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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

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May 2015

Campaigners call on Cameron to #MakeTaxFair
Following the general election, campaigners from the Tax Dodging Bill Campaign were outside Downing Street, encouraging the new government to make tax fair by introducing a tax dodging bill within the first 100 days of the new parliament.

Consultation on draft Chinese law to regulate foreign NGOs
In early May, China published its second draft of a "foreign NGO management law". It is concerning that the law is currently framed so broadly and Bond members are encouraged to participate in a consultation being coordinated by the UK FCO.

ICAI scrutinises DFID support to business
The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has today published a report on how the Department for International Development (DFID) works with and through business. We are concerned about the report’s finding that so far DFID’s work on business growth and investment cannot be shown to benefit poor people.

Childreach International and Action for Brazil's Children join forces
Action for Brazil's Children (ABC) Trust and Childreach International are joining forces to continue to support some of the world's most vulnerable children.

Funds for innovative education solutions
DFIDs Amplify programme is offering $500,000 for bold and innovative approaches to providing education to refugees.

Evaluation methods: new guide
Everyone in international development is familiar with the pressure to demonstrate their results, and to do so with “rigorous evidence”. Impact evaluations are a central part of that process

DFID announces new ministerial team
The Department for International Development (DFID) has announced its ministerial team and designated responsibilities.

Africa APPG inquiry: call for evidence
The Africa APPG together with Polygeia seeks to explore the lessons from the Ebola crisis for community-led health systems strengthening through examining the current response to the Ebola crisis, and gathering evidence from experts and the affected communities in West Africa

General election results
The results are in. What do they mean for international development?

£2 million for community rebuilding in Nepal
The Big Lottery Fund has committed £2 million from its international funding to support work that will help rebuild communities in Nepal following the devastating impact of the recent earthquake

April 2015

Comic Relief offer two-tiered funding grant
Comic Relief has announced £20million of funding between now and 2019.

Tim Wainwright elected as chair of Bond Board
We’re pleased to announce that Tim Wainwright has been elected as chair of the Bond Board for a two-year term

UK meets aid promise while EU falls short
The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has released figures on how much overseas development assistance (ODA) is given by different countries. The data reveals that the UK has kept its promise to the poorest parts of the world in committing to spend 0.7% of country's Gross National Income on development programmes.

March 2015

Queen signs 0.7% aid commitment into law
The Queen today gave her assent to the International Development Bill, which guarantees the UK's commitment to overseas aid. The bill, now an act of parliament, was included in all three party manifestos in 2010 and sees the UK commit to continuing to spend 0.7% of its Gross National Income (GNI) on overseas aid.

UK budget: campaigners call for Tax Dodging Bill
Today UK chancellor George Osborne will deliver the final budget of parliament, and campaigners from the Tax Dodging Bill have been out in force calling for all parties tackle tax dodging and bring in billions of extra revenue to tackle poverty in the UK and developing countries.

EU civil society calls for ambitious framework
A new paper from CONCORD lays out recommendations for EU decision makers for an ambitious framework to finance the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

RESULT: 0.7% aid commitment enshrined in law
As the membership organisation for UK relief and development charities we are delighted that Lords turned out in force today to support the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill, which guarantees the UK's commitment to overseas aid.

International Women's Day: 2015 summits most important negotiations for women in history
As people across the globe celebrate International Women's Day, United Nations member states are in discussions that could prove to be the most important negotiations for women in history, according to the global citizens' movement action/2015

February 2015

Humanitarian exception proposed in response to Bond evidence to draft charities bill
The Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Draft Protection of Charities Bill has today published its report. In response to evidence by witnesses from the charity sector like Ben Jackson, Chief Executive of Bond, the Committee highlights the problems anti-terrorism legislation causes for charities working in conflict zones and proposes an exception for such charities.

Letter to political parties calling for repeal of the Lobbying Act
In a letter sent to the leaders of all parties represented in Westminster, Bond along with over 150 other organisations calls for a repeal of the Lobbying Act.

Germany should seize the moment – and reach 0.7
Ben Jackson delivers video message to conference on G7's role in international development.

‘Aid+ Action Plan’ needed to address global challenges
International charities welcome the Commons International Development Committee's report asking government departments to work together and called for an ‘Aid+ Action plan’ to to address global challenges.

January 2015

Gates and people power in 2015
Bond Chief Executive Ben Jackson has welcomed the optimism and ambition of the Gates Annual Letter, which sets out the foundation’s vision for the future of international development.

EU budget report
Today Bond launches a report on the EU budget 2014-2020 for NGOs. Taken together, the EU and its member states are the world's largest donor of official development assistance (ODA).

action/2015 launches
Desmond Tutu, Malala Yousafzai, Sting and Matt Damon are among the 31 celebrities and leaders who have signed an open letter to the Prime Minister on the launch day of the global action/2015 campaign.

67% of UK public wants aid to increase- New Poll
A new Eurobarometer survey revealed today that the number of people who are in favour of increasing development aid has gone up as 67% of the UK public think development aid should be increased – an increase of seven percentage points since 2013.

December 2014

European position on 2015 broadly welcomed
Bond Beyond 2015 UK group broadly welcomes the common EU position on a ‘transformative post-2015 development agenda’ adopted by member-states last week.

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.

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