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

9,370,554

People reached

Crises responded to

168

Crises responded to

Alerts raised

257

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

38,151,642

Pounds disbursed

Latest news


Blog Post

Global Fund 250th crisis alert: Ebola outbreak in the DRC

A fresh outbreak of Ebola in the North Kivu province of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has become the focus of the 250th alert by the Start Fund.

10Aug18

News Article

New mapping tool aims to improve decision making and accountability

Start Network is delighted to release details of new features added to its innovative Start Fund portal.

11Jul18

News Article

How do we choose where to help?

On April 17, Start Network received an urgent alert from two of its 42 member organisations, asking for rapid funding to combat a cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria. The other members of the United Kingdom-based humanitarian network were quickly consulted, but they were divided over whether, of all the world’s pressing humanitarian needs, this one deserved some of the network’s precious funds.

10Jul18

Blog Post

The Start Fund is embracing localisation through partnerships

In 2016, thirty of the biggest humanitarian donors and aid providers met at the World Humanitarian Summit to sign the ‘Grand Bargain’ commitments to get more means into the hands of people in need.

10Jul18

Further Information

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