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.
Read more in the Start Fund annual report.

People reached

10,945,354

People reached

Crises responded to

189

Crises responded to

Alerts raised

283

Alerts raised

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

67

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

Responses in # countries

59

Responses in # countries

Pounds disbursed

42,634,381

Pounds disbursed

Latest news


Blog Post

A Start Fund rapid response to flooding in Myanmar

Torrential rains during Myanmar’s monsoon season caused the Laymyo River banks to burst and overflow causing widespread damage to homes and infrastructure. The Start Fund was activated, awarding funding to three agencies for a rapid response.

12Sep19

Blog Post

Start Fund awarded responses: July

July saw 7 alerts activated, with over £1,000,000 being disbursed for rapids reponses to crises in the month. 

29Aug19

News Article

The Start Fund rapidly responds to its 350th crisis alert

Enabling a Start Network member with presence in Yemen to respond to flooding has become the focus of the 350th alert by the Start Fund.

29Aug19

Blog Post

What could you not have done without the Start Fund?

Every Start Network member that receives funds through the Start Fund answers this question in the reporting template. The feedback is used to gauge the impact of the Start Fund. In 2018, half of the responses to this question mentioned either the timeliness of the Start Fund or its ability to fill a gap in an ongoing response effort.

14Aug19

Further Information

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