2020 has been a difficult year for communities around the world. The year reinforced the need for highly contextual local solutions to humanitarian problems and increased the need for proactivity, flexibility and speed in disaster management. In 2020, Start Network stepped up its support to communities, while demonstrating and advocating for change across the global humanitarian system. Our 2020 Annual Report shows what the network has achieved in 2020, it covers three areas; action carried out locally, collective innovation and new forms of financing.
Some highlights include:
– We started the incubation of five national and regional hubs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, India, the Pacific region and Pakistan. These hubs now access funds and work with us on risk finance and innovation programs.
– We approved 5 and inducted 12 other new members in the network. 14 of these are local and national NGOs, bringing our total diverse membership to 55 civil society organizations.
– We have provided £ 35.8million in emergency funds to our members, reaching 9million people across six continents through our Global Start Fund, Start Fund Bangladesh, Start Fund COVID-19, Migration Emergency Response programs Fund, ARC Replica and DRF Pakistan.
– We organized our first virtual assembly and AGM, and organized 36 sessions over four days for 350 registered member participants in 61 countries.
– As part of our anniversary, we marked a decade of positive disruption at Start Network and celebrated inspiring change makers from across the industry.
– Internally, we have grown the team by almost a third, focusing on equity, diversity and inclusion in our recruitments, speaking openly about difficult issues such as racism and colonialism, and by committing ourselves to the well-being of the staff. The impressive accomplishments documented in this annual review are testament to the power of shared vision and collective action.