24/06/2016During the summer of 2015, DfID funding to the European refugee crisis was primarily channelled through UNHCR. For other bilateral and multilateral donors, humanitarian funding was limited by both administrative and political constraints (with regard to the disbursement of funds in EU Member State territories, and UK asylum policy). With a continuous flow of migrants attempting to cross Europe, and with winter approaching, DfID allocated £16 million through the Start Network to help meet basic refugee needs in five countries along the migration route. DfID took advantage of an existing Memorandum of Understanding with the Start Network (signed with Save the Children on 17 December 2014) in order to expand the funding available to NGOs in their current response. The Start Network proposed to DfID to use its collective mechanism to set up a response based on the Collaborative Response model: the European Refugee Response (ERR). The ERR collaborative response was the third led by the Start Network since the beginning of 2015. DfID specified the inclusion of Start Network members as well as non-members in the response.