Sarah Barr

StartNetwork, Research and Learning advisor – Crisis anticipation and risk financing

Sarah Barr is a learning and evaluation specialist for crisis anticipation and risk financing at the Start Network. The Start Network is a Network of over fifty humanitarian organisations globally focused on reforming the humanitarian system. Her work is focused on building the evidence base for early and trigger-based humanitarian programmes, and creating tools and approaches to push the quality of civil society owned disaster risk financing programmes. She has conducted learning and impact studies for a early actions across a range of hazards and geographies including Pakistan, Mongolia, Timor-Leste, Malawi. She is currently focused on building tools for quality assurance of disaster risk financing systems, with a focus on mainstreaming key cross-cutting issues including gender and accountability to affected populations.

Prior to that she worked for the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement on monitoring and learning, and for a range of NGOs. Her academic background is social anthropology, international relations and conflict studies.