World Humanitarian Summit


In a more turbulent and uncertain world, people everywhere desire the ability to respond to the suffering of their neighbours in times of humanitarian crises. Today’s escalating and changing humanitarian needs demand a much bigger, whole-of-society approach. A common NGO position for the Grand Bargain at the World Humanitarian Summit would describe a 21st Century humanitarian system which would enable every humanitarian to make a contribution.

The World Humanitarian Summit offers an incredibly important and unique opportunity to bring much-needed change to a sector facing tremendous challenges. The Start Network aims to use this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a route for change, to explore the concrete actions that we must take to transform humanitarian response, and to ultimately ensure that we connect people in crisis to the best possible solutions.

This is our Grand Bargain with the Future.


Read the Start Network’s commitments being taken to the World Humanitarian Summit.

Join the Start Network at WHS

Find the Start Team on exhibition stand number 76 in the Istanbul Congress Centre
And in the Innovation Marketplace on stand number 13


Start Network representatives will also be speaking at four events:

Sean Lowrie will be speaking at the Plenary
Tuesday 24 May

The Power of Insurance, Forecast-Based Action and Recovery Finance
13:00-14:30, Monday 23 May
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Time to collaborate: Enabling local leaders
15:00-16:30, Monday 23 May
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The Insurance Development Forum
11:00-12:30 on Tuesday 24 May
Read more.


Sean Lowrie on our Grand Bargain with the Future.



Sean Lowrie on the Start Fund enabling faster, locally-led humanitarian responses.