of the Crisis Anticipation Window, to see how we can learn from the failure to act early before crises hit this summer.

02Oct17

Blog Post

Catholic Relief Services: Reaching out to displaced families from Marawi

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) was awarded Start Funds to respond to the crisis in Marawi, Philippines, where fighting broke out in May. Here Aiko Jane Osa tells us about CRS's response.

30Aug17

Blog Post

How preparedness and collaboration enabled a rapid response to the Marawi crisis

Violence is still raging in Marawi 100 days after fighting began in May and tens of thousands of people who had to flee their homes remain displaced. The Start Network is providing help to people affected by the conflict through two programmes, the Start Fund and the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP).

30Aug17

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