Summary of learning: Start Fund’s anticipatory response in Burundi

Summary of learning: Start Fund’s anticipatory response in Burundi

23 September 2015

Money exists for disasters, but the system is slow, reactive and inefficient. Intuitively, humanitarians and vulnerable communities know that earlier response is more effective, yet there are very few funding mechanisms that support these activities.

The Start Network is experimenting with ways to positively disrupt this model by using mechanisms (like the Start Fund) that provide early funding in advance of crisis situations rather than waiting until they escalate.

This case study, based on a learning paper produced by Concern Worldwide, examines the Start Fund’s pilot anticipatory activation in response to the risk of election violence in Burundi.

Start Fund projects in Burundi concentrated on preparedness, with the main activity being the prepositioning of Shelter, Hygiene and Non-Food Item (NFI) kits, followed by staff and partner training, assessment and coordination.

Read key recommendations and conclusions from this pilot action by downloading the resource below.

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Concern staff unload prepositioned emergency stocks in Bujumbura, Burundi. Photo taken by Reka Sztopa/Concern Worldwide.

Summary of learning: Start Fund’s anticipatory response in Burundi

Read key recommendations from this early risk response pilot action.