Conference and exhibition 2012
23 October 2012, The King's Fund, central London
The Bond Annual Conference is the leading event for the UK international development sector.
It brings together hundreds of delegates and influential speakers from a broad range of organisations to discuss and debate the critical issues. This year, over 280 people from 215 organisations attended.
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The theme of this year's conference was development futures. While European economies are in deep crisis, many developing countries appear to be booming. How will this global picture pan out? How will it affect the world’s poorest people? And what will it mean for people working in development and the aims and strategies of NGOs in the UK and internationally?
With just three years to go until the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, and debate and action growing fast on what should follow them, the Bond Annual Conference 2012 explored which way we should go next.
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Charles Kazibwe, from Transform Africa, and Jessica Woodroffe from Gender and Development Network were elected to the Bond board by members. They replace Nik Kafka and Paul Valentin, who had come to the end of their terms.
Justine Greening: Bond is thrilled that The Rt Hon. Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development, chose the Bond Annual Conference to deliver her first speech to the UK development sector.
You can listen to the speech below, or download an mp3 file.
The full text of the speech is on the Department For International Development website.
Renwick Rose: Renwick has worked in civil society development and trade justice for 40 years. A pioneer of the Fair Trade movement and founder of Windward Island National Farmers' Network Association (WINFA), Renwick will draw on his immense personal experience and passion for the cause to set out the position of small farmers, co-ops and Fairtrade practitioners in the context of the changing world economy and show why there is a need to build viable development alternatives, and in what ways collaboration between north and south can support this.
A changing world: how should NGOs respond?
The afternoon debate brought together a panel of international civil society leaders and experts to discuss what the changing global context means for the prospects for development – and how NGOs are and should be responding. It will explore how the agenda for NGOs will change over the next few years including in relation to 'beyond 2015', what strategies and approaches they will need to adopt, and what goals we should be setting for ourselves.
Moderator: Ben Jackson, Bond
- Claire Melamed, Head of Growth and Equity Programme, Overseas Development Institute
- Lindsay Coates, Executive Vice President, Inter Action
- Renwick Rose, WINFA
- Daniel Verger, Chief Executive, Coordination Sud
Claire Melamed: Claire Melamed is the Head of the Growth and Equity Programme at ODI. She was previously the Head of Policy at ActionAid UK. She has also worked for Christian Aid, the United Nations in Mozambique, and taught at the University of London and the Open University.
Lindsay Coates: Lindsay Coates serves as Executive Vice President for InterAction and also heads the Public Policy and Communications Team, where she works to realize the goals of InterAction and the community of 200 nongovernmental organizations that it represents. From 2004-2008, Lindsay was the COO at Population Action International, a research and advocacy institute. Prior to her work in the NGO world, Lindsay practiced civil rights law in various capacities, among them Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity Attorney and Officer at the National Gallery of Art.
If you have questions relating to any aspect of the day, or next year's conference, please contact the Membership and Communications team.