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 niche

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

22,583,610

People reached

Crisis alerts raised

492

Crisis alerts raised

Crises responded to

327

Crises responded to

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

66

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

Responses in # countries

68

Responses in # countries

Pounds disbursed

77,023,294

Pounds disbursed

Latest news


News Article

UK Aid provides £12m to support the Start Fund

The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) announced today that it would provide a further £12m to support the Start Fund. The funding will enable frontline actors across Start Network’s members and partners to continue to respond rapidly to and in anticipation of under-the-radar humanitarian crises. The FCDO also agreed to work with Start Network in its transition to a global network of ‘hubs’, which will facilitate locally-led responses and improve NGO access to more innovative financing that will mitigate humanitarian impacts, both protecting and assisting people affected by crises.

11May21

Resource

Start Fund Handbook - Bangla

This handbook details the procedures which govern the use and allocation of the Start Fund.

23Apr21

Resource

BULLETIN TRIMESTRIEL D’APPRENTISSAGE: JAN-MAR 2021

Cette note résume certains des principaux enseignements tirés par le Start Network au cours du premier trimestre 2021. Le résumé présente les principaux enseignements et fournit des liens vers des rapports plus détaillés. Il se concentre sur Nos méthodes de travail - comment pouvons-nous améliorer nos preuves et notre apprentissage? Programmes : ce qu'il faut prendre en compte lors de la mise en œuvre des programmes et Ce quoi nous voulons en savoir... Le dossier est disponible en français, anglais et espagnol.

09Apr21

Resource

RESUMEN TRIMESTRAL DE APRENDIZAJE: ENERO-MARZO 2021

Este informe resume algunos de los principales aprendizajes de la red Start Network en el primer trimestre de 2021. En él se exponen las principales conclusiones del aprendizaje y se ofrecen enlaces a informes más detallados. Se centra en Nuestros métodos de trabajo - ¿cómo podemos mejorar nuestra evidencia y aprendizaje? Programas: qué hay que tener en cuenta a la hora de implementar los programas Sobre lo que queremos aprender más El informe está disponible en español, inglés y francés.

09Apr21

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