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21 Apr 2019 description
report Start Network


The monthly risk briefing provides information on global weather, human and health events where members may consider using the Start Fund Anticipation process.

24 Oct 2018 description
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A revolution in aid: Start Network releases 2017 Annual Report

Start Network, a global network of aid agencies, has today published its first annual report showcasing its collective efforts to revolutionise the humanitarian aid system.

23 May 2018 description
report Start Network

A global fund that provides rapid humanitarian aid for overlooked crises, is marking the second anniversary of the World Humanitarian Summit by sharing the impact of its 4th year, through its new annual report released today.

The Start Fund fills a critical gap in humanitarian financing. It pools funding from donors for immediate release for underfunded small to medium scale crises, spikes in chronic humanitarian crises, and to act in anticipation of impending crises.

22 Jun 2017 description

Crisis overview

Conflict between the Taliban and Afghan security forces in the northern provinces has intensified in the first week of June, especially in Kunduz province. Since the beginning of 2017 12,000 IDPs have been displaced from Kunduz province, the majority to other provinces across Afghanistan, of which over 7,000 were displaced in May. Since January the newly displaced from Kunduz province represent 10% of the total newly displaced population across Afghanistan. IDPs displaced in May made up 49% of Afghanistan’s total displacement.

18 Oct 2016 description

1. Key points

  • According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$289 million of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan so far in 2016.

  • The humanitarian response plan for Afghanistan requests US$339 million and is currently 46% funded at US$156 million.

11 Oct 2016 description

Crisis overview

On 3 October, the Taliban launched an offensive on Kunduz city, the capital of Kunduz province. Fighting has persisted since then, with Afghan government forces retaking some areas. Government troops backed by Afghan special forces and US airstrikes are still conducting ‘clearing operations’ and have yet to recapture the city.

27 Aug 2016 description


Over 101,000 undocumented refugees are estimated to have returned from Pakistan in 2016, and the rate of returns increased significantly in July and the first two weeks of August. Most are returning to Nangarhar, where conflict is ongoing. The undocumented returnees' needs are considered to be high as their status means they are not eligible for assistance, and insecurity hampers access.

24 Mar 2016 description


  • Humanitarian organisations have major concerns for the protection of thousands of refugees and migrants who are now in overcrowded detention facilities on the Greek islands and may soon be returned to Turkey.

  • The system for assessing asylum claims in the Greek islands and mainland is understaffed and inadequate, and there is limited safe and acceptable accommodation to host asylum-seekers pending their decision.

24 Mar 2016 description



These scenarios are a description of situations that could occur in the coming six months, with their associated humanitarian consequences. The aim is to support strategic planning, create awareness, and promote preparedness activities for those responding to this crisis.

See the Methodology section for more information on how these scenarios were developed.


13 Oct 2015 description

Key points

  • According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$281 million of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan so far in 2015.

  • The UN-coordinated emergency response plan for Afghanistan requests US$417 million from donors. According to the FTS, the appeal is currently 49% funded. A further US$78 million has been contributed outside of the appeal to Afghanistan.

13 Oct 2015 description

Crisis Overview

On 28 September, the Taliban launched a major offensive in the northeast, focusing on Kunduz city, the capital of Kunduz province. On 4 October, Taliban forces also attacked Maimana, capital of Faryab province, but were pushed back by Afghan forces with US- led coalition air support. As of 12 October, Afghan forces have reportedly regained control of most of Kunduz, but fighting continues in and around the city.

02 May 2014 description
  1. Key messages
  • The Emergency Response Fund (ERF) is likely to be the first pooled funding source to respond to this crisis with US$2.6 million available. The Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) has also set aside funding of US$2 million to respond to recurrent seasonal flooding.

  • Denmark has released US$74,000 for the response to the flash flooding in the northern provinces.

  • Some domestic and diaspora resources have been mobilised.

02 May 2014 description

Crisis Overview

  • Torrential rains on 24 and 25 April led to flash floods affecting 27 districts in western, northern and northeastern Afghanistan.

  • As of 31 March, 11 provinces (nine in northern Afghanistan) had received between 19% and 55% of long-term average annual rainfall. Some areas received more than 90mm of rain.

  • As of 1 May, 165 people have been killed, 67,000 people affected, and around 16,000 displaced. The three most affected provinces are Jawzjan, Faryab and Sar-e-Pul (Adapted from OCHA, 01/05/2014, PressTV, 01/05/2014):