News, events and debate
Below you'll find all our stories about Bond and the UK international development sector.
Members' news pulls in the latest headlines from a selection of our members.
Showcasing and debating key issues, emerging topics, news for the UK international development sector, The Networker is our quarterly magazine, free both to download and to read online.
UK confirms it will reach 0.7% aid target in 2013
In the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement released on 5 December, the Government reconfirmed that it will reach its target to spend 0.7% of national income on aid in 2013.
Bond Disability and Development Group holds parliament event
To celebrate the UN International Day for Persons with Disabilities, the Bond Disability and Development Group held an event in parliament attended by MPs, peers, members of the International Development Select Committee and the Parliamentary under Secretary of State for International Development, Lynne Featherstone MP.
Panorama investigation into the Global Fund
Tonight's Panorama programme ‘Where’s Our Aid Money Gone?’ will focus on the Global Fund, the international financing mechanism that fights AIDS, TB and Malaria.
The challenge with exempting charities from the lobbying bill
The right to campaign sits at the very heart of our democracy. Bond members have a rich history of bringing people together to campaign on important issues facing our world. Many work on issues or seek to support groups that are often overlooked or marginalised in policy debates. It is crucial that these organisations have the freedom to use their knowledge and expertise to shape and challenge public policy.
The Bond International Development Awards
The recently launched Bond awards seek to highlight and publicly acknowledge the hidden stories behind Bond members’ work – inspiring stories that illustrate their contribution to positive change and improved practice in pursuit of sustainability and development.
Lobbying bill: have your say
Does your organisation undertake campaigning or advocacy work around elections in the UK, or do you plan to in the future? If so, please have your say at one of the consultation sessions that the Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement are hosting next week.
Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines from 8 November 2013, killing an estimated 10,000 people and leaving 600,000 more displaced. 9.8 million people now need urgent aid.
Bond's 2013 conference was declared to be "insightful, thought-provoking and innovative" and "hugely interesting" by delegates.
Lobbying bill paused
After a groundswell of pressure from NGOs and campaigning groups the government has agreed to pause the lobbying bill in the Lords until mid-December to give ministers time to consult and rethink plans to regulate non-party campaigning.
Bond joins the IATI steering committee
Bond are proud to be joining Transparency International, Publish What You Fund and the Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness as the newest civil society representative on the International Aid Transparency Initiative Steering Committee. The committee is the body that makes decisions about IATI's strategic direction - members include many of the largest multilateral and bilateral donors, plus partner country government representatives.
Effectiveness: new team, fresh design
Bond has a great new team, fresh designs and ambitious plans for supporting NGOs to be more effective in planning, delivering, measuring and communicating their impact.
Conference fully booked
Ticket sales have ended for Bond's 2013 conference. For those who are already booked, it promises to be an amazing day. An ambitious and exciting programme will tackle some of the big picture issues and explore key trends in development.
Civil society reports on concerns with lobbying bill
Bond welcomes the Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement’s report on Part 2 of the lobbying bill which strongly recommends that Part 2 of the bill be paused to allow time for proper consultation and consideration.
European aid to poor countries is stalling two years ahead of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals deadline, according to the 2013 Aidwatch report, published today.
World Disasters Report
The responsible use of technology offers concrete ways to make humanitarian assistance more effective, efficient and accountable and can, in turn, directly reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience, according to the World Disasters Report 2013.
NGOs invited to share lobbying bill concerns
A diverse coalition of prominent charities, campaign groups, academics, think tanks and online networks has launched an independent commission in response to concerns about the lobbying bill.
It is two years since the birth of a new kind of development partnership in Busan. This partnership included and valued the voices of all development stakeholders. Today, the steering committee of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation is meeting in Washington.
Lobbying bill rally
Hundreds of people will attend the Rally for Freedom of Speech today outside parliament from 12-2pm. The lobbying bill is in front of parliament again this week and Bond remains very worried that the government has not responded in any substantial way to the concerns we and others have raised. We have again written to all MPs outlining our concerns ahead of the report stage tomorrow.
Volunteer travel and ATOL reforms
Bond is hosting a free event, in partnership with Key Travel, to help international development organisations understand the implications of the 2012 ATOL reforms.
Post-2015 outcome document approved
The roadmap for development of the post-2015 framework was approved today in an outcome document at the UN General Assembly.
Bond is convening a series of fringe events at each of the party conferences this autumn.
Lobbying bill response
Bond is calling on the government to put the lobbing bill on hold to allow more time to explore the issues and implications for NGOs, charities and other voluntary groups.
Global goals and a fairer future
Justine Greening spoke at an event hosted by Bond and the Institute of Development Studies today, ahead of the UN Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 framework. The Secretary of State thanked the two organisations and said that "civil society has a vital role to play" in the process, encouraging NGOs to "stay vocal".
The UN Secretary General has released his annual report on progress in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and his recommendations to advance the post-2015 development agenda.
Responding to press coverage about the pay of charities' leaders, Bond's Chief Executive, Ben Jackson, said today that "Chief Executives are often responsible for large global operations working in the most difficult areas and countries".
Bond event in Ethiopia
Bond and UKAN are presenting a research paper in Ethiopia today that looks at the importance of country ownership and the evidence that it delivers results. The event takes place in the margins of the Global Partnership Steering Group meeting and the Africa side event on July 24 in Addis Ababa.
EU development cooperation report
There are more advantages than disadvantages to working through the EU, according to DFID's newly published Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid report.
Public misconceptions about foreign aid, as well as benefit fraud, the number of single mothers and teenage pregnanies are revealed in a new survey.
European Parliament approves budget
"We welcome today’s agreement on Europe’s budget for the next seven years. It is now critical that money allocated to international development and any new funding arrangements have poverty reduction at their heart."
Bond's new website gives more space to members' news and activities and its new navigation makes it much easier to find your way around. It creates what should be a more interesting, immersive online experience.
Aid promises will still be met
As part of the spending round for 2015/16 announced today in parliament, the Chancellor confirmed that the UK will meet its 0.7% this year and in subsequent years. The Chancellor noted that "even in tough times, the decisions we make mean we keep to our commitments."
Reaction to the G8 agreement
"Today’s G8 tax deal is a step in the right direction, but it also leaves major unfinished business." The G8 is finally delivering on aid transparency promises with all countries committing to full and timely implementation of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). This includes France, Italy and Japan, for the first time.
1.4 million messages to the Prime Minister
1.4 million messages from people calling on the G8 to tackle hunger were handed to the Prime Minister ahead of the formal opening of the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland.
Big IF Belfast rally draws thousands
On Saturday, two days before the start of the crucial G8 summit, thousands of people braved the rain and bad weather to attend the Big IF Belfast rally in the city's Botanic Gardens.
Beginning of the end for tax havens?
On Saturday 15 June, the UK Government hosted a high-level pre-G8 summit Open for Growth focusing on trade, tax and transparency in London.
Crackdown on tax dodging could end hunger
Poor countries could eliminate hunger by 2025 with just a quarter of the money they currently lose to tax dodging by multinational companies.
G8 to focus on trade, tax and transparency
Prime Minister Cameron wants to use this year’s summit to make progress on three key policy areas: advancing trade, ensuring tax compliance, and promoting greater transparency.
£2.7 billion to tackle global hunger
On Saturday 8 June, the UK Government, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and the Brazilian Government, co-hosted an event on Growth and Nutrition.