A national Start Fund

Start Fund Bangladesh

Start Network is working towards a decentralised model of national and regional hubs. Hubs will manage their own funds and local and national NGOs will have direct access to funds. The first programme demonstrating this way of working is the Start Fund Bangladesh, which over the course of four years aims to put more support and funding in the hands of national and local responders.

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About Start Fund Bangladesh

Start Fund Bangladesh (SFB) is a £10m rapid emergency response fund that was created in 2017 with support from UK Aid. Modelled on the Start Network’s successful Start Fund, which activates funding within 72 hours of a crisis alert, it fills a crucial gap in humanitarian funding. It is accessible to local, national, and international member non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in Bangladesh to respond early to under the radar emergencies.


SFB was built on the spirit of the Grand Bargain and World Humanitarian Summit commitments. In addition to responding to the country’s many underfunded small to medium-sized crises, it also focuses on enhancing coordination mechanisms; increasing representation of local and national agencies in decision-making fora; strengthening systems through which local/national agencies can access and manage funds; and improving accountability to affected populations.


Since its inception, SFB has purposefully grown from a membership of 20 international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) to include 27 local and national organisations (L/NNGOs), through a comprehensive mapping and due diligence process. As a result, this membership-driven funding mechanism supports humanitarian responses that are participatory, transparent, and accountable to affected communities. It requires diverse humanitarian stakeholders to come together for every crisis, allowing responses to be informed, coordinated, and community-centric.


As of December 2020, Start Fund Bangladesh has been activated 29 times, allocated £6.85 million to reaching 757,475 people with cash, WASH and other supports through its member agencies and their partners.





See all the of the alerts raised to the Start Fund Bangladesh below.

Alerts to the Start Fund Bangladesh

Alerts will show here after an allocation decision has been made. Members, donors and partners must login above to see new alerts. Please note, alerts to the Global Start Fund alerts are available here or on the download button below.

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Alert Alert date Country Crisis type Alert type Status of alert Amount Awarded Agencies Funded
B0-37 Bangladesh (Southern waterlogging ) 26 Oct 2021 - 16:00 Bangladesh Waterlogging Not allocated Read more
B0-36 Bangladesh (Northern Flash Flooding) 26 Oct 2021 - 15:30 Bangladesh Flooding Implementation Read more
519 Bangladesh (Disease Outbreak) 3 May 2021 - 09:00 Bangladesh Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
508 Bangladesh (Fire) 29 Mar 2021 - 09:00 Bangladesh Fire Implementation Read more
B035 Bangladesh (Waterlogging) 19 Sep 2020 - 22:00 Bangladesh Other Implementation Read more
B034 Bangladesh ( Second Wave Flooding) 5 Aug 2020 - 17:00 Bangladesh Flooding Slow onset Implementation Caritas Bangladesh Read more
B033 Bangladesh (Flooding in Sylhet and Sunamganj) 13 Jul 2020 - 11:00 Bangladesh Flooding Rapid onset Implementation Read more
B032 Bangladesh (Flooding in north) 8 Jul 2020 - 17:30 Bangladesh Flooding Slow onset Implementation Islamic Relief Read more
B031 Bangladesh (River Bank Erosion- Kurigram Rowmari and Char Rajibpur) 20 Jun 2020 - 15:30 Bangladesh Flooding Anticipatory Implementation Care International Read more
B029 Bangladesh(Cyclone Amphan) 22 May 2020 - 15:00 Bangladesh Cyclone Rapid onset Implementation Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Solidarites International Read more
B030 Bangladesh(Measles outbreak in Rangamati) 22 May 2020 - 14:00 Bangladesh Disease Outbreak Slow onset Implementation Read more
B028 Bangladesh( COVID 19 Response in Bhola and Cox's Bazar) 10 May 2020 - 14:00 Bangladesh Disease Outbreak Rapid onset Not allocated Read more
B027 Bangladesh (Anticipation of Dengue ) 26 Apr 2020 - 21:00 Bangladesh Other Anticipatory Implementation Read more
B026 Bangladesh(COVID-19 Response) 30 Mar 2020 - 20:00 Bangladesh Disease Outbreak Rapid onset Implementation Read more
B025 Bangladesh (COVID19 Response and Sajek Miseal Outbreak) 30 Mar 2020 - 19:00 Bangladesh Disease Outbreak Slow onset Implementation Read more
B024 Bangladesh (COVID19 Response) 27 Mar 2020 - 02:00 Bangladesh Disease Outbreak Rapid onset Implementation Read more
B023 Bangladesh (Fire incident at Rupnagar-Shialbari Slum, Dhaka) 13 Mar 2020 - 19:30 Bangladesh Fire Rapid onset Not allocated Read more
B022 Bangladesh (Fire Incident-Banani T and T Slum) 9 Feb 2020 - 19:00 Bangladesh Fire Rapid onset Implementation Read more
B021 Bangladesh (Fire Incidents in Chattogram Slums) 5 Feb 2020 - 18:00 Bangladesh Fire Rapid onset Reporting Caritas Bangladesh Read more
B020 Bangladesh(Fire Response -Mirpur) 28 Jan 2020 - 19:00 Bangladesh Fire Rapid onset Reporting Read more
B019 Bangladesh (Cyclone Bulbul) 11 Nov 2019 - 15:00 Bangladesh Cyclone Rapid onset Reporting £248,624 Caritas Bangladesh Read more
B018 Bangladesh (Riverbank Erosion-Chandpur) 27 Oct 2019 - 16:30 Bangladesh Other Rapid onset Reporting £39,495 ActionAid Read more
B017 Bangladesh (Flooding and River Erosion) 13 Oct 2019 - 18:00 Bangladesh Flooding Slow onset Not allocated Read more
B016 Bangladesh (Fire Incident) 19 Aug 2019 - 19:00 Bangladesh Fire Rapid onset Reporting £102,625 Caritas Bangladesh Read more
B015 Bangladesh (Flooding - Sirajganj and Bogura) 23 Jul 2019 - 18:00 Bangladesh Flooding Slow onset Reporting £150,000 Action Against Hunger (ACF) Read more


Latest news and resources

News Article

New locally led coalition in Bangladesh launching in partnership with the Share Trust and Start Network

Local and national NGOs in coastal Bangladesh have come together to form the  Sundarban Coalition.



Start Network Quarterly Learning Brief - Q4 (BN)

স্ার্ট ননরওয়াল্্টর ২০২১ সালের নশষ তরিমারসল্র (র্উ৪) প্রধান প্রধান রশষোগুলোর সংরষেপ্ত রিিরণ এই তরিমারস্ রশখন সারসংলষেলপ (ন্ায়ার্টাররে োরন্টং ররেফ – র্উএেরি) ত়ুলে ধরা হয়। সারা িের জ়ুলড নশয়ার ্রা রশষোসমূহ এরালত সং্রেত ্রা হয় এিং প্রেম, রবিতীয় ও তৃতীয় তরিমারসল্ (এখালন র্উ১’র্ রশখন সারসংলষেপ পড়ুন) (এখালন র্উ২’র্ রশখন সারসংলষেপ পড়ুন) (এখালন র্উ৩’র্ রশখন সারসংলষেপ পড়ুন) এরা সরিরাহ ্রা হয়।


News Article

New funding for Start Fund Bangladesh to continue its lifesaving work

After a successful four years, Start Fund Bangladesh has received an additional £1.23 million from the UK's FCDO to continue its lifesaving work across the country.


Blog Post

CASE STUDY: How Start Fund Bangladesh supported a local NGO's growth and sustainability

In 2020, Start Fund Bangladesh (SFB) conducted an Organisational System Strengthening Initiative (OSSI) facilitated by an external consultant. This initiative took a participatory approach in assisting six of SFB’s local members to identify gaps in the operating functions of their respective organisations. Bolipara Nari Kalyan Somity (BNKS) was one of these organisations. It is a women-led organisation that has been operating in Chittagong Hill Tracks of southeastern Bangladesh since 1991.  


Blog Post

Bangladesh: Local organisation Jago Nari supports farmers during COVID-19 pandemic

When Bangladesh went into lockdown at the end of March 2020, many families were apprehensive about how they would earn a living. Although the government responded quickly by introducing economic stimulus packages, and support for vulnerable and low-income families, it wasn't enough to meet all of the need. One group that was initially left without adequate support were marginal farmers, who make up more than 75% of the country’s total farmer population.



Development of Mechanism for Accountability to the Affected Population in Rapid Response (Bangla)

Humanitarian actors play an important role in disaster response in Bangladesh. As such, their decisions and actions can have a profound effect on the daily lives of disaster affected people. However, the accountability framework being used by different humanitarian agencies are different and to some extent inadequate to hold humanitarian agencies accountable to the affected people in rapid response. Affected people lack an effective voice in the decision-making process of the humanitarian agencies. Hence, new tools and mechanisms are needed at the local and national level to make the humanitarian actors more accountable to affected people and communities.



Development of Mechanism for Accountability to the Affected Population in Rapid Response (English)

Humanitarian actors play an important role in disaster response in Bangladesh. As such, their decisions and actions can have a profound effect on the daily lives of disaster affected people. However, the accountability framework being used by different humanitarian agencies are different and to some extent inadequate to hold humanitarian agencies accountable to the affected people in rapid response. Affected people lack an effective voice in the decision-making process of the humanitarian agencies. Hence, new tools and mechanisms are needed at the local and national level to make the humanitarian actors more accountable to affected people and communities.



Start Fund Handbook - Bangla

This handbook details the procedures which govern the use and allocation of the Start Fund.


Blog Post

Start Fund Bangladesh leads the way on locally-led humanitarian action

In a recent Desk Review on Enhancing the Potential of Pooled Funds for Localisation (September 2020) conducted by the Grand Bargain Workstream 2 on Localisation, Start Fund Bangladesh (SFB) was held up as a strong example of locally-led humanitarian action that exemplifies some of the commitments set out in the Grand Bargain. SFB’s transformative model shows that it is possible to have a more proactive, efficient and locally-led humanitarian sector.


Blog Post

How Start Fund Bangladesh has influenced national practices to improve humanitarian action

Humanitarian coordination in Bangladesh involves a large number of stakeholders and forums, and a complex system of government committees that relate to disaster management actors, clusters, working groups, NGOs and INGOs. To be successful, this system needs to be responsive and adaptive to the local needs and contexts, well-coordinated and to ensure active participation of local and national actors. This is where Start Fund Bangladesh (SFB) fits in. Here are some examples where SFB has facilitated or lead changes within the humanitarian system in Bangladesh.


Blog Post

Sharing of Indirect Cost Recovery as a commitment to localisation

Start Fund Bangladesh, since its inception in 2017, has been advocating to change the deep-rooted partnership practices that hinder localisation commitments, one of which is the equal sharing of ICR. Although changes were not reflected initially, in 2019 a few Start Fund Bangladesh INGO members started negotiating with their head offices and became successful in ensuring a share of ICR went to their local partners. 



LEARN about Start Fund Bangladesh

Start Network’s first virtual Assembly meeting took take place from Monday 12 to Thursday 15 October 2020, alongside our 10-year anniversary celebrations. Watch the recording of the session on Start Fund Bangladesh and access all the learning materials below.


Blog Post

Start Fund Bangladesh: COVID-19 Chapter

Using local membership strength of a pooled funding mechanism to extend humanitarian support during a pandemic.


Blog Post

The case for localisation amidst COVID-19

COVID-19 has caused massive disruption to large-scale national and international mobilisation. Reduced international travel and the lockdown of stations, ports, borders, transportation and supply lines has disrupted the operations of many INGOs, making it virtually impossible to deploy surge capacities. As a result, many local organisations have been forced to step up and carry out locally coordinated responses to this pandemic.


Blog Post

COVID-19 Resilient Village in Bangladesh

Shonnasgacha is a small village of Keshobpur Upazila of Jashore district where 210 families live in a 1.5 sq. km area. While the country was waking up to the COVID-19 threat in the early stages of the lockdown, the locals of Shonnasgacha village took measures to protect themselves.


Blog Post

How FOREWARN's prediction on dengue fever enabled Start Fund Bangladesh members to act early

On 28th March 2020, Start Fund Bangladesh, the national fund for the Start Network, activated its first alert in response to predictions made by the national Forecast-based Warning, Analysis and Response Network (FOREWARN). 



Using Standing Operating Procedures (SOP) for Humanitarian Responses During a Pandemic

Start Fund Bangladesh developed standing operating procedures (SOP) after taking stock of current happenings and in-depth discussion with donors and humanitarian leaders. The SOP targeted safety measures at multiple levels to ensure the ultimate prevention of transmission at the community level. Some of these included: Tracking physical health of staff and volunteers throughout the project period; In addition, all personnel involved in the project needed access to personal protective gear (masks and sanitizers) Adopting new practices at the organisational level: providing accommodation facilities to staff and volunteers if needed; giving compensatory allowances to those working in direct response; increasing organisational cleanliness as per WHO standards Following strict guidelines during response and: distributing relief items through door-to-door delivery and drawing distant circles.


Blog Post

How indirect cost recovery is supporting the development of local and national organisations

​One of the ways that Start Fund Bangladesh is shifting more power to local organisations is by ensuring they have more access to funding for operations costs, otherwise known as the Indirect Cost Recovery (ICR) method, this enables them to improve and develop.


Blog Post

Essential support to under-the-radar crises in Bangladesh

We share some stories on the unique space that this Start Fund Bangladesh holds in providing essential support to under-the-radar crises.  


Blog Post

Shifting the power: Start Fund Bangladesh in action

“It's a great example of localisation, the local NGOs have access to funds, mutual learning opportunity and ensured collective efforts for national and international organisations”


Blog Post

The Start Fund Bangladesh makes progress in localisation

Start Fund Bangladesh is demonstrating how localisation makes aid more effective and efficient. People in need are receiving help 10 days faster and operational costs have been halved.


Blog Post

Start Fund Bangladesh makes a direct award to a local NGO

In June 2019, Start Fund Bangladesh made its first national disbursement to a local NGO. This signifies a major step forward in the Start Networks localisation commitments, allowing funds to go directly to the organisation best placed to provide assistance, with major cost and time savings.


Blog Post

Learn at the 2018 Assembly: DEPP Innovation Labs

WNow that we have fostered innovations in our four Innovation labs, what are the next steps to take these inventions up into global scales?


Blog Post

Learn at the 2018 Assembly: Start Fund Bangladesh

Since May 2017, there have been 8 activated alerts in Bangladesh, with disbursements totalling £2.1 million.


News Article

Islamic Relief helps survivors of Bangladesh floods

Islamic relief has been working in consortium with Start Network Members Save the Children and Concern Worldwide, to implement a rapid response to floods which hit Bangladesh in early June.


News Article

Local leadership and collaboration, helping people when there is no other support

When a fire ripped through Ellias Mollah, a ‘slum’ in Dhaka, the Start Fund Bangladesh provided help when there was no other support, meaning the people in Ellias Mollah who lost their homes, could quickly access cash to rebuild, and did not have to move away from their job and livelihoods.


Blog Post

How do we help the world's poorest populations become sustainably resilient? Cash

Michaela Larson says the answer to how we can help the world’s poorest populations become more resilient following a crisis, is an obvious one – we give them cash.  


Blog Post

How the Start Fund is responding to deadly flooding across South Asia

Last week, while many were focused on the devastating landslides in Sierra Leone, elsewhere more than 16 million people were affected by deadly flooding in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Start Network’s Melina Koutsis discusses.



Going the extra mile: Bangladesh Localisation Review

In order to establish a baseline on the state of localisation in the Start Fund and humanitarian sector in Bangladesh more generally, the Start Fund Bangladesh commissioned this external review.



The Start Fund, Start Network and Localisation

Localisation is a foundational and non-negotiable principle within the Start Network. This report presents a ‘baseline assessment’ of where the Start Fund and three DEPP projects currently sits with the‘localisation agenda’.


News Article

Start Network launches new framework for localisation

The Start Network has published a new framework for localisation which aims to provide a practical structure to improve the position of local organisations within international aid. The framework is part of an independent review into localisation of the Start Fund and other Start Network initiatives. Responding to the review, the Start Network has committed to “drive a holistic and transformative approach to localisation”.



Start Evolves Video: Emily Montier on the Family of Financing Facilities

The Start Network’s vision is a humanitarian system in which funding will be dependable and predictable, responses are based on humanitarian need and context-appropriate. For this to become reality, the Start Network needs to evolve into a global, decentralised 'network of networks'.


News Article

Start Fund Bangladesh: first use of new country fund

Thousands of families left homeless when Cyclone Mora hit Bangladesh are to be helped in the first crisis response by the new country-based Start Fund. Most of those to be assisted are Rohingya refugees, who had previously fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar.


News Article

Start Fund Bangladesh ready to respond to an in-country crisis

Start Network’s new Bangladesh national fund, Start Fund Bangladesh, is ready for its first crisis alert in a significant development for the humanitarian system


News Article

Bangladesh emergency response fund set up by Start Network

The Start Network is setting up a £10 million rapid response fund, which will respond early and fast to under the radar emergencies in Bangladesh.


Blog Post

Creating a Start Fund in Bangladesh

Start Network's Annemarie Poorterman tells us more about her work to set up a national version of the Start Fund in Bangladesh.



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