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The day the Panama Papers story exploded across the world's media was a red letter day for tax justice campaigners. But does the leak really matter for the rest of the development sector?
20 April 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
British Virgin Islands
The scandals highlighted by the Panama Papers leak have prompted reactions from INGOs working on tax justice.
6 April 2016
Bichara Zakari in school in Niger
If you read the Mail on Sunday this Easter, you could be led to believe that all aid is being wasted, given to terrorists or to the Mail’s horror – being spent on supporting gay and transgender rights in Turkey.
5 April 2016
DFID staff member supervises the unloading of UK aid in Kathmandu
The UK government has hit back at a string of unfounded allegations made in a Mail on Sunday report today.
27 March 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
Football match in Favela Moinho São Paulo, Brazil
Sport: not a word that often comes up in discussions about the changing landscape of aid and development. But Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) deserves serious consideration. Dawn explains why.
22 March 2016
Farmers in Mali
'The most important principle of allocating UK aid should always be that it is allocated where it can be most effectively be used to reduce poverty,' says the International Development Committee (IDC) in their interim report.
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
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
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
Woman receives cash transfer in Burkina Faso
With an ever increasing number of tools, the application of technology in cash transfer programming can be incredibly confusing. The Bond Technology for Development is hoping to bring some clarity.
30 October 2015

In brief

The world's humanitarian burden is too big. How can we lessen it?

The humanitarian assistance system is under increasing strain from conflicts, which have cost countless lives and driven millions from their homes. The unprecedented storm of humanitarian need has given rise to much debate about more equitable burden-sharing and with the world humanitarian summit coming up in May, the world is also freshly alert to the threat of epidemics.

The Guardian 26 April 2016

World Humanitarian Summit have published their list of core commitments

The forthcoming – and highly influential – World Humanitarian Summit have just published their list of core commitments under their focus "Uphold The Norms That Safeguard Humanity". Preventing "civilian harm resulting from the use of wide-area explosive weapons in populated areas" has been announced as a core commitment.

AOAV 26 April 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

Monitoring food security data through mobile technology

The World Food Programme is using mobile phones and voice recognition software to regularly collect food security data. When access to vulnerable populations is often hampered by the absence of roads and ongoing insecurity, remote data collection has proven to be a more flexible alternative. This process is faster and cheaper than traditional face-to-face interviews.

World Humanitarian Summit blog 22 April 2016

Solution to the world's problems: Choose humanity

The United Nations secretary-general is calling on world leaders to reinforce our collective responsibility to guard humanity by attending the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit. We, as global citizens, must urge our global leadership to come together at the summit, choose humanity and help make impossible choices a thing of the past.

Los Angles Times 22 April 2016

First-ever World Humanitarian Summit must usher in new era of global solidarity

Briefing Member States on preparations for the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Heads of State and Government to come to the event and deliver a strong message that "we will not accept the erosion of humanity which we see in the world today."

United Nations News Centre 22 April 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

First-ever World Humanitarian Summit must usher in new era of global solidarity

Briefing Member States on preparations for the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Heads of State and Government to come to the event and deliver a strong message that "we will not accept the erosion of humanity which we see in the world today."

United Nations News Centre 22 April 2016

A syrian refugee shared his struggle to reach Europe in real-time nn WhatsApp

BuzzFeed News followed the struggle of a young man in Turkey via a conversation on the mobile messaging service.

Buzzfeed 21 April 2016

Learning and adaptation: six pitfalls to avoid

Much development thinking and practice is stuck in a linear planning model. But to be effective, development practitioners need to learn about changes in their local context and adapt interventions accordingly. ODI's Craig Valters offers six tips on what to avoid as the push for learning and adaptive programming gathers pace.

Devex 21 April 2016

Video: Youth map the climate change they want to see

Voices of Youth Maps is a mobile application and online platform for young people to identify issues and engage with their communities to positively impact their neighborhoods.

YouTube 21 April 2016

What is informed consent in digital development photography?

Do the people in our photos realise how far their picture could travel? Josh Woodard looks at how we can improve informed consent in digital development photography.

ICT works 20 April 2016

Video: Youth map the climate change they want to see

Voices of Youth Maps is a mobile application and online platform for young people to identify issues and engage with their communities to positively impact their neighborhoods.

YouTube 21 April 2016

With aid under attack, let's be honest about how we spend taxpayers' money

The aid sector needs reform – but its work is vital. After recent attacks in the media, Simon O'Connell, the executive director of Mercy Corps Europe, discusses why walking away from the 0.7% aid commitment is not the answer.

The Guardian 6 April 2016

Our view on UK aid

Given recent negative stories in the UK press on the British Overseas Aid Budget, Malaria No More wanted to highlight that fighting malaria is a shining example of British pounds protecting, saving and transforming the lives of millions of people globally and helping to create a safer and more prosperous world for us all. 

Malaria No More 5 April 2016

Using 3-D Printing and Virtual Reality Technology to improve hospitals

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières has successfully tested 3-D printing and virtual reality technology to design hospitals that better meet the needs of patients.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières 1 April 2016

The UK kept its promise to the world's poorest, now it’s time for Europe to do the same

A year ago today the UK House of Lords passed a bill that would commit to spending at least 0.7% of the gross national income on international aid and development. Paul Abernethy takes a look back.

Global Citizen 9 March 2016

Gender injustice and conflict: the importance of including women at every stage of a peace process

Including women at every stage of a peace process is vital to avoid replicating the structural injustices that are often at the root of conflict during the process of building peace itself, argue Monica McWilliams and Avila Kilmurray.

Saferworld 8 March 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

Fortunes for the fortunate – all 62 of them

In the run up to the World Economic Forum Deborah Hardoon, Deputy Head of Research, introduces Oxfam's latest inequality data and shares her personal reflections from two years of work on these shocking statistics.

Oxfam Policy & Practice 18 January 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

Do international NGOs still have the right to exist?

After 60 years of development it’s time for INGOs to ask some difficult questions about what power they need to devolve.

The Guardian 14 March 2016

Members' tweets

@Rare_org
41 min ago

Water quality isn't to be addressed at the end. It's about the whole water supply ecosystem https://t.co/gAOyLFzJlU https://t.co/VPjNdyeJxm

@BritishRedCross
46 min ago

Claire thought she would give birth in the car, but some Red Cross volunteers were on hand to help: https://t.co/oHyfVemf22

@Oxfam
46 min ago

The world's poorest 50% are a trillion dollars worse off - what's going on? Changes in income, debt, consumption? https://t.co/DD4e1E1ro1