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We have received a letter from the Secretary of State for International Development, with an update on the Civil Society Partnership Review, which we have been asked to share with the Bond network.
26 May 2016
Ban Ki-Moon in Juba
Heads of state and government, leaders from crisis-affected communities, representatives from the private sector, and NGOs gathered in Istanbul for the first World Humanitarian Summit.
25 May 2016
Water purification system for people living in a camp in Kathmandu
UK aid has reached 62.9 million people with water, sanitation and hygiene interventions over five years, but must do more to ensure these improvements are sustainable, says a new report.
24 May 2016
Displaced children in DRC listen to their teacher
Ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit, Joseph highlights the opportunity to address education in crises.
20 May 2016
Comic Relief has introduced its new grants strategy, which aims to fund new initiatives, as well as continuing to support existing partners and projects.
19 May 2016
Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen's Speech in the House of Lords
Today's Queen's speech gave a robust defence of international development, and of the government’s 0.7% spending commitment.
18 May 2016
Motorcyclist in Freetown, Sierra Leone
In spite of the views of certain tabloid newspapers, millions of people support the UK's commitment to foreign aid. And they're not all the usual suspects.
18 May 2016
Teenage girls in Ethiopia
UK aid has made a significant contribution towards tackling violence against women and girls in developing countries, a new report by the independent aid watchdog finds.
17 May 2016
Graphic with thinking heads
Despite significant NGO investment in monitoring, learning and evaluation, the outputs rarely make it into the public domain. New research explains why.
15 December 2015
Go to jail square on monopoly board
While the UK has taken a lead on tackling corruption at home and overseas this year, it must get its own house in order to ensure its efforts are not wasted, according to the Bond Anti-corruption Group.
9 December 2015
Transparent laptop screens
Oxfam, Fairtrade International and BBC Media Action were the top performers in the 2015 Transparency Review of 48 organisations.
1 December 2015
Open sign hanging in a window
More governments becoming "sustainably more transparent, more accountable, and more responsive to their own citizens" sounds good to me. But it's an ambitious vision.
18 November 2015
Pile of used floppy disks
The International Aid Transparency Initiative Standard allows organisations to increase transparency, share information, and improve internal processes. But there are significant technical challenges. IATI Boost could help you overcome these.
5 October 2015
People in Kigali discussing their priorities for the post-2015 agenda
The UK secretary of state for international development announced her department as an anchor partner for the new Global Partnership on Sustainable Development and an additional £16m of World Bank support.
29 September 2015
This post explains the new IATI data standard, version 2.x, and how to upgrade from previous versions.
23 September 2015
Man shares out walnuts
What will it take to encourage NGOs to engage with data debates? The Bond Fast Forward report identifies issues such as lack of data capabilities. I’d challenge this as being too tactical...
28 July 2015
Stethoscope and X-Ray
The UK development sector has a strong sense of its mission, integrity and identity. But it could be better at stakeholder engagement and monitoring, evaluation and learning. These are the conclusions of a new analysis.
22 March 2016
Graphic with thinking heads
Despite significant NGO investment in monitoring, learning and evaluation, the outputs rarely make it into the public domain. New research explains why.
15 December 2015
Transparent laptop screens
Oxfam, Fairtrade International and BBC Media Action were the top performers in the 2015 Transparency Review of 48 organisations.
1 December 2015
Omar in his wheelchair with his brother and sister
There are few people who would argue with the principle that people with disabilities should be included and supported in NGO programmes. But beyond the commitments and the rhetoric, how hard is it really to do this?
26 November 2015
Stack of euro coins
Many EU countries, including the Netherlands, Italy, Cyprus, and Portugal are exaggerating their aid spending by including "inflated aid", money spent in their own countries, in their official aid figures.
24 November 2015
Chameleon on hand
What does an organisation that has “embraced complexity” actually look like? Last month a discussion highlighted how different organisations are taking steps to integrate adaptive approaches.
26 October 2015
Connected dots on a black background
DFID is currently conducting the third Multilateral Aid Review (MAR), which will assess the effectiveness and contribution to UK development priorities of the 38 multilateral agencies that receive UK aid.
13 October 2015
Girl buidling an improved temporary shelter in Chokati Nepal
Local actors are key to effective disaster risk management strategies and programmes, but building their capacity can be difficult.
7 October 2015
Nick Hurd MP
Nick Hurd MP has been appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Development following the resignation from government of the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP.
28 November 2015
Portrait of young ghanaian woman
Cigna's new CoverN'GO Regional insurance plan is designed specifically for key local and third-country national staff in Africa.
28 October 2015
An all-male panel at the Global Summit of Women
Last week I received invites to three events with all-male panels. This alone should be enough to shock you. But the responses I received from the event organisers are more incredible. Read on to find out who won the misogyny prize!
26 October 2015
Justin Forsyth speaking at the London Summit on Family Planning
Justin Forsyth has announced that he will be leaving Save the Children in February after five years as CEO.
23 October 2015
Christine Stegling profile
Christine Stegling will replace Alvaro Bermejo as executive director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance when he steps down at the end of November 2015.
12 October 2015
Islamic Relief logo
Jehangir Malik, UK director of Islamic Relief, will be leaving the charity at the end of the month after 23 years at the organisation and eight years at its helm.
25 September 2015
Scotland’s international development network, NIDOS, has announced the appointment of Jane Salmonson as its new chief executive officer.
23 September 2015
Harriet Lamb portrait
Peacebuilding NGO, International Alert has announced the appointment of Harriet Lamb as its new chief executive officer. Lamb will take up the post on 16 November.
15 September 2015
Woman in Côte d’Ivoire
Linda McAvan MEP reflects on the European Year of Development and explains why the EU has a vital role to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
27 January 2016
Young refugee at Keleti train station in Budapest
In a joint letter, the heads of more than two dozen NGOs call on David Cameron to approach the new year with 'new resolve to address the appalling plight of refugees in Europe.'
4 January 2016
Speakers at a panel discussion hosted by Malaria Consortium
The World Health Organisation has launched the 2015 World Malaria Report, and Malaria Consortium hosted a panel discussion to look at what the EU can do to support malaria elimination within the timescale of the SDGs.
14 December 2015
Stack of euro coins
Many EU countries, including the Netherlands, Italy, Cyprus, and Portugal are exaggerating their aid spending by including "inflated aid", money spent in their own countries, in their official aid figures.
24 November 2015
Stacked pound coins
The French parliament has adopted a proposal to allocate 50% of the Financial Transaction Tax to the country's development budget, bringing to an end four years of cuts.
22 October 2015
UNHCR tents at a refugee camp in Iraq
EU heads of government have agreed a package of measures in response to the refugee crisis, including greater assistance to countries currently supporting large numbers of refugees, and increased funding for the UN refugee agency.
24 September 2015
European Year for Development | #EYD2015
On Tuesday 16 June Bond will host a breakfast briefing event as part of the European Year for Development, featuring a Q&A with Linda McAvan MEP.
15 June 2015
Tools behind a blank notepad
Bond ran a session at this year's European Development Days, focusing on how we can develop a narrative that builds public support. Tom Baker tells us his three key points
11 June 2015
Abstract city lights
Futurist Sohail Inayatullah shares four principles for creating successful foresight strategies.
10 May 2016
Wind turbines
Social innovation is climbing up the agendas of NGOs fast. To help demystify innovation in development, Bond has launched a new report and an online library showcasing innovative solutions from around the world.
19 April 2016
Fallen tree across road
What can we learn from how southern NGOs have managed, adapted and innovated in the face of disruptive change?
24 March 2016
Hamster wheel vs fly wheel
I spend a lot of time thinking about how we can unlock innovation in INGOs, wrestling with how they can do this more effectively, and talking to people who have great insights on the subject.
12 February 2016
Hedgehog and beetle car
'In order to survive and thrive, civil society organisations need to reinvent themselves,' says Burkhard Gnärig. Jennifer Eddis reviews his latest book, which looks at the changing landscape of the international development sector.
8 February 2016
Abstract digital networks
Many charities are instinctively conservative, risk averse and tied to systems of communicating, fundraising and organising whose best-before-dates are fast approaching.
19 January 2016
The India Gate in New Delhi at night
This week, Wembley Stadium will host a sell out gig with up to 70,000 people coming to hear India's prime minister speak. Nesta looks at how incubating ventures with social and economic returns can help build UK-India relations.
10 November 2015
Digital connected dot pattern
Digital is delivering for almost every industry – music, retail, media – and across government. Yet according to some fundraisers, not for charity fundraising. Why not? Probably because charities have been resisting the change.
2 November 2015

In brief

It is right to question foreign aid, but we must remember the vital causes it serves

Director of Programmes at International Alert, Phil Vernon suggests that the main focus of the parliament debate about foreign aid on 13 June should be how to ensure that UK aid is spent most effectively in pursuit of its goals, so that taxpayers can have confidence that their money is well spent.

Huffington Post 26 May 2016

The Guardian view on G7 aid spending: don’t trash it, match it

Ahead of the G7 economic summit in Ise-Shima, Japan, the Guardian explain why those who are most worried about migration flows should be leading the calls for more aid spending.

The Guardian 25 May 2016

Major step forward as Ban Ki-moon supports Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

A new charter on inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action, launched by Handicap International and several partner organisations at the World Humanitarian Summit has attracted support from nearly 100 states, humanitarian organisations, funding bodies, and non-profit organisations.

Thomson Reuters Foundation 25 May 2016

Humanitarian summit has 'set new course,' says Ban, calling for action on commitments

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has hailed the global community's achievements at the summit and called for the commitments made to be taken forward for transformative change. He expressed disappointment that G7 world leaders, with the exception of German chancellor Angela Merkel, did not attend.

UN News Centre 24 May 2016

New deal on humanitarian financing signed at summit in Istanbul

A deal which will see disaster victims being given cash instead of vouchers or food, and which requires aid agencies to be more transparent and efficient in the way they spend money, is generally seen as the most significant step forward at the World Humanitarian Summit this week.

The Guardian 24 May 2016

Is the Grand Bargain a big deal?

The "Grand Bargain" is the name for a package of reforms to humanitarian funding, launched at the World Humanitarian Summit. Ben Parker analyses the commitments made in Istanbul to make emergency aid finance more efficient and effective.

IRIN 24 May 2016

It is right to question foreign aid, but we must remember the vital causes it serves

Director of Programmes at International Alert, Phil Vernon suggests that the main focus of the parliament debate about foreign aid on 13 June should be how to ensure that UK aid is spent most effectively in pursuit of its goals, so that taxpayers can have confidence that their money is well spent.

Huffington Post 26 May 2016

The Guardian view on G7 aid spending: don’t trash it, match it

Ahead of the G7 economic summit in Ise-Shima, Japan, the Guardian explain why those who are most worried about migration flows should be leading the calls for more aid spending.

The Guardian 25 May 2016

Humanitarian summit has 'set new course,' says Ban, calling for action on commitments

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has hailed the global community's achievements at the summit and called for the commitments made to be taken forward for transformative change. He expressed disappointment that G7 world leaders, with the exception of German chancellor Angela Merkel, did not attend.

UN News Centre 24 May 2016

New deal on humanitarian financing signed at summit in Istanbul

A deal which will see disaster victims being given cash instead of vouchers or food, and which requires aid agencies to be more transparent and efficient in the way they spend money, is generally seen as the most significant step forward at the World Humanitarian Summit this week.

The Guardian 24 May 2016

Is the Grand Bargain a big deal?

The "Grand Bargain" is the name for a package of reforms to humanitarian funding, launched at the World Humanitarian Summit. Ben Parker analyses the commitments made in Istanbul to make emergency aid finance more efficient and effective.

IRIN 24 May 2016

Government seeks views on the Big Lottery Fund

The government is seeking views on new directions for the Big Lottery Fund that could make the grant-making body less bureaucratic and more focused on the benefits of the projects it funds.

Third Sector (subscriber only) 23 May 2016

It is right to question foreign aid, but we must remember the vital causes it serves

Director of Programmes at International Alert, Phil Vernon suggests that the main focus of the parliament debate about foreign aid on 13 June should be how to ensure that UK aid is spent most effectively in pursuit of its goals, so that taxpayers can have confidence that their money is well spent.

Huffington Post 26 May 2016

Major step forward as Ban Ki-moon supports Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

A new charter on inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action, launched by Handicap International and several partner organisations at the World Humanitarian Summit has attracted support from nearly 100 states, humanitarian organisations, funding bodies, and non-profit organisations.

Thomson Reuters Foundation 25 May 2016

Leave no one behind: lessons from the corporate sector on localisation

Aimee Ansari, Executive Director of Translators without Borders, shares her thoughts about what humanitarians can learn about localisation and translation from the corporate sector.

Translators without Borders 21 May 2016

Ten urban planning principles every humanitarian should know

As the world urbanises, so too must the humanitarian sector. Urban learning manager at the International Rescue Committee, Samer Saliba asks: Can urban planning principles help humanitarians intervene more effectively?

International Institute for Environment and Development 20 May 2016

Transparency at heart of reforming humanitarian action

Ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit, Harpinder Collacott, executive director of Development Initiatives, talks about the role of transparency in reforming humanitarian action.

The Guardian 20 May 2016

Countries not fulfilling pledges to help Syrian refugees, report finds

Countries who attended the Supporting Syria conference in London have so far only committed a sixth of the money they pledged for 2016, a new report by Concern Worldwide shows.

The Guardian 20 May 2016

Humanitarian funding update April 2016

To meet the needs of 89 million people across 39 countries through humanitarian response plans, US$20.3 billion is required in global funding. This document pulls together the rest of the global figures as of 30 April.

Relief Web 3 May 2016

A brief introduction to Futures

Futures Studies is a practice and a field of study about the future. Sparksgrove gives a brief description of futures, highlighting why it is both useful and challenging.

Sparksgrove 4 April 2016

Evaluating the impact of flexible development interventions

Drawing on experiences of the Australia-Mekong NGO Engagement Platform and borrowing from the data-centred approaches of the commercial sector, Rick Davies argues that there is a useful role for "loose" theories of change and that they can be evaluable.

Monitoring and Evaluation news 31 March 2016

More than half of British public say FGM is a top women’s rights concern

One in two people say that female genital mutilation is one of their top women’s rights concerns. This comes above equal pay and employment opportunities and access to childcare in a list of nine key women’s rights issues, according to new research by ActionAid UK. 

ActionAid 10 February 2016

World Report 2015 - Syria

The Syria chapter of the Human Rights Watch World Report 2015, the organisation's annual review of human rights around the globe 2015.

Human Rights Watch 27 January 2016

UNICEF appeals for US$1.16 billion for Syria crisis response

UNICEF's Humanitarian Action for Children report 2016 is appealing for US$1.16 billion to fund the humanitarian response plan for Syria and the surrounding region in 2016.

Supporting Syria 26 January 2016

Deal makes money transfers in difficult areas easier for NGOs

Western Union Business Solutions and Bond have announced a partnership to provide international NGOs with access to a global payment solutions service to help them get money where it is needed, when it is needed.

Charity Digital News 23 May 2016

Does payment by results dehumanise aid work or encourage success?

Oxfam, Swift Consortium and Opportunity International share their experiences of running Payment by Results programmes.

The Guardian 26 April 2016

Payment by results in aid: hype or hope?

Is payment by results just the most recent over-hyped solution for development, or is it an effective incentive for accelerating change? Duncan Green discusses.

The Guardian 12 April 2016

Six reasons taxpayers can be proud of UK aid

Following alarmist tabloid headlines, Ben Jackson shares six reasons taxpayers can be proud of UK aid.
 

The Guardian 30 March 2016

Payment by Results hasn’t produced much in the way of results, but aid donors are doing it anyway. Why?

Duncan Green looks at the contrast between how quickly payment by results has spread through the aid world and how little evidence there is that it actually works.

From poverty to power 23 March 2016

IATI’s first Governing Board is established

IATI has a newly established Governing Board following a month long process of consultation and nomination. Sarah Johns will join the new board as the representative of Bond.

IATI 23 March 2016

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