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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.

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September 2014

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.

Bond Child Rights Group event at Global Summit
The Bond Child Rights Group will host a panel discussion today (12 June), featuring Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, taking place in London.

No 0.7% in Queen's speech
The Queen’s speech brought welcome announcements on a public register of companies, sexual violence in conflict, slavery and a commitment to champion a global agreement on climate change. However there was no mention of legislation to ensure 0.7% is spent on overseas aid, despite this being a key coalition pledge.

7 billion people to feed. 1 planet to cool. Any questions?
The Millennium Development Goals will expire in 2015 and intensive debates about what a legitimate successor framework might look like have long been underway. At the same time, in the world of NGOs, organisations are increasingly expected to deliver ‘evidence-based interventions’, and in the academic landscape, researchers face the growing imperative to conduct 'impact-based research'.

May 2014

The new EU parliament
Over the weekend voters from across Europe elected 751 MEPs. How those MEPs vote, the policies they support and the questions they ask the other European institutions will impact on trade, aid and climate change across the world.

Disappointment at EU outcomes
At the 19 May Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, EU development ministers discussed issues that are crucial to ending extreme poverty, including the post-2015 agenda, private sector engagement and EU aid targets.

Taking your supporters beyond clicktivism
This seminar, the first in a series, will feature Sam Daley-Harris, CEO of the Centre for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation and founder of RESULTS who has more than 30 years’ experience campaigning for change.

Thursday is election day
How you vote in the EU elections on Thursday will affect aid, trade and climate change.

Secretary of State announces Bond Awards winners
Street Child United, Motivation and Saferworld have been named winners of Bond International Development Awards, the UK’s first international development awards.

EU hustings & manifesto
Find out what the people who are standing to be your MEP will do for international development, if they're elected, at our hustings event.

April 2014

The historic achievement of 0.7%
The Times today published an opinion piece by Bond's Ben Jackson on the historic achievement of Britain becoming the first major nation to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income on aid.

Awards: entries in
We have received lots of excellent examples of innovative and inspiring development for the Bond International Development Awards.

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”.

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