A national Start Fund

Start Fund Bangladesh

Start Network is working towards a decentralised model of national and regional hubs. Hubs will manage their own funds and local and national NGOs will have direct access to funds. The first pilot of this way of working is the Start Fund Bangladesh, which over the course of four years aims to put more support and funding in the hands of national and local responders.

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About Start Fund Bangladesh

The Start Fund Bangladesh is a £10 million rapid emergency response fund created by the Start Network in 2017 with support from UK aid from the British people. Modelled on the successful Start Fund that activates funding within 72 hours of a crisis alert, filling a crucial gap in global aid funding. The fund is accessible to both national and international member NGOs operating in Bangladesh to respond early to under the radar emergencies.


The Start Fund Bangladesh mechanism aims to evolve and extend to bring it yet closer to a national context. While retaining the core principles informing the Fund’s ethos and design, the Start Network can transform how NGO emergency response in Bangladesh is reliably financed in the first hours and days of a crisis. 


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As of September 2018, Start Fund Bangladesh has been among the first responders to address seven small/medium emergencies, reaching around 0.2 million people with cash, hygiene materials, hygiene promotion and other supports through awarding more than £2.16 million to 14 of its member agencies and their partners.


See all the of the alerts raised to the Start Fund Bangladesh below.



  1. The Fund will establish a nationally managed pooled funding mechanism that supports local actors or agencies, best placed to deliver needs-based, timely and effective humanitarian response, adhering to humanitarian principles.
  2. The Fund will strive to install a collective ownership of local actors over the Fund management while expanding the number of local actors and agencies and their participation in strategic decisions about humanitarian programmes and their direct access to funds for humanitarian response.
  3. The Fund will facilitate a learning environment that understands and respects the respective strengths and weaknesses of its member agencies; and inspires their collaborative advantages. It will harness better systems for equitable communication among diverse actors and promote collective accountability through standardization of processes, indicators and reporting throughout the network. 
  4. The Fund will strategically engage with the Government and other relevant stakeholders to mobilise diverse resources and leverage the Government’s efforts for timely and effective humanitarian response while maintaining its independence to act as the voice of civil society.
  5. The Fund, through its research, learning and advocacy, will strive to establish itself as an effective alternative for receiving humanitarian funding from diverse donors, while keeping in view the sustainability and scalability of the mechanism in a changing humanitarian landscape.


Start Fund Bangladesh is supported by the UK's Department for Internation Development.

Alerts to the Start Fund Bangladesh

Alerts will show here after an allocation decision has been made. Members, donors and partners must login above to see new alerts. Please note, alerts to the Global Start Fund alerts are available here or on the download button below.

E.g., 10/20/2020
E.g., 10/20/2020
Alert Alert date Country Crisis type Alert type Status of alert Amount Awarded Agencies Funded
B034 Bangladesh ( Second Wave Flooding) 5 Aug 2020 - 17:00 Bangladesh Flooding Slow onset Implementation Caritas Bangladesh Read more
B033 Bangladesh (Flooding in Sylhet and Sunamganj) 13 Jul 2020 - 11:00 Bangladesh Flooding Rapid onset Implementation Save the Children Read more
B032 Bangladesh (Flooding in north) 8 Jul 2020 - 17:30 Bangladesh Flooding Slow onset Implementation Islamic Relief, World Vision Read more
B031 Bangladesh (River Bank Erosion- Kurigram Rowmari and Char Rajibpur) 20 Jun 2020 - 15:30 Bangladesh Flooding Anticipatory Implementation Care International Read more
B029 Bangladesh(Cyclone Amphan) 22 May 2020 - 15:00 Bangladesh Cyclone Rapid onset Implementation Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Solidarites International Read more
B030 Bangladesh(Measles outbreak in Rangamati) 22 May 2020 - 14:00 Bangladesh Disease Outbreak Slow onset Implementation Read more
Test SFB Automation (Flooding) 18 May 2020 - 12:00 Bangladesh Avalanche Rapid onset Project Selection Caritas Bangladesh Read more
B028 Bangladesh( COVID 19 Response in Bhola and Cox's Bazar) 10 May 2020 - 14:00 Bangladesh Disease Outbreak Rapid onset Not allocated Read more
B027 Bangladesh (Anticipation of Dengue ) 26 Apr 2020 - 21:00 Bangladesh Other Anticipatory Implementation Read more
B026 Bangladesh(COVID-19 Response) 30 Mar 2020 - 20:00 Bangladesh Disease Outbreak Rapid onset Implementation Read more
B025 Bangladesh (COVID19 Response and Sajek Miseal Outbreak) 30 Mar 2020 - 19:00 Bangladesh Disease Outbreak Slow onset Implementation Read more
B024 Bangladesh (COVID19 Response) 27 Mar 2020 - 02:00 Bangladesh Disease Outbreak Rapid onset Implementation Read more
B023 Bangladesh (Fire incident at Rupnagar-Shialbari Slum, Dhaka) 13 Mar 2020 - 19:30 Bangladesh Fire Rapid onset Not allocated Read more
B022 Bangladesh (Fire Incident-Banani T and T Slum) 9 Feb 2020 - 19:00 Bangladesh Fire Rapid onset Implementation Read more
B021 Bangladesh (Fire Incidents in Chattogram Slums) 5 Feb 2020 - 18:00 Bangladesh Fire Rapid onset Reporting Caritas Bangladesh Read more
B020 Bangladesh(Fire Response -Mirpur) 28 Jan 2020 - 19:00 Bangladesh Fire Rapid onset Reporting Read more
B019 Bangladesh (Cyclone Bulbul) 11 Nov 2019 - 15:00 Bangladesh Cyclone Rapid onset Reporting £248,624 Caritas Bangladesh Read more
B018 Bangladesh (Riverbank Erosion-Chandpur) 27 Oct 2019 - 16:30 Bangladesh Other Rapid onset Reporting £39,495 ActionAid Read more
B017 Bangladesh (Flooding and River Erosion) 13 Oct 2019 - 18:00 Bangladesh Flooding Slow onset Not allocated Read more
B016 Bangladesh (Fire Incident) 19 Aug 2019 - 19:00 Bangladesh Fire Rapid onset Reporting £102,625 Caritas Bangladesh Read more
B015 Bangladesh (Flooding - Sirajganj and Bogura) 23 Jul 2019 - 18:00 Bangladesh Flooding Slow onset Reporting £150,000 Action Against Hunger (ACF) Read more
B014 Bangladesh (Flooding Bandarbans) 16 Jul 2019 - 19:30 Bangladesh Flooding Slow onset Reporting £250,000 Caritas Bangladesh, World Vision Read more
B013 Bangladesh (Flooding North) 16 Jul 2019 - 18:30 Bangladesh Flooding Slow onset Reporting £599,991 Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief Read more
B012 Bangladesh (Anticipation of livelihood insecurity due to fishing ban) 25 Jun 2019 - 17:00 Bangladesh Other Anticipatory Reporting £50,000 Action Against Hunger (ACF) Read more
B011 Bangladesh (Cyclone Fani) 7 May 2019 - 13:00 Bangladesh Cyclone Rapid onset Not allocated Read more
B010 Bangladesh (Nor'wester) 3 Mar 2019 - 16:30 Bangladesh Storm Rapid onset Reporting £72,026 Plan International Read more
B009 Bangladesh (Fire incident) 2 Mar 2019 - 16:00 Bangladesh Other Rapid onset Reporting £55,710 Concern Worldwide Read more
B008 Bangladesh (River Bank Erosion) 16 Sep 2018 - 15:30 Bangladesh Other Slow onset Reporting £297,197 Christian Aid Read more
B007 Bangladesh (Waterlogging) 8 Jul 2018 - 14:00 Bangladesh Other Rapid onset Reporting £60,000 ActionAid Read more
B006 Bangladesh (Floods) 19 Jun 2018 - 16:30 Bangladesh Flooding Slow onset Reporting £386,847 Caritas Bangladesh, Muslim Aid, Save the Children Read more
B005 Bangladesh (Fire incident ) 16 Mar 2018 - 19:30 Bangladesh Other Rapid onset Reporting £161,760 Caritas Bangladesh, Christian Aid, Muslim Aid Read more
B004 Bangladesh (Influx of refugees) 24 Sep 2017 - 10:00 Bangladesh Conflict/Civil Unrest Rapid onset Not allocated Read more
B003 Bangladesh (Flooding - North) 16 Aug 2017 - 13:00 Bangladesh Flooding Slow onset Reporting £660,000 ActionAid, Care International, Concern Worldwide, Plan International, Relief International, Save the Children Read more
B002 Bangladesh (Landslides) 20 Jun 2017 - 11:30 Bangladesh Landslide Rapid onset Completed £194,476 ActionAid, World Vision Read more
B001 Bangladesh (Cyclone) 31 May 2017 - 10:50 Bangladesh Cyclone Rapid onset Completed £395,107 Action Against Hunger (ACF), Caritas Bangladesh, Concern Worldwide, Save the Children Read more
138 BANGLADESH (REFUGEES) 17 Jan 2017 - 17:52 Bangladesh Conflict/Civil Unrest Slow onset Completed £300,000 Solidarites International Read more
100 BANGLADESH (FLOODING) 1 Aug 2016 - 15:15 Bangladesh Flooding Slow onset Completed £509,933 Action Against Hunger (ACF), Care International, Caritas Bangladesh, Christian Aid, Muslim Aid, Save the Children Read more
090 BANGLADESH (CYCLONE) 22 May 2016 - 20:07 Bangladesh Cyclone Rapid onset Completed £496,512 Action Against Hunger (ACF), Christian Aid, Save the Children Read more
012 BANGLADESH (FLOODING) 26 Aug 2014 - 12:42 Bangladesh Flooding Rapid onset Completed £200,000 Care International, Christian Aid, Islamic Relief, Oxfam Read more

Latest news and resources

Blog Post

Start Fund Bangladesh: COVID-19 Chapter

Using local membership strength of a pooled funding mechanism to extend humanitarian support during a pandemic.


Blog Post

COVID-19 Resilient Village in Bangladesh

Shonnasgacha is a small village of Keshobpur Upazila of Jashore district where 210 families live in a 1.5 sq. km area. While the country was waking up to the COVID-19 threat in the early stages of the lockdown, the locals of Shonnasgacha village took measures to protect themselves.


Blog Post

How FOREWARN's prediction on dengue fever enabled Start Fund Bangladesh members to act early

On 28th March 2020, Start Fund Bangladesh, the national fund for the Start Network, activated its first alert in response to predictions made by the national Forecast-based Warning, Analysis and Response Network (FOREWARN). 



Using Standing Operating Procedures (SOP) for Humanitarian Responses During a Pandemic

Start Fund Bangladesh developed standing operating procedures (SOP) after taking stock of current happenings and in-depth discussion with donors and humanitarian leaders. The SOP targeted safety measures at multiple levels to ensure the ultimate prevention of transmission at the community level. Some of these included: Tracking physical health of staff and volunteers throughout the project period; In addition, all personnel involved in the project needed access to personal protective gear (masks and sanitizers) Adopting new practices at the organisational level: providing accommodation facilities to staff and volunteers if needed; giving compensatory allowances to those working in direct response; increasing organisational cleanliness as per WHO standards Following strict guidelines during response and: distributing relief items through door-to-door delivery and drawing distant circles.


Blog Post

How indirect cost recovery is supporting the development of local and national organisations

​One of the ways that Start Fund Bangladesh is shifting more power to local organisations is by ensuring they have more access to funding for operations costs, otherwise known as the Indirect Cost Recovery (ICR) method, this enables them to improve and develop.


Blog Post

How aid agencies are using Start Network’s funding mechanisms to address the COVID-19 pandemic

Start Network members began to raise alerts to COVID-19 in Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries on 20 March, through the Start Network’s existing fund portfolio - Start Fund, Migration Emergency Response Fund (MERF) and Start Fund Bangladesh. Two weeks later, on 2 April Start Network launched Start Fund COVID-19 with a generous €1.5 million donation from the IKEA Foundation.


Blog Post

Essential support to under-the-radar crises in Bangladesh

We share some stories on the unique space that this Start Fund Bangladesh holds in providing essential support to under-the-radar crises.  


Blog Post

Shifting the power: Start Fund Bangladesh in action

“It's a great example of localisation, the local NGOs have access to funds, mutual learning opportunity and ensured collective efforts for national and international organisations”


Blog Post

The Start Fund Bangladesh makes progress in localisation

Start Fund Bangladesh is demonstrating how localisation makes aid more effective and efficient. People in need are receiving help 10 days faster and operational costs have been halved.


Blog Post

Start Fund Bangladesh makes a direct award to a local NGO

In June 2019, Start Fund Bangladesh made its first national disbursement to a local NGO. This signifies a major step forward in the Start Networks localisation commitments, allowing funds to go directly to the organisation best placed to provide assistance, with major cost and time savings.


Blog Post

Learn at the 2018 Assembly: DEPP Innovation Labs

WNow that we have fostered innovations in our four Innovation labs, what are the next steps to take these inventions up into global scales?


Blog Post

Learn at the 2018 Assembly: Start Fund Bangladesh

Since May 2017, there have been 8 activated alerts in Bangladesh, with disbursements totalling £2.1 million.


News Article

Islamic Relief helps survivors of Bangladesh floods

Islamic relief has been working in consortium with Start Network Members Save the Children and Concern Worldwide, to implement a rapid response to floods which hit Bangladesh in early June.


News Article

Local leadership and collaboration, helping people when there is no other support

When a fire ripped through Ellias Mollah, a ‘slum’ in Dhaka, the Start Fund Bangladesh provided help when there was no other support, meaning the people in Ellias Mollah who lost their homes, could quickly access cash to rebuild, and did not have to move away from their job and livelihoods.


Blog Post

How do we help the world's poorest populations become sustainably resilient? Cash

Michaela Larson says the answer to how we can help the world’s poorest populations become more resilient following a crisis, is an obvious one – we give them cash.  


Blog Post

How the Start Fund is responding to deadly flooding across South Asia

Last week, while many were focused on the devastating landslides in Sierra Leone, elsewhere more than 16 million people were affected by deadly flooding in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Start Network’s Melina Koutsis discusses.



Going the extra mile: Bangladesh Localisation Review

In order to establish a baseline on the state of localisation in the Start Fund and humanitarian sector in Bangladesh more generally, the Start Fund Bangladesh commissioned this external review.



The Start Fund, Start Network and Localisation

Localisation is a foundational and non-negotiable principle within the Start Network. This report presents a ‘baseline assessment’ of where the Start Fund and three DEPP projects currently sits with the‘localisation agenda’.


News Article

Start Network launches new framework for localisation

The Start Network has published a new framework for localisation which aims to provide a practical structure to improve the position of local organisations within international aid. The framework is part of an independent review into localisation of the Start Fund and other Start Network initiatives. Responding to the review, the Start Network has committed to “drive a holistic and transformative approach to localisation”.



Start Evolves Video: Emily Montier on the Family of Financing Facilities

The Start Network’s vision is a humanitarian system in which funding will be dependable and predictable, responses are based on humanitarian need and context-appropriate. For this to become reality, the Start Network needs to evolve into a global, decentralised 'network of networks'.


News Article

Start Fund Bangladesh: first use of new country fund

Thousands of families left homeless when Cyclone Mora hit Bangladesh are to be helped in the first crisis response by the new country-based Start Fund. Most of those to be assisted are Rohingya refugees, who had previously fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar.


News Article

Start Fund Bangladesh ready to respond to an in-country crisis

Start Network’s new Bangladesh national fund, Start Fund Bangladesh, is ready for its first crisis alert in a significant development for the humanitarian system


News Article

Bangladesh emergency response fund set up by Start Network

The Start Network is setting up a £10 million rapid response fund, which will respond early and fast to under the radar emergencies in Bangladesh.


Blog Post

Creating a Start Fund in Bangladesh

Start Network's Annemarie Poorterman tells us more about her work to set up a national version of the Start Fund in Bangladesh.


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