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Start: Working differently, 9 – 13 June 2014

May 13, 2014

Exploring new business models for devolved humanitarian response


This week of events will launch new ways of working for the Start Network by providing the space to make bold decisions which will shape the future of the Network’s contribution to humanitarian response.

In February 2014 The Start Network member agencies agreed a collective vision that will shape a humanitarian system which is diverse, decentralised and collaborative. Since then, the consortium has secured up to £56 million of funding to design and develop its work. This week brings key influencers, decision makers and stakeholders together to make the decisions which will start to realise the vision. The focus of the week will be on the growth of the Start Network over the next year.

The week is kindly hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Full list of events:

When Event Title Event Description Who will be attending?
9 June

10:00 – 17:00

Start Network General Assembly Establishing The Start Network’s first General Assembly of member agencies to embed the agreed new governance structure and set priorities for the week ahead. This event will be attended by senior representatives of the 19 Start Network members (current Board members).
9 June

from 18:30

Start Network Donor Forum: Start Donor Roundtable Dinner The Start Network invites current and prospective donors to join a strategic discussion about the incentive structures of the current humanitarian financing architecture, and about the potential contribution the Start Fund can make. The Start Fund members will be seeking advice about the strategic use and evolution of the Start Fund. The performance of the fund to date will be reviewed. Current and prospective Start Network donors; key representatives from the Start Network   membership, and external advisors
10 June

10:00 – 12:00

Start Network Donor Forum: Start Donor Advisory Group meeting
11 June

10:00 – 17:00

Start Network Annual Conference This event will bring together a unique delegation of Start stakeholders to debate and set a recommended direction for the growth of the Start Network over the coming year.This is a conference that makes decisions and this delegation of 100 stakeholder representatives will draft and agree a number of propositions including (but not restricted to):

    • Global fundraising strategy
    • Membership expansion in light of this strategy
    • The role of the Start Network in supporting decentralised funding mechanisms.

Everyone will then be invited to join the evening public debate as hosts.

100 stakeholder representatives including key influencers from the 19 member agencies (CEOs and Programme Directors, Policy and External Affairs   representatives), current and prospective donors and leading thinkers from the sector
11 June

from 18:30

Public Debate: ‘Future of NGOs’ The second public event in the Start Network ‘Future of NGOs’ series, focussing on the business model for humanitarian action. Ignite presentations and leading speakers will create a challenging, interactive and energetic environment for the ensuing discussion. This event is open to all. Sign up here.
12 June

10:00 – 12:00

Start Network CEO meeting In light of the decisions taken in the conference on the previous day, Start Network member Chief Executives will set the framework and boundaries for the growth of the Network over the coming year and ratify the new governance structure. CEOs of the 19 Start Network member agencies
13 June

10:00 – 14:00

Start Network Executive Board meeting Start: Working differently will end with six elected Humanitarian Directors forming the new Executive Board to discuss and agree an implementation strategy for new governance structure, setting the agenda for the year ahead. The newly elected Start Network Executive Board members

Please note, joining papers will be sent to attendees two weeks prior to the event.