The Start Network is a global movement of individuals working in member agencies, as advisors and as contributors, aligned in their efforts to connect people in crises with the best possible solutions.
Our governance is overseen by the Assembly, where representatives from member agencies come together to set the strategic direction. Assembly Members from international NGO families are drawn from the UK branches of those families, and are responsible for communicating with and engaging their international counterparts.
SURGE RESEARCH TEAM:
LOIS AUSTIN, SARAH GROSSO AND GLENN O’NEIL
Start Network members have begun working with Pakistan’s disaster authority to develop a new way of funding preventative action, aimed at helping vulnerable families threatened by drought.
The initiative is the first of its kind involving aid agencies. The planned pilot facility will release funds based on scientific triggers of drought, using insurance tools and principles. Aid agencies would be able to draw on the new source of funding to intervene before the worst effects of a drought are felt, enabling farmers and their families to protect their livestock and other assets.
Aid agencies have begun tackling sudden humanitarian crises involving migrants in the Mediterranean region through a new rapid response fund, financed by aid from the UK government.
Members of the Start Network can now respond to acute need among refugees and other migrants, including thousands who are enduring freezing winter weather, with funding on its way within 72 hours of an alert first being raised.
Typhoon Nock Ten (locally known as Nina) struck the Philippines, making eight landfalls between 25 and 26 December, with gusts of up to 285 km/h and winds of 235 km/h. Affected areas are the Bicol region (Region V), Mimaropa, Calabarzon and Eastern Visayas (Region VIII). Nearly 2 million people were affected and at least three people were killed. 1.4 million of the affected are in Cantanduanes, Albay, and Camerines Sur, in Bicol.
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Humanitarian agencies are increasingly responding to slow-onset crises despite facing many challenges according to a newly released report on surge practices for slow-onset crises.