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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

A tropical cyclone developed on 16 May in the Gulf of Aden, between Yemen and Somalia, known as Cyclone Sagar. It hit Djibouti on 19 May causing heavy rains and flash floods (OCHA 22/05/2018;

23 May 2018 description

On 19 May, Tropical Cyclone Sagar made landfall in North-western Somaliland bearing winds in excess of 120 km/h and an entire year’s worth of rain (200-300mm) affecting approximately 700,000 people and widespread destruction of property, infrastructure and the loss of livestock (Government of Somaliland 21/05/201; GDACS 19/05/2015; SWALIM 18/05/2018). The cyclone led to flooding that impacted populations previously devastated by droughts and that had not yet recovered, further worsening existing food insecurity. Urgent needs include food, shelter, WASH, and health (OCHA 20/05/2018).

09 May 2018 description

Since the publication of ACAPS Somalia Floods Briefing Note on 3 May 18, significant rainfall has continued in southern and central Somalia (SWALIM, 04/05/2018). The Juba and Shabelle rivers have burst their banks in several locations, leading to rising flood waters in riverine areas. New incidents of flash flooding have also been reported, notably in Muldug region (OCHA 02/05/2018; OCHA 08/05/2018).

In total over 700,000 people have been affected by flooding, including over 228,000 people who have been displaced since mid April (OCHA 08/05/2018).

12 Jun 2017 description


by Hara Caracostas
05 Jun 17

Denmark has launched an emergency relief fund, drawing on the Start Fund’s experience, to allow the country’s grassroots organisations to respond to crises around the world. The Danish Emergency Relief Fund (DERF) is also open to funding for smaller NGOs within countries affected by crisis.

21 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$420.8 million of humanitarian assistance to Somalia since the start of 2016.

  • The United States (US) is the largest donor to Somalia, contributing 19% of total current funding (US$81.8 million).

  • US$12.9 million has been allocated for Somalia from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in 2016, all of which was under the rapid response emergency window.

20 Oct 2016 description


On 7 October, armed violence broke out between forces from Galmudug and Puntland, in Gaalkacyo, the capital of the north-central Mudug region, leaving 11 people killed and dozens injured. As of 13 October, an estimated 50,000 – 70,000 people have been displaced, at least 60% of whom are IDPs facing secondary displacement. The violence erupted in the outskirts of Gaalkacyo at a site where the Puntland government is building a livestock market. A ceasefire was initially agreed on 9 October, but failed to hold. A new ceasefire was agreed on 19 October.

18 May 2016 description

On 18 May 2016 we responded to a funding alert for Somalia, raised in response to floods in the Hiran region. An estimated 3,500 displaced households have been directly affected. An additional 220,000 people living in Beledweyne (up to 36,666 households) are at risk of floods.

24 Mar 2016 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$156.4 million of humanitarian assistance to Somalia since the start of 2016. In 2015, a total of US$608.6 million was committed/contributed.

  • The three largest donors in 2016 so far are the United Kingdom (UK; US$39.0 million), the EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO; US$32.4 million) and Germany (US$16.4 million).

12 Mar 2015 description
infographic Start Network

Intervention Summary:

At the end of October, 2014, heavy rains fell in south-central Somalia in the upper parts of the Shabelle basin along the Somali-Ethiopian border. The Shabelle and Juba rivers overflowed their banks, affected an estimated 50,000 people, many of whom were displaced. Initial assessments showed WaSH, shelter and food needs.

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.

31 Oct 2014 description
  1. Key messages
  • Donors have contributed/committed US$521 million of humanitarian funding to Somalia so far in 2014. None of this funding has been in response to the recent flooding in the country.

  • Donors have contributed/committed US$4.5 million in 2014 for projects that have targeted the Beletweyne District in the Hiran region.

  • So far in 2014, the United States (US) is the top donor to Somalia with contributions/commitments of US$188 million – one third of all humanitarian funding to Somalia this year.

28 Aug 2014 description
report Start Network

Intervention Summary:

Already by June, erratic and delayed rains in the Horn of Africa had left an estimated 2.9 million people in need of food security assistance in Somalia alone. The below average rainfall from the October to December Deyr rains and the delayed April to June Gu rains is leading to two consecutive crop failures. Lack of pasture land and water have put vulnerable populations at high risk of not being able to meet their basic needs or maintain their livelihoods.

18 Jun 2014 description

East of Africa Overview

  • Food security: As of May 2014, nearly 17 million people are in Stressed, Crisis, and Emergency (IPC Phases 2, 3, and 4) acute food insecurity conditions in East Africa. Populations in the higher phases can be found in South Sudan, Sudan, eastern Ethiopia, Djibouti, southern Somalia, and northern Kenya (FEWSNET, 06/2014).

18 Jun 2014 description
  1. Key messages s
  • The Somalia Strategic Response Plan SRP is currently 22% funded; and the Ethiopia Humanitarian Requirements document is 19% funded.

  • US$275m has been reported disbursed to Somalia and US$151m to Ethiopia so far in 2014, very little of this earmarked specifically for the drought affected areas.

  • At the same point last year (2013) the totals were much higher - US$499m for Somalia and US$384m for Ethiopia.