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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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April 2014

Effective Development Cooperation
An action plan to accelerate progress and a clear contribution to the post-2015 process are among the five key recommendations of a joint paper released by Bond and the UK Aid Network in advance of a meeting in Mexico this week.

Disability group responds to inquiry
The Bond Disability and Development Group, a coalition of over 40 UK based international development NGOs, has today responded to a report on disability by the International Development Select Committee.

Development aid at an all-time high
Figures released by OECD reveal that global aid rose by 6.1% in 2013.

Labour pledge to repeal Lobbying Act
On 3 April, Labour announced that it will repeal the Lobbying Act if it wins power in 2015.

IF campaign evaluation
The full independent evaluation of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign is now available.

0.7% reached
The government has today announced that in 2013 the UK honoured its commitment and reached the 0.7% aid spending target.

March 2014

Reaction to Sustainable Development Goals priorities
Bond Beyond 2015 UK has welcomed a document from the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.

Budget 2014
In today’s budget announcement, the Chancellor once again confirmed that the UK would meet its “obligations to the world’s poorest by contributing 0.7% of our national income to help them”.

IDS research centre
Business leaders, international charities and development agencies will be urged today at the launch of the new IDS Business and Development Centre to explore more effective ways to work together to fight global poverty.

Bond training
Details of all our courses and dates up to April 2015 are now online and we’re offering an early-bird discount of 10% off your usual price if you book by Friday 4 April quoting 17WH314.

Bond Awards
With the 4 April deadline for the Bond International Development Awards fast approaching, now is the time for Bond members to put together the film of their Inspiring Collaboration.

Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
Congratulations to Bond members Global Witness and Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor who are amongst the seven winners of the 2014 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

February 2014

Networker 107
Funding and finance are the main themes of the latest Networker magazine, with articles on institutional funding, social investment, and the changing fundraising and communications landscape in the sector.

NGO-academic collaborations
Following an inspiring event at the London International Development Centre (LIDC) in December, Bond is planning to develop new links between academic institutions and NGOs.

January 2014

The Small Majority
"Small UK INGOs significantly add to the richness and diversity of development both in the UK and in the global South" according to a new report looking at the distinctive contribution to international development of smaller organisations.

Anti-bribery guidelines
Transparency International have released new anti-bribery guidance for not-for-profit organisations.

Lobbying bill statement
"The bill as it currently stands will discourage the very British tradition of NGOs joining coalitions and successfully campaigning together, as they did with Make Poverty History" Ben Jackson, Chief Executive of Bond, said today.

Lobbying bill: email Peers now!
On Wednesday, Lords will have their last chance to amend the lobbying bill. The government has, at the eleventh hour, made some concessions but we are still left with a poorly drafted and unworkable bill that will damage our sector’s ability to campaign.

December 2013

New Bond courses
Bond is offering more support on monitoring and evaluation with a brand new two day training course, free IATI workshops and new course dates for some of its most popular courses.

EU development ministers meet
EU development ministers discussed the post-2015 framework and adopted council conclusions on financing sustainable development and poverty eradication in Brussels today.

Last night's Panorama programme, ‘All in a Good Cause’ covered their investigation into a range of aspects of the management of a number of British NGOs.

Multilateral Aid Review update
DFID has published its Multilateral Aid Review Update report, tracking the progress of 37 multilateral agencies against reform priorities identified in the 2011 MAR.

Lobbying bill: 2nd report
The Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement have launched their second report on the lobbying bill. The report communicates the results of their consultations with civil society to peers ahead of the committee stage of debate when it resumes on 16 - 18 December.

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.

November 2013

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
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.

Conference 2013
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.

October 2013

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.

AidWatch 2013
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.

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