Advocacy at Start Network

A bold vision to transform
the humanitarian system

Concern Worldwide

We are at the beginning of a defining decade. The upcoming years are critical to accomplish some ambitious international goals, such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the World Humanitarian Summit Grand Bargain commitments. 


We are also at the edge of making some turning points for the preservation of human kind and truly tackle climate change by honouring the commitments of the Paris Agreement.


Humanitarian action needs radical transformation in the form of new models, new mechanisms and new centres of gravity to meet the humanitarian challenges of today and of the future. 


Start Network represents a diverse network and demonstrates what the next generation of humanitarian action could and should be. 


We have over 10 years of experience, learning from our work that has included innovative pilots and global programmes at scale that focus on new forms of financing for proactive response, locally led humanitarian action and collective innovation. Our advocacy efforts aim to help us tackle 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.




Our advocacy priorities


Our advocacy work is driven by our programmes: 


  • Locally led action - we are advocating to shift power and decentralising decision-making to locally-led networks and organisations. 
  • Anticipatory action - we are advocating to create a global humanitarian financing system that is increasingly focused on reducing risk, anticipating and acting ahead of predictable crises. 
  • Collective innovation - we are advocating for more support to communities to develop innovative solutions to humanitarian problems.


Our advocacy work is informed by Start Network’s 2021-2023 strategy which can be read here.  


Our advocacy asks


  • Commit and build a more power-balanced system by shifting resources and decision-making to the frontlines. Shift power to those closer to the frontline, including southern-based organisation and affected communities, for more appropriate, effective and timely outcomes.
  • Work with us to shift humanitarian aid funding from reactive to proactive within our own network and the contexts where we work.


Start Network at COP26

Our work and resources

Anticipatory action

Locally led action

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