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15 Nov 2017 description
report Start Network

by Amrina Rana

Violence in the Rakhine State, Myanmar, which began on 25th August 2017, has driven an estimated 537,000 Rohingya across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The speed and scale of the influx has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency. The Disasters and Emergency Preparedness Programme (DEPP) has been actively involved in responding to the Rohingya crisis.

25 Sep 2017 description
report Start Network

Crisis overview

As of 22 September, an estimated 429,000 Rohingya people have arrived in Bangladesh since 25 August (IOM 22/09/2017). Rohingya started fleeing northern Rakhine, Myanmar as the Myanmar Army is carrying out crackdown operations in the area.

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.

21 Apr 2017 description
report Start Network

Emergency aid will be able to reach communities in Bangladesh more quickly through a new local crisis response fund set up by a global network of aid agencies.

The £10 million Start Fund Bangladesh, designed to enabled aid agencies to respond early and fast to under-the-radar emergencies, has been set up by the Start Network and is funded by the UK government.

From this month (April) it can activate funding within 72 hours of receiving a crisis alert, and is accessible to national and international Start Network member NGOs within Bangladesh.

23 May 2016 description

On 21 May, around midday local time (0600 GMT), Tropical Cyclone Roanu made landfall along the southern coastal districts of Bangladesh, bringing heavy rain, winds of up to 88km/h, and storm surges of up to 2m (AFP 21/05/2016).

05 Aug 2015 description

Key points

  • According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ( OCHA ) ’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), d onors have committed/contributed US $110.6 million of humanitarian assistance to the country since the start of 2015.

02 May 2014 description

Key messages

  • US$71.4 million has been reported as disbursed to Myanmar so far in 2014 .

  • This includes a recent CERF allocation of US$5.5 million .

  • Further unreported funds allocated by the UK and Australia of US$2 million each (tbc).

  • There is no publicly available current UN appeal (Strategic Response Plan) for 2014 for Myanmar in general, or Kachin specifically.

  • The Kachin conflict in Myanmar was ranked by ECHO as the top forgotten crisis .

02 May 2014 description

Crisis Overview

  • On 10 April fighting broke out between government forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in southern Kachin State.

  • Conflicting figures are reported regarding the number of displaced. The Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), KIA’s political wing, claims that more than 10,000 people have been displaced. The Government has not confirmed this figure. Local aid groups reported on 21 April displacement of over 5,000 people during the first week of the conflict. An estimated 1,000 children are among the newly displaced.