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The guidance below for Start Network members has been designed to explain how the Start Fund works and support in the drafting of alerts, including anticipation alerts.

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The Start Fund mechanism is built on “alerts” being raised to the Fund. This is simply when a Member or group of Members identify a crisis that they think is fit for Start Funds.

From this point – an alert cycle begins – where information is shared and decisions are made on whether to release Funds, and if so, which projects to select.

This all happens in 72 hours.

The guidance below for Start Network members has been designed to explain how the Start Fund works and support in the drafting of alerts, including anticipation alerts.

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Start Network Quarterly Learning Brief - Q4 (English)

This quarterly learning brief (QLB) summarises some of Start Network’s key learning from the last quarter (Q4) of 2021. It completes the learning shared across the year and provided in Q1, Q2 and Q3.

21Jan22

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HOW CAN START FUND BANGLADESH DO MORE TO ENSURE: EFFECTIVE RESPONSES, SHARED LEARNING & POWER SHIFTS?

In 2019, Start Fund Bangladesh opened up its membership to 26 local and national organisations enabling them to access direct funding and become involved in decision-making around funding and responses. As a direct result, 80% of all Start Fund Bangladesh funding had been awarded directly to local and national organisations in 2020. This directive to shift the power has also been explored in other ways. For example, Start Fund Bangladesh has also been working to encourage INGOs who have local implementing partners to share overhead costs so that these can be used to grow and strengthen local organisations. To understand more about further changes that Start Fund Bangladesh could make, we listened to some of the reflections of Sina Chowdhury and Sirajul Islam who work for two of the local organisations that joined in 2019. The verbatim quotes from the interviews provide a powerful and rich narrative around their experience working with Start Fund Bangladesh and as humanitarians and have led us to formulate three main lessons for the Start Network: BE MORE INCLUSIVE TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE; UPSKILL TO EMPOWER; and CHAMPION FOR CHANGE. This report would be of interest to all those working towards a system change to a more locally led humanitarian system that is more accountable to those affected by crisis.

03Dec21

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What Is Start Ready and How Does It Fit Into The Financing Facility

This session introduced Start Ready, a new financial service for the humanitarian sector that will use climate science, risk protection mechanisms, and financial best practice to protect more people against predictable disasters worldwide. Start Ready will sit alongside the Start Fund in Start Network's financing facility. 

16Nov21

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Outcomes from the Crisis Response and Resilience Lab course

Recently the Start Network partnered with Complexity University and Global Fund for Community Foundations offering organisations a unique opportunity to take part in a radical experimental intiative. Global teams engaged in an intensive course looking at how we can work together to transform the humanitarian aid sector from the ground up. In this session, we presented the outcomes from the Crisis Response Resilience Lab and showcased some of the teams experiments and lessons from the innovation course.

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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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.

27Apr21

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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.

27Apr21

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Start Fund Handbook - Bangla

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

23Apr21

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Quarterly Learning Brief: Jan-Mar 2021

This new quarterly one-page brief summarises some of Start Network’s key learning from January to March of 2021. The brief talks through the key learning takeaways and provides links to more detailed reports. It focuses on Ways of working: how can we improve our evidence and learning? Programmes: what to consider when implementing programmes and What we want to learn more about. The brief is provided in English, Spanish and French. 

09Apr21

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Start Fund handbook

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

24Jun20

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COVID19 Learning from four disease outbreak responses

At Start Network we always aim to learn from experience. So, we have endeavoured to analyse the data and information from past Start Fund responses in order to present a set of lessons for COVID-19 projects.

16Apr20