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 Impact Report 2022

Over the last decade, the humanitarian sector has been heavily impacted by more frequent and severe climate-related crises. We need a more proactive, faster and locally led humanitarian system where communities are supported to analyse risks, create plans and have access to pre-arranged financing to prevent loss of life and livelihoods.

24Nov22

News Article

AS FLOODS IN PAKISTAN SUBSIDE, LOCALLY LED ACTION SUBVERTS TRADITIONAL AID MYTHS

As the world contends with the destruction that Pakistan’s monsoon floods have left in their wake, as well as the cascading impact of an emerging health crisis, some truths regarding the role of local organisations within the sector begin to become more visible, debunking myths long held by the traditional aid sector.

11Nov22

Resource

Start Fund Bangladesh Response Summary - Flash Flood B043

Bangladesh has faced one of the worst flash floods in history in 2022, where northeastern region of the country was devastated by consecutive flash floods during the months of May to June. The affect of the flooding led to more than 7.2 million people directly affected and more than 50% of the affected population in need of humanitarian assistance.

07Nov22

News Article

Flooding in South America:

It was on the evening of 10 March 2022 when intense rains caused ravines to overflow and water systems to collapse in the outskirts of Barquisimeto, Lara state’s capital in Venezuela. 

25Oct22