Open information and accounts

We believe that all activities and decisions, and those of our members, should be transparent and open to public scrutiny. We welcome constructive debate about our policies and management practices.

Bond has an open information policy (updated version coming soon) that details the information we share publicly and the information that we may exclude.

Because part of our work involves supporting our members to publish open data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard, we have done so too.

We are committed to working in an open and transparent way. We want to celebrate success where appropriate and encourage objective assessment of our work. We are ready to be held to account and scrutinised by funders, members, the wider international development sector and beyond.

Our funding

Bond’s work is funded by member subscriptions, income generated through paid-for service, and grants, including strategic funding from UK aid through the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. If you would like to see a copy of our Ethical Fundraising Policy please contact us.

Vision, purpose, values

Our vision is a world of justice and equality, free from poverty, where human rights and the environment are respected. Our values are:

  • Justice and solidarity
  • Diversity and mutual respect
  • Collaboration and participation
  • Sustainability and shared responsibility
  • Transparency and accountability

The Bond Charter outlines the uniting principles of the Bond network.


Bond is itself a member of the following networks and organisations:

The UK Alliance of National Networks for International Development

Bond and the national networks of Scotland (Scotland’s International Development Alliance) Wales (Hub Cymru Africa) and Northern Ireland (CADA) work together, through an alliance agreement, to maximise the collective potential of all their member organisations to eradicate poverty and injustice, based on the principles of collaboration and partnership.

You can read the Aid Connect Civil Society Collective report from December 2019 under the thematic area Building civil society effectiveness.

IATI data

We have published XML data on our current DFID accountable grant for 2013-2016 and our previous DFID grant for 2011-2013, as well as our current grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard, which can also be found on the IATI Registry. This data will be updated quarterly (in arrears) for the lifetime of the grants.

You can find out more about our approach to IATI publishing in our IATI implementation schedule.

Part of the IATI standard requires publication of documents relating to grants. Below you can find information on our DFID accountable grants. Annual reviews and other related documents will be added as they are created. Code from

Past Annual Reviews and Financial Statements

Gender pay gap data

DFID accountable grant 2013-2016

European Year for Development 2015-2016

DFID accountable grant 2011-2013

  • Budget
  • Logframe
  • Proposal – Improving UK NGO Effectiveness
  • Proposal – Improving UK NGO Transparency
  • Proposal – Shaping EU Aid Performance

Independent evaluations

The following are a sample of independent evaluations of Bond activity:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant 2011-2014: More and Better Aid

DFID Accountable Grant 2011-2013

  • Independent Evaluation
  • Evaluation Appendix A
  • Evaluation Appendix B
  • Management Response to Independent Evaluation

Bond Strategy 2006-2011

  • Independent mid-term review

Big Lottery Fund grant

  • Independent evaluation
  • Management response to independent evaluation

DFID Strategic Funding arrangements

  • 2009-2011: management response to independent evaluation
  • 2009-2011: independent evaluation
  • 2009-2010: self-assessment
  • 2009-2010: DFID feedback on self-assessment
  • 2008-2009: self-assessment

Business model review, October 2009

  • Independent report

Mentoring pilot, July 2011