START LABS

Fostering innovation in the humanitarian sector


Start Labs is a collectively-owned incubator that aims to foster innovation in the humanitarian sector. It supports the development and piloting of new solutions to enable earlier, faster and more effective response to humanitarian crises.

OUR APPROACH

Catalysing change for greater impact


When crisis strikes, solutions are all too often late, insufficient, poor quality or absent. We want that to change. We want to see innovation, both radical and incremental, because we want to strengthen the aid system, making it proactive and flexible in its approach and therefore more effective and efficient.

OUR PROJECTS

Developing and testing new humanitarian solutions


We trial new ways of working before introducing them to the field. Innovations we invest in can be taken to scale by our members and their local partners. Support from our members means we have a higher tolerance for risk and can explore opportunities that individual NGOs would not be able to approach by themselves. Below we explain more about the innovations we have launched and ones in development.

Latest news


Blog Post

Insurance, an innovative instrument for managing climate risk?

Start Network's Emily Jones discusses in her in-depth piece how we have the ability to predict climate crises but there is a disconnect between the knowledge that acting earlier is better and the practice of key stakeholders in the way they plan for and respond to these crises.

06Aug18

Resource

How to assess the impact of a Drought Risk Financing facility: A guide

This guide outlines some of the conceptual questions, and practical tools, that can be used to evaluate drought risk financing (DRF) initiatives. It offers a framework for thinking about the impact of drought risk financing, along with risk financing more broadly and the wider general issue of the added value of earlier humanitarian response.

14Nov17

Resource

Drought Financing Facility summary

The purpose of this report is to give an overview of the way the Drought Financing Facility is designed, including two proposed pilots in Zimbabwe and Pakistan.

07Nov17

News Article

Launch of 'innovation labs' to prepare for disasters in four countries

Start Network has launched four new “innovation labs” in Bangladesh, Jordan, Kenya and the Philippines, aimed at finding fresh ways to help local communities prepare for disasters. The move is the first of it's kind initiated by an NGO.

17Oct17

OUR PARTNERS and funders

Helping us catalyse change in the sector


Helping us scope, develop and pilot innovations.

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