DAKAR, 6 November 2013 (IRIN) - In 2010, prominent UK-based international NGOs joined forces to manage an emergency rapid response fund (ERF), which aimed to provide quicker, more cost-effective, impartial aid directly to local NGOs. The results of this effort were irrefutably positive. But since then, donors have been slow to commit further funding. Given this, can the Start Fund herald a new NGO funding model?

The 2010 fund worked like this: the UK Department for International Development (...

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