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, with booking details to follow later in 2018.

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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Sessions

Learn how to build partnerships that help you deliver more innovatively, efficiently and sustainably.

 

 

Mon, 02/26/2018 -
11:15 to 12:45

Join experts to create a list of critical interventions to ensure Brexit brings about the best outcomes for development.

 

 

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

Learn different tactics and approaches to reboot your campaigns and engage new audiences.

 

 

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

In this session, experts from civil society, HMG, and the private sector discuss the “package” needed to deliver the Paris Agreement on climate change.

 

 

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

This session will feature girls' rights advocate Memory Banda and her inspiring personal story.

 

 

Tue, 02/27/2018 -
16:15 to 17:00

Hear the media talk about their views on humanitarian hot topics and development debates.

 

 

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

This session will feature journalist Andrew Mwenda and commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Ambika Satkunanathan.

 

 

Mon, 02/26/2018 -
15:45 to 16:30
Plenary session

This session will feature secretary of state for international development Penny Mordaunt and environmental activist Dr Vandana Shiva.

 

 

Mon, 02/26/2018 -
09:30 to 10:45
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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

An overview of how to get the most out of different funding streams and what you need to be aware of.

 

 

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

DFID’s Inclusive Societies Department provides updates on their funds, including Aid Connect, as well as their relationship with civil society.

 

 

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.

Main sponsors

Al-Khair Foundation is a UK-based international NGO that provides humanitarian aid and disaster relief to those in the world’s most deprived areas.

Main sponsor

INTL FCStone

INTL FCStone Ltd (IFL) specialises in transferring funds to the emerging markets and complex countries.

Main sponsor

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

Main sponsor

Penny Appeal logo

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.

Main sponsor and bag sponsor

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

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

Digital sponsor

D.A.I

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. 

Keynote, Connect strand, t-shirt, badges and lanyard sponsor and travel partner

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

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

Lead strand sponsor

SciDev.Net

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

Western Union Business Solutions

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

Operate strand sponsor

Exhibition

Humanitarian Academy for Development

The Humanitarian Academy for Development (HAD) serves the leadership, research and talent development needs of the NGO sector & beyond. The Research & Development (R&D) Department at HAD in particular seeks to carry out impact-driven research on humanitarian response and international development.

University of Bath

The University of Bath is a leading UK centre for research and postgraduate study in Development Studies, and is ranked in the top 50 in the world for Development Studies in the QS rankings.

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.

SPHERE logo

Sphere is an innovative Travel Risk Management solution, powered by Securewest International to enable you to protect your employees, volunteers, business and reputation worldwide.

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.

Western Union Business Solutions logo

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

Penny Appeal logo

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.

Aptivate logo

We are a not-for-profit IT consultancy delivering digital services for international development.

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

Location

Queen Elizabeth II Centre
Broad Sanctuary
Westminster, London
SW1P 3EE