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 Fund annual report.

People reached

13,248,679

People reached

Crisis alerts raised

392

Crisis alerts raised

Crieses responded to

263

Crieses responded to

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

67

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

Responses in # countries

66

Responses in # countries

Pounds disbursed

61,390,795

Pounds disbursed

Latest news


Blog Post

Pluies diluviennes accompagnees d’un ouragan dans la zone de sante de Kalima Province du Maniema en R D Congo

En début de ce mois de Mars 2020, une pluie torrentielle accompagnée d’un vent violent s’est abattue sur la zone de sante de Kalima en territoire de Pangi, Province du Maniema en République Démocratique du Congo causant plusieurs dégâts matériels et humains. 

27Mar20

Blog Post

Storms in Kalima, Province of Maniema, Democratic Republic of Congo

Earlier this month, torrential rain accompanied by violent wind fell on Kalima in Maniema Province, Democratic Republic of Congo, causing both material and human damage. 

27Mar20

Resource

A management response to: An External Evaluation of the Start Fund Preparedness to Scale-Up 2018/9

The Start Fund has an established practice of providing management response to its external, independent evaluations. Developed through a participatory process, the management response helps to ensure that the evaluations are used, contributing to the Start Funds’ effectiveness, learning, and accountability.   Start Fund constituted an Evaluation Management Response Drafting Committee, comprising of: Three representatives from the Start Fund Strategic Committee: John Birchenough from Catholic international development charity, CAFOD; Jonathan Brooker from Solidarites International UK; and Saba Mahmood from Islamic Relief Worldwide and Start Funds, Head of Funds, Lucile Brethes Start Fund Manager, Lucretia Puentes Start Funds MEAL Manager, Chaitali Chattopadhyay     The drafting committee members carried out a wide-range consultation with the broader Start Fund committee members, Start Network Leadership Team and the Board members to develop a comprehensive management response to the evaluation. The document can be accessed here.  The progress against the management response will be presented to the Start Fund Strategic Committee on a regular basis to ensure compliance and accountability towards the committed actions.

25Mar20

Resource

EXTERNAL EVALUATION OF THE START FUND PREPAREDNESS TO SCALE-UP

This external evaluation was commissioned to ‘assess the preparedness of Start Fund to scale-up its operations and suggest future growth rate scenarios’. The overarching purpose of the evaluation is stated as two-fold:  Assess the preparedness of the Start Fund to scale up its operation;  Inform the Start Fund of the appropriate scale-up considerations (including the size and growth rate scenarios).

25Mar20

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