Client Start Fund

We worked with the Start Fund to explore the quality of partnerships between members and their implementing partners.

The Start Fund is a multi-donor pooled rapid-response fund that initiates disbursement of humanitarian finance within 72 hours. It is collectively owned and managed by Start Network members, a group of 42 national and international aid agencies from five continents. It is designed to fill gaps in the humanitarian funding architecture in three main areas: underfunded small to medium scale crises; forecasts of impending crises; and spikes in chronic humanitarian crises.

We worked closely with the Start Fund’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team to examine how Start Network members identify and maintain partnerships with local actors, the quality of these partnerships at different phases of a crisis, and the ways in which local actors are contributing to the Fund’s activities – from design and decision-making, to implementation, and learning.

Data for the learning review came from Start Fund meeting minutes and project reports, member partnerships agreements, and interviews with member agencies and the local organisations that partner with them. The data was examined against indicators of quality partnership from the Partnership Brokerage Association and the ‘seven dimensions of humanitarian localisation’ from the Start Network.

The report can be downloaded here.