Responding to emergency situations

In July, we reached 8,819 children in need of immediate help in the Central African Republic. We did this in 45 days. START Network's innovative funding mechanism enabled us to deliver this crucial emergency support.

The six-stage mechanism, the 'START Network Alert' system, begins with anticipating a potential crisis; an alert can be raised by an NGO START-member; START then allocates funding for a response.

Proposals for the funding, put forward by NGOs, are considered by a panel and chosen (the response can be led by one NGO, or a mixture of responses provided by several, depending on the crisis). The project is implemented throughout a 45-day time period, and finally an evaluation takes place post-response to identify learnings. 

Crises that START responds to are those that would otherwise not receive sufficient coverage or donor funding—often nothing would be done. Under START, NGOs can collectively decide priorities and respond immediately to where there is an issue.

In July, we, along with the Catholic Relief Service, alerted the START Network of a community that had been displaced by violence in the Central African Republic.

We were able to provide emergency protection to over 8400 children who had been displaced due to fighting in the Alindao area.

This funding meant that War Child was on the ground implementing child protection and education activities—within days—to support internally displaced people (IDP) who had been forced to leave their homes.

Without this funding from START, War Child would not have been able to respond to this crisis situation.

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