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National Funds - Piloting a Start Fund in Bangladesh


In the future the Start Network will operate through a decentralised model, with national funds allowing local and national NGOs direct access to this civil society fund. 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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Start Fund Bangladesh


In early 2016 DFID Bangladesh approached the Start Network to ask whether we would be interested in the idea of setting up a national version of the Start Fund in Bangladesh. Working together with our members in-country, Start submitted a concept note in June 2016. It has the provision to become a truly nationally owned fund, with access to national and local NGOs, working to respond to crises in Bangladesh within 72 hours. We are looking at a four-year project with a total value of £10 million, of which around £8.5 million will be for crisis disbursements.
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Alerts to the Start Fund Bangladesh


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E.g., 09/19/2018
E.g., 09/19/2018
Alert Alert date Country Crisis type Alert type Status of alert Amount Awarded Agencies Funded
B007 Bangladesh (Waterlogging) 8 Jul 2018 - 14:00 Bangladesh Other Rapid onset Reporting ActionAid Read more
B006 Bangladesh (Floods) 19 Jun 2018 - 16:30 Bangladesh Flooding Slow onset Project Selection £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 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 Reporting £194,476 ActionAid, World Vision Read more
B001 Bangladesh (Cyclone) 31 May 2017 - 10:50 Bangladesh Cyclone Rapid onset Reporting £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 Slow onset Completed £300,000 Solidarites International Read more
100 BANGLADESH (FLOODING) 1 Aug 2016 - 15:15 Bangladesh Flooding Slow onset Reporting £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


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.

15Aug18

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.

24Apr18

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.  

04Dec17

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.

24Aug17