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18 Oct 2018 description

Over 257,800 people have returned from northeastern Angola to the greater Kasai region of DRC since 1 October. During displacement, DRC nationals have experienced violence and human rights abuses, and many have arrived with almost nothing. Food, medical, protection and shelter interventions are required, as the host communities in greater Kasai were themselves already facing severe food insecurity and a cholera outbreak.

Anticipated scope and scale

21 Aug 2018 description
report Start Network


The monthly risk briefing provides information on global weather, volcanic, human and health events where members may consider using the Start Fund’s Crisis Anticipation Window. It reports on new, emerging or deteriorating situations; therefore, ongoing events that are considered to be unchanged are not featured and risks that are beyond the scope and scale of the Start Fund are also not featured.

03 Aug 2018 description

On 1 August, a new Ebola Virus outbreak was declared in Mabalako health zone, Beni territory, Nord Kivu, when four samples collected from patients suffering from an ‘unknown disease’ tested positive for the virus. So far, 33 cases including 20 deaths (CFR: 60.6%) have been reported, though the latest official press release states 26 cases and 20 deaths as of 28 July. The declaration of this outbreak followed detection of a significant cluster of suspected viral haemorrhagic fever in July in Nord Kivu.

28 Jun 2018 description

1,149 cholera cases (including 92 deaths) have been reported in Kasai Oriental, Sankuru, and Lomami provinces since February, with the outbreak intensifying since June, with over 270 cases reported. This is the second cholera outbreak in Greater Kasai region since the crisis first erupted in August 2016. Kasai was cholera-free since 2004, and these outbreaks are a significant indication of a deteriorating humanitarian situation. Poor WASH and health infrastructure within the context of ongoing insecurity and displacement is exacerbating the fairly quick spread of the disease.

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.

21 May 2018 description
report Start Network

by Laura-Louise Fairley

An outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has spread into the major north-western city of Mbandaka, only 50km from the border with Republic of the Congo, raising fears of a wider epidemic. The Start Fund has responded immediately, awarding £250,000 to Oxfam to undertake a rapid emergency intervention in this remote area of the DRC where they have a long-established presence and the trust of the local community. Oxfam will be responding as part of a wider government-led response to the outbreak.

16 Mar 2018 description

Intercommunal violence between Lendu and Hema communities since December has internally displaced over 100,000 people and led to a severe humanitarian crisis. In a conflict where civilians are being directly targeted, protection of the affected population is a major concern. Thousands of houses have been burned down and livelihood activities, including agriculture, have been disrupted, resulting in significant needs for shelter and food assistance.

Anticipated scope and scale

10 Jan 2018 description


On 18 December 2017 violence escalated in Ituri and Nord Kivu provinces of north-east Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), causing displacement and an increased refugee influx into Uganda. At least 7,185 refugees have crossed into west and southwest Uganda. Refugees are being relocated to Kyangwali settlement and the Malembo C site in Hoima district, and Kyaka II settlement in Kyegegwa district. Cross-sectoral response must be strengthened as humanitarian resources and capacities are strained due to the increase in arrivals.

13 Sep 2017 description
report Start Network


Learning by doing is the best way to learn, so the Protection in Practice project builds local partner capacity by training, mentoring and co-implementing projects with them simultaneously. This means that vulnerable people are helped at the same time as strengthening capacity.

29 Sep 2016 description

On 28 September 2016 we responded to a funding alert for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), raised in response to the high number of South Sudanese refugees entering the country.

As of 22 September, UNHCR had registered some 13,000 South Sudanese refugees, while over 10,000 are still to be registered. Refugee numbers have surpassed humanitarian response capacity in some provinces, and new arrivals are further increasing humanitarian need.

27 Aug 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$323.8 million of humanitarian assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the start of 2016.

  • The United States (US) is the largest donor, committing 41% of the total so far in 2016.

07 Oct 2015 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$342.8 million of humanitarian assistance to the Central African Republic (CAR) since the start of 2015.

  • An additional US$26 million is reported in the media to have been recently pledged, but this has not yet been reported to FTS.

  • The United States (US) is the largest donor, contributing 25% of funding to CAR in 2015 (US$84.8 million).

12 Mar 2015 description
infographic Start Network

Intervention Summary:

In early October 2014, violence erupted in North Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Armed attacks between the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (NALU) in Beni territory caused widespread insecurity and displacement of at least 100,000 civilians. Of those displaced, there were an estimate of 3,800 living in poor conditions in public places in the cities of Oicha and Beni, including churches and schools.

03 Nov 2014 description
report Start Network

A double alert for the Start Fund has resulted in an activation for two simultaneous crises in Somalia and Nigeria. This weekend a project selection committee was convened locally to decide how to spend an envelope of £200K for the flooding in Somalia, while a light-touch process was undertaken by the Start Team to select projects for the cholera outbreak in Nigeria with an envelope of £125K.

22 Oct 2014 description

Key messages

• US$378 million of humanitarian funding has been allocated to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) so far in 2014.

• US$11 million of the 2014 total has been allocated specifically to North Kivu, of which US$1 million went to Beni in June 2014.

• The United States (US), European Commission (EC) and United Kingdom (UK) are the top three humanitarian donors to DRC in 2014, and also feature as the top three between 2012 and 2014.