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.
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
Crisis Anticipation Window
See a crisis coming and respond early to mitigate the predicted impacts.
The Start Fund has already supported interventions in anticipation of crises in a number of countries
Start Fund Bangladesh
National Funds - Piloting a Start Fund in Bangladesh
The Start Fund niche
Figures about the Start Fund since its inception in April 2014.
Read more in the Start Network annual report.
Crisis alerts raised
Crises responded to
Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)
Responses in # countries
Start Fund guidance
Understand how the Fund works, what to expect and how to actively participate.
Start Fund Handbook
This handbook details the procedures which govern the use and allocation of the Start Fund.
Start Fund Annual Report 2019
In 2019, the Start Fund funded £18.1 million to support responses in 37 countries, reaching 4,274,048 people.
Learning materials derived from the Start Fund processes.