Bond Conference and Awards

Our annual conference brings together over a thousand diverse professionals and leading thinkers from across the international development and humanitarian sectors over two days. The event includes the Bond International Development Awards, which celebrate the sector’s inspiring people and achievements.

Next year's conference will be held on 18-19 March 2019 in London.

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Raise your brand's profile by sponsoring or exhibiting at the 2019 conference and awards. Find out more

2018 highlights from Europe's biggest international development event

Keynote speakers: we had speeches from secretary of state for international development Penny Mordaunt, girls' rights advocate Memory Banda, CNN correspondent Arwa Damon, environmental activist Vandana Shiva, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka commissioner Ambika Satkunanathan, communications expert Patricia Mouamar and journalist Andrew Mwenda.

Highlights video: see highlights from the conference and the awards on Youtube.

Photos: see photos from both days on Flickr.

Social media: see highlights and conversations about #bondconf on Twitter, or check out our highlights of day 1 and day 2.

Sessions divided into six strands

Connect: strategic partnerships across different sectors to achieve your mission

Fund: funding, alternative financing and diversifying income from donors and government

Impact: adapting to political, environmental and demographic changes

Influence: the latest issues affecting policy, advocacy and campaigning  

Lead: effective leadership and strategy to drive your organisation forward

Operate: optimise processes and operations to make your organisation more effective 

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Experience the development organisation of the future in this interactive session.



Tue, 02/27/2018 - 13:45 to 14:45

A panel of experts discuss how we can improve civil society space in the UK, and set a positive example for other countries.



Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:45 to 12:15

This session looks at the role of NGO boards in safeguarding the interests of beneficiaries, partners, staff and volunteers and asks what needs to change.



Mon, 02/26/2018 - 14:15 to 15:15

Get practical strategies, tips and resources for improving how you handle the data of people involved in your programmes and policy work.



Tue, 02/27/2018 - 13:45 to 14:45

This interactive workshop will challenge you to think about your own leadership journey and how you need to change to meet the demands placed on today’s leader.



Tue, 02/27/2018 - 15:15 to 16:15

Explore ideas for positive livelihoods and jobs by considering trends such as automation, the rise of artificial intelligence, and resource scarcity.



Mon, 02/26/2018 - 14:15 to 15:15

This practical session uses case studies to help you build a resilient organisation that can handle trust breaches.



Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:45 to 12:15

Explore areas of common concern and build relationships with potential new partners at this "open space" session.



Tue, 02/27/2018 - 13:45 to 14:45

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

As Europe’s leading event for the international development sector, the Bond Conference is an unrivalled sponsorship and exhibition opportunity. Click here for further information on being involved.


Cigna is a global health insurance provider dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security.

Perrett Laver is a global executive search firm finding exceptional leaders within non-profits, civil society, education, research and healthcare institutions.


StoneX logo

StoneX specialises in transferring funds to the emerging markets and complex countries.

Western Union Business logo

Western Union Business Solutions partners with customers to offer solutions that help organisations improve cross-border cash flow and international growth

Main sponsor

Other sponsors and partners

Birches Group is a specialised consultancy whose core business is labour market surveys in developing countries.

Drinks reception sponsor

Bridge Insurance Brokers

Bridge Specialist Risks are the London based team of Bridge Insurance Brokers and are principally focused on arranging insurance programmes for NGOs, charities, government departments, United Nations programmes and commercial companies undertaking operations in hazardous environments.

Programme booklet sponsor

Business Fights Poverty logo

Business Fights Poverty energises meaningful collaboration around specific Challenges to harness the social impact of business. 

Supporting partner


DAI is a global development company working on the frontlines of international development consulting.

Notepads and pens sponsor

Devex logo

Devex is the media platform for the global development community.

Media partner

Diversity Travel is a travel management company that provides unparalleled service, unique technology and specialist fares to the charity and not-for-profit communities. 

Refreshments sponsor

Donor Tracker

The Donor Tracker is an independent, free website and mobile app that seeks to advance global development by providing advocates with easy access to high-quality quantitative and qualitative strategic information to support their work.

Fund strand sponsor

Islamic Relief is an independent NGO that responds to disasters and emergencies, promoting sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities.

Small member sponsor


Key Travel is a global Travel Management Company specialising in the humanitarian, faith and education sectors. 

International Development Awards sponsor
Penny Appeal

Established in 2009, Penny Appeal is a humanitarian charity, working in over 30 countries worldwide. The charity provides aid to support nations crippled by on-going crises.

Conference sponsor


SciDev.Net is the world’s leading source of reliable and authoritative news, views and analysis about science and technology for global development.

Media partner

Donkey Sanctuary and World Horse Welfare

The Donkey Sanctuary works to transform the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide. World Horse Welfare is committed to improving thousands of working equids’ lives and their owners’ livelihoods.

Influence strand sponsor

Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Thomson Reuters Foundation acts to promote the highest standards in journalism and spread the practice of legal pro bono worldwide.

Media partner


Birches Group is a specialised consultancy whose core business is labour market surveys in developing countries.

Strategic Agenda

Strategic Agenda specialises in helping development organisations communicate more effectively across different languages.

Toyota Gibraltar Stockholdings

TGS are Toyota Motor Corporation’s official suppliers of ex-stock Toyota vehicles and parts to aid and humanitarian agencies working in emergency and development projects worldwide.

Scriptoria logo

Scriptoria is a world leader in sustainable development communications. Our expert teams provide services in strategy and consulting, publications and training.

Oxford HR

Oxford HR is a global specialist executive search firm working primarily with for-purpose organisations, to help recruit and develop their leaders in an ever evolving landscape. 


The Open University

The Open University (OU), the UK’s largest university, has been committed to international development for over twenty years.

Key Travel is an award-winning international travel management company, specialising in the humanitarian, faith and education sectors since 1980.

INTL FCStone Ltd is an industry leader in providing cross-border payments solutions in exotic currencies.

ILS is committed to the safety and security of international development and humanitarian relief professionals though the delivery of advice, support, equipment and training.


Queen Elizabeth II Centre
Broad Sanctuary
Westminster, London