After a successful four years, Start Fund Bangladesh (SFB) has received an additional £1.23 million to continue its lifesaving work across the country.
Funded by the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the Start Fund Bangladesh (SFB) programme will continue to operate under its previous grant custodian, Save the Children UK, and under a new host, Save the Children International in Bangladesh. The programme was previously hosted by Action Against Hunger, who will continue to work with SFB as a member. The grant custodian contract will initially run for 12 months, but there are plans to further extend the Start Fund Bangladesh subject to additional funding becoming available in early 2022.
Since its inception, Start Fund Bangladesh has implemented 73 projects, allocating £6.85m and reaching more than 750,000 of the most vulnerable people from affected communities. It has been held up as a strong example of locally-led humanitarian action that exemplifies some of the commitments around l. In 2020, 80% of SFB's funding went directly to local and national organisations, improving both effectiveness and efficiency.
Start Fund Bangladesh's Country Manager, Sajid Raihan said: "With sincere appreciation to FCDO, we vow to continue our mission as the fastest pooled funding mechanism, to encourage the evolution of this funding mechanism with our members and partners, and to influence the localisation of aid architecture so to better address the humanitarian crises in a timely, collective and transparent manner."
Save the Children's Country Director in Bangladesh, Onno van Manen, said: "Save the Children is thrilled to be hosting the Start Fund Bangladesh team for the next 12 months. Through the work of many of our partners and our own, we are fully aware of the great work of the Start Fund in enabling local and grassroots agencies within Bangladesh to access emergency funding at very short notice. Save the Children continues to work closely with the Start Network in relation to this and other ventures globally and is very proud of our long-term partnership."
Several other donors have expressed interest in supporting Start Fund Bangladesh. If you would like to learn about how to support Start Fund Bangladesh, please email email@example.com
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Available for interview:
- Sajid Raihan, Country Manager, Start Fund Bangladesh | firstname.lastname@example.org | Skype: sajid.raihan1
- Onno van Manen, Country Director, Save the Children in Bangladesh | Onno.VanManen@savethechildren.org | +880 1708485088 | Skype: ovanmanen
Start Network: www.startnetwork.org @startnetwork | Start Network is a global network of non-governmental organisations, made up of more than 50 national and international aid agencies from five continents. Its mission is to create a new era of humanitarian action that will save even more lives through innovation, fast funding, early action, and localisation. Visit our website to see a full list of members.
Start Fund Bangladesh : @StartFundBD | Start Fund Bangladesh is a £10m rapid emergency response fund that was created in 2017 with support from UK Aid. Modelled on the Start Network's successful Start Fund, which activates funding within 72 hours of a crisis alert, it fills a crucial gap in global aid funding. The fund is accessible to both national and international member NGOs operating in Bangladesh to respond early to under the radar emergencies. For more information, visit www.startnetwork.org/start-fund/bangladesh