We are proud to be part of the Start Network which has launched a new charity today. It is a new global network of humanitarian agencies which believes the global aid system needs urgent reform to meet the challenges posed by today’s crises.
Paul Anticoni, World Jewish Relief's chief executive says, "World Jewish Relief celebrates the launch of the Start Network Charity. We have been part of this network for the last 3 years and recognise the importance of it now becoming a standalone charity. Our humanitarian system is incredibly fragile and change needs to occur from within to ensure it can continue to adapt to growing need, local response capabilities, changing finance flows and technology. The Start Network Charity is leading this change and World Jewish Relief is proud to be a part of it."
The new charity aims to transform humanitarian response through innovation, fast funding, early action, and localisation, tackling what it believes are the biggest systemic problems the sector faces. Problems including slow and reactive funding, centralised decision-making, and an aversion to change, means that people affected by crises around the world, do not receive the best help fast enough, and needless suffering results.
You can read more about the launch of the new charity here.
Start Network is made up of more than 40 humanitarian agencies from five continents and is funded by the governments of the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Jersey, and Germany in addition to the World Bank and the IKEA Foundation – which is supporting the Start Network to build the infrastructure needed as an independent charity. The aim is to deliver effective aid, harnessing the power and knowledge of the network to make faster and better decisions to help people affected by crises.
The move to an independent charity means the Start Network can bring in more members and donors, scaling its work further.
Members of Start Network: Action Against Hunger (ACF); ACTED; Action Aid; Adeso; Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA); ARDD-Legal Aid; Cadena; Cafod; Care International; Caritas Bangladesh; Caritas Sri Lanka; Catholic Relief Services (CRS);Christian Aid; Community World Service Asia; Concern Worldwide; Cordaid; Doctors of the World; Dorcas; Goal; Humanity and Inclusion; Help Age International; International Medical Corps; International Rescue Committee (IRC);Islamic Relief Worldwide; Mines Advisory Group; Mercy Corps; Muslim Aid; Oxfam; PARC; Plan International; PROVIDA; Qatar Charity; Relief International; Save the Children; Solidarites International; Tearfund; Trocaire; War Child; Welt Hunger Hilfe; World Jewish Relief; World Vision