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 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
New/unforeseen humanitarian needs that cannot be responded to under current programming
Emergence of new vulnerable groups not covered under ongoing programmes
Clear systemic gaps that are currently not covered under ongoing programmes but have a high impact on the beneficiaries affected
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 Fund annual report.
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 2017
Our third year was one of exciting progress and significant learning, with 74 alerts – nearly as many as our first two years combined.
Learning materials derived from the Start Fund processes.