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A woman feeds her daughter

UNICEF and its partners expect to treat up to 394,000 children under five this year for severe malnutrition in Niger alone. Picture: UNICEF/Olivier Asselin.

A woman feeds her malnourished daughter

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.

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December 2014

How will DFID spend its resources next year
DFID have published their updated operational plans for how they will spend their allocated resources in every country they work in. The operational plans set out to the public how DFID plans to deliver results across policy areas and explain why, and how, DFID is targeting its resources and what they expect to achieve. These plans cover the period up until March 2016.

First ever UK anti-corruption plan launched
Corruption costs developing countries billions every year, which means less money is available for the poorest people. This is why the Bond Anti-Corruption Group has welcomed the launch of the first ever cross-government plan for tackling corruption in the UK and abroad. However the long delay in its publication calls into question the extent of the government’s political will and priority on this important issue.

Secretary General’s post-2015 report released
The UN Secretary General has released his synthesis report The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet, with a briefing for member states at the UN in New York.

MP's vote to enshrine the 0.7% aid target in law
As the membership organisation for 420 UK relief and development charities we are delighted that MPs turned out in force today to support Michael Moore MP's 0.7% aid bill, which guarantees the UK's commitment to overseas aid.

Survey on NGO cost recovery
Bond, Mango and Inside NGO are launching a new campaign on NGO cost recovery.

First UK disability framework
Bond's Disability and Development Group has been at the forefront of efforts to bring disability issues right to the heart of international development policies in the UK.

November 2014

Philip Hammond is misguided in his comments
A joint response from 21 of the largest international NGOs says Philip Hammond is misguided in his comments about the 0.7% Private Members Bill that is passing through Parliament.

Payment by results: what it means for UK NGOs
Bond’s new report – “Payment by Results: What it Means for UK NGOs” – sets out for the first time from an NGO perspective the different factors that NGOs need to consider in deciding whether to bid for and engage with PbR contracts.

Bond conference: today
More than 900 development professionals are due to converge on Westminster today for the Bond annual conference. Follow proceedings through the day on Twitter, Storify and on our website.

Bill Gates confirmed for Bond conference
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Gates Foundation, has confirmed that he will attend and speak at the Bond conference next week.

Joint response to ICAI corruption report
A joint response from Bond members to the Independent Commission on Aid Impact report on "DFID's Approach to Anti-Corruption and its Impact on the Poor".

Open letter to Neven Mimica
Bond's Chief Executive Ben Jackson has written an open letter to congratulate Neven Mimica, the new European Commissioner for Development.

Are you responding to Ebola?
Bond is launching today a new Ebola Response Hub to support the UK coordination of the Ebola response. The response hub will aim to be a one-stop shop for resources, latest media coverage and updates on sector activity around advocacy and policy, HR and operations.

October 2014

New course - Public Attitudes to Development
Are you a communicator, campaigner or fundraiser working for a Bond member organisation? Do you want to understand more about UK public attitudes to aid and development and what motivates people to take action in support of our causes?

Change the Record
Change the Record is part of Bond’s programme of work on public support. Based on six months of media analysis, audience focus groups and workshops with Bond members, Change the Record explores the reasons behind the fragility of UK public support for development and suggests how the development community can work together to build a more active and engaged public.

The Lobbying Act: 3 weeks old
It’s been 3 weeks since the official start of the "regulated period" for the Lobbying Act, so we thought it was time to share links to useful resources and an update about initial impact and the response of international development organisations.

International Development Select Committee
Bond CEO Ben Jackson joined Professor Ngaire Woods, University of Oxford and Professor Melissa Leach, Institute of Development Studies to give evidence to the International Development Select Committee.

Neven Mimica grilled by MEPs
MEPs have grilled the Croatian Neven Mimica, Commissioner Designate for Development, to ensure he is best suited for the post, familiar with international development, independent from his countries’ political views and is pro-European.

September 2014

Delivering on post-2015 in New York
World leaders come together this week for the UN General Assembly, which will convene under the theme of “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”. Bond staff are in New York to support the Beyond 2015 campaign and our members.

MPs vote to enshrine the 0.7% aid target in law
MPs turned out in force today to support Michael Moore MP's 0.7% aid bill, which guarantees the UK's commitment to overseas aid.

Neven Mimica appointed EU Commissioner for Development designate
The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has announced his new college of commissioners on Wednesday. Neven Mimica, Croatia’s first European Commissioner who was at the heart of his country’s efforts to join the EU, is the Commissioner designate for International Cooperation and Development.

Post-2015: what next?
Over 80 Bond members met on Tuesday to debate their hopes and ambitions for a new post-2015 sustainable development agenda with Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for international development, Lynne Featherstone.

Civil society and politics
Charities should "stick to their knitting" and stay out of the "realm of politics", according to charities minister Brooks Newmark. Bond disagrees.

August 2014

Lobbying Act: feedback wanted
Now that Lobbying Act is law and the Electoral Commission has produced guidance documents for non-party campaigners, the Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement would like to understand what impact the act is having.

Seeking campaigning examples
Have you successfully engaged new audiences (people your organisation hasn’t traditionally connected with) through any of your campaigning activities over the past two years? If so, please get in touch!

Funding finder tool
DFID has launched an online tool that aims to make it easier for organisations, individuals and businesses to search for DFID funding opportunities.

Turn Up Save Lives
Bond and more than 20 members have launched a campaign to get 0.7% into law.

Conference early bird tickets
Booking for the Bond Annual Conference on 10 November is in full swing with many people taking advantage of the early bird discount (valid until 2 September).

Lobbying Act meeting
Over 120 organisations from across the NGO community attended a Bond meeting on guidance on the Lobbying Act this week. We had organisations involved campaigning on a diverse range of issues.

July 2014

New Networker out now
Working in partnership and collaborating with others is the main theme of the summer issue of The Networker magazine.

Guide to managing a consultancy
Bond has published a new guide giving practical tips on writing terms of reference, recruiting, contracting and managing consultants.

Bond pledges support for UK’s first Girl Summit
Bond today pledged its full support for the UK’s first Girl Summit co-hosted by the UK government and Bond member UNICEF UK.

Open Working Group agrees proposed SDGs
After 16 months of debates and negotiations, the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals has proposed a set of 17 goals and related targets that could replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015.

Lobbying letter in the Times
Healthy democracy is threatened by the lobbying bill, according to a letter from Bond to the Times published today.

Electoral Commission lobbying act guidance
The Electoral Commission have released their guidance for "non-party campaigners" to explain how the new lobbying act rules will work.

Girl Summit 2014
The UK is hosting the first Girl Summit on 22 July, aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to address female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM).

Redefining Development
Bond's 2014 conference is now open to bookings. The full programme is online and you can book early bird tickets at a special reduced rate between now and 2 September.

Bond at C20
As part of its Presidency of the G20 in 2014, the Australian government has established a number of outreach groups, one of which is civil society – the C20 – and last week Australian civil society hosted the C20 summit.

0.7% private member's bill
Liberal Democrat MP Michael Moore has confirmed that he will use his private member’s bill to legislate for the UK’s 0.7% aid commitment. Parliamentary time has been allocated to debate the bill on Friday 12 September.

June 2014

DFID strategy on payment by results
DFID have today released their new payment by results strategy, "Sharpening incentives to perform: DFID’s Strategy for Payment by Results". The strategy outlines DFID’s plans for the use of payment by results in its approach to funding, and the potential for payment by results to be included in all types of DFID funding: grants, contracts, bilateral assistance and support for basket or pooled funds.

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