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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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The Start Fund: Value and Uniqueness in a Shifting Humanitarian Funding Environment

The Start Fund is the first multi-donor pooled humanitarian funding mechanism, managed exclusively by international and national non-governmental organisations (INGOs/NNGOs). As its membership has expanded, the frequency of alerts has risen, tools and systems have improved, governance has been restructured, and evidence and learning pro-cesses have been strengthened. In its sixth year of operation, by August 2020 the Start Fund had awarded over £71m and demand was seen to be at an all-time high. Past independent evaluations of the Start Fund and its performance have concluded that it is a successful and unique funding mechanism that has added significant value to, and has great potential to reform, the humanitarian financing system.

15Oct21

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Local Organisations’ Reflections on Partnerships with Start Network

In 2020, Start Network conducted a survey of 98 local and national organisations (75 men and 23 women from 32 countries) that had previously partnered with Start Network or a Start Network member. The objective of the survey was to better understand the ways in which the partnerships were working. The survey aimed to identify the challenges and opportunities for collaborative and equal partnerships between Start Network and Start Network members with local partners. This research and its recommendations will be beneficial to people and organisations working with or developing partnerships with local organisations in the humanitarian sector. It also highlights specific areas of learning for Start Network to work on internally. Ninety-four percent of local partners felt the interaction was either ‘very positive’ or ‘positive’, however, the majority (86%) also felt there was more Start Network or Start Network members should be doing to build a stronger relationship. Read the Executive Summary in Bangla, French, Indonesian, Spanish, and Urdu

15Oct21

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موجز التعلم ربـع السنوي لألدلة والتعلم يوليو – سبتم

موجز التعلم ربــع السنوي للأدلة والتعلم The brief is provided in Arabic, Bangla, English, French and Spanish.

14Oct21

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Las Organizaciones Locales Reflexionan Sobre sus Asociaciones con Start Network

En 2020, Start Network llevó a cabo una encuesta entre 98 organizaciones locales y nacionales (75 hombres y 23 mujeres de 32 países) que se habían asociado previamente con Start Network o con un miembro de Start Network. El objetivo de la encuesta era comprender mejor el funcionamiento de las asociaciones. La encuesta pretendía identificar los retos y las oportunidades de las asociaciones de colaboración e igualdad entre los miembros de Start Network y los socios locales. El 94 % de los socios locales consideró que la interacción fue “muy positiva” o “positiva”, sin embargo, la mayoría (86 %) también consideró que había más cosas que Start Network o los miembros de Start Network deberían hacer para construir una relación más fuerte. Lea el resumen ejecutivo en bangla, francés, indonesio, inglés y urdu

14Oct21

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