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A new era of humanitarian action


Start Network is made up of more than 50 humanitarian agencies across five continents, ranging from large international organisations to national NGOs. Together, our aim is to transform humanitarian action through innovation, fast funding, early action, and locally led action.

We're tackling what we believe are the biggest systemic problems that the sector faces - problems including slow and reactive funding, centralised decision-making, and an aversion to change, which means that people affected by crises around the world, do not receive the best help fast enough, and needless suffering results.
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Locally-led action


We believe that a more balanced international aid system, which shifts power to those closest to the front-line, will generate more effective and appropriate responses for people affected by crises.

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New froms of financing

New forms of financing


Our pooled funds enable fast and early action to tackle the kind of crises that are often overlooked by other funding mechanisms. Our risk financing pilots are introducing new ways of working that can save even more lives.

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Collective innovation


New ways of working are needed to tackle the challenges we face. By innovating collectively we can share expertise, insights and perspectives to shape a more effective humanitarian system.

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An international network

Today the Start Network extends to more than 50 members and their 7000 partner organisations, employing more than a quarter of a million people across 200 countries and territories.
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A New Model For Governance & Membership In The Network

This session was an opportunity to re-engage with the proposed changes to Start Network's governance and membership structures, in line with our shift towards a distributed model of power and decision making. In particular, this session aimed to address the issues and questions raised by members over the past few months, and present a roadmap for addressing the next set of challenges in the network's development journey.

16Nov21

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Local Start Funds Learning From Start Fund Bangladesh And Start Fund Nepal

This session provided an overview of Start Fund Bangladesh and Start Fund Nepal, and provided a platform for Start Network member and partner organisations to share what they have learned through the development and delivery of local Start Funds.

16Nov21

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How Is The Global Start Fund Enabling Locally led Humanitarian Action

This session looked at the global Start Fund's lessons learnt, particularly focusing on locally-led decision making and enabling humanitarian action (by unlocking access to funding).  It included findings from the localisation pilot and added value of local organisations leading humanitarian action

16Nov21

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Indicadores de exito desde la perspectiva de la comunidad

Esta infografía resume los resultados de dos estudios en los que la Red Start habló directamente con los miembros de la comunidad sobre lo que significa para ellos el éxito de las respuestas de acción temprana.

15Nov21

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