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 

View full programme

Sessions

This session delves into organisations’ different approaches to ensure the most marginalised are reached by development progress.

 

 

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

Explore the UK's global role in achieving its international development mission from a government and civil society perspective.

 

 

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

This session brings together different government departments spending ODA and the organisations accessing their funding.

 

 

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

Find out how organisations are reshaping how development is done and why you should take them seriously.

 

 

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

Which digital developments are being utilised in humanitarianism, such as big data, machine learning, drones and satellite imagery processing, crowd-computing, blockchain and identification tools.

 

 

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

This session looks at how we as a sector can work with southern partners to help them better lead their own development.

 

 

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

This session looks at how we as a sector can work with southern partners to help them better lead their own development.

 

 

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

Learn how this revolutionary technology works and what types of development projects it will add real value to.

 

 

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

Learn about businesses' key drivers for engaging with CSOs and how to translate these into achieving your mission.

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

This session brings together different government departments spending ODA and the organisations accessing their funding.

 

 

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

Interpret funding trends and generate ideas for investing in new income areas.

 

 

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

Hear from organisations who are using impact investment to grow their organisation and boost their impact.

 

 

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

Find out what organisations have been doing to increase their public fundraising at this panel session.

 

 

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

This session delves into organisations’ different approaches to ensure the most marginalised are reached by development progress.

 

 

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

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

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

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

Explore the UK's global role in achieving its international development mission from a government and civil society perspective.

 

 

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

In this session, three speakers from large agencies will look at the implications of recent news stories for how we work and what needs to change.

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

Find out how organisations are reshaping how development is done and why you should take them seriously.

 

 

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

Find out what skills your NGO needs to stay motivated and effective to deliver your mission in challenging times.

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Which digital developments are being utilised in humanitarianism, such as big data, machine learning, drones and satellite imagery processing, crowd-computing, blockchain and identification tools.

 

 

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

This session explores three areas of an organisation that are crucial for creating an adaptive and agile organisation, namely strategic finance, te

 

 

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

Find out how agile approaches will help you bring about more flexible operations that respond to changes in the sector.

 

 

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

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
Plenary session

This session will feature conflict communications expert Patricia Mouamar and CNN correspondent Arwa Damon.

 

 

Tue, 02/27/2018 -
09:15 to 10:15
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
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

This session delves into organisations’ different approaches to ensure the most marginalised are reached by development progress.

 

 

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

Explore the UK's global role in achieving its international development mission from a government and civil society perspective.

 

 

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

Find out how organisations are reshaping how development is done and why you should take them seriously.

 

 

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

Learn about businesses' key drivers for engaging with CSOs and how to translate these into achieving your mission.

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

This session brings together different government departments spending ODA and the organisations accessing their funding.

 

 

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

Which digital developments are being utilised in humanitarianism, such as big data, machine learning, drones and satellite imagery processing, crowd-computing, blockchain and identification tools.

 

 

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

This session looks at how we as a sector can work with southern partners to help them better lead their own development.

 

 

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

This session will feature conflict communications expert Patricia Mouamar and CNN correspondent Arwa Damon.

 

 

Tue, 02/27/2018 -
09:15 to 10:15

Learn how this revolutionary technology works and what types of development projects it will add real value to.

 

 

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

Find out what skills your NGO needs to stay motivated and effective to deliver your mission in challenging times.

 

 

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

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

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

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

Mantis Systems

We are a new organisation for a volatile and uncertain world. Our mission is to pre-emptively stop global risks from converging into future catastrophes.

The Charity Commission is the registrar and regulator of charities in England and Wales.

Mauve Group

The Mauve Group is a leading provider of Global Mobility Business Solutions and Consultancy Services.

Human Appeal

With a presence in 25 countries, spanning Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the UK, Human Appeal helps in times of crisis and delivers sustainable development programmes in the world’s poorest nations.

The Hague Business Agency

The Hague Business Agency is a government funded organisation specialised in economic development, investment promotion and Foreign Direct Investment in The Hague.

Robin Heller International assist non-profit organisations in creating accountable, valued relationships with partners and donors to raise funds and thrive.

Devex logo

Devex is the media platform for the global development community.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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

Our mission: saving sight, changing lives and building a brighter, safer future.

Mauve Group

The Mauve Group is a leading provider of Global Mobility Business Solutions and Consultancy Services.

The Hague Business Agency

The Hague Business Agency is a government funded organisation specialised in economic development, investment promotion and Foreign Direct Investment in The Hague.

Robin Heller International assist non-profit organisations in creating accountable, valued relationships with partners and donors to raise funds and thrive.

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

NGO Online

NGO Online is a cloud-based program, project and grant management IT solution specifically designed for international humanitarian and development NGOs.

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.

Aptivate logo

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

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.

Primary Sponsor INTL FCStone Ltd provides a customised Foreign Exchange and treasury service to organisations in more than 140 currencies.

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

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

Oxford HR has been the leading Executive Search consultancy, working exclusively in the international not-for-profit sector, since 1995.

Clements Worldwide is the leading provider of insurance solutions for expatriates and international organisations.

Practical Action Publishing

Practical Action Publishing has been distributing and publishing books and journals on international relief and development policy and practice since 1974.

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.

Scriptoria logo

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

The Open University's international development projects across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia combine the institution's expertise in high-quality education on a massive scale with practical implementation plans. 

Strategic Agenda specialises in translating, editing and designing multilingual publications for NGOs and international development agencies.

Imres

Imres strives to make a difference by supplying high quality and affordably priced pharmaceuticals, medical consumables, hospital equipment and medical kits. 

Mantis Systems

We are a new organisation for a volatile and uncertain world. Our mission is to pre-emptively stop global risks from converging into future catastrophes.

The Charity Commission is the registrar and regulator of charities in England and Wales.

Human Appeal

With a presence in 25 countries, spanning Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the UK, Human Appeal helps in times of crisis and delivers sustainable development programmes in the world’s poorest nations.

Our mission: saving sight, changing lives and building a brighter, safer future.

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to criticism, whose laws and policies are open to debate and correction, and whose political institutions are open to the participation of all people.

RNLI

Since 2012, the RNLI has been working internationally to share learning and experience to reduce drowning, especially those in low and middle income countries in Asia and Africa, which carry the greatest drowning burden. 

Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger's MEL Services works to improve the NGO sector’s ability to learn, adapt, and change efficiently and effectively by supporting programmes and organisations in generating, managing and disseminating their knowledge.

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.

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.

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.

Evenproducts has supplied emergency drinking water supply kits and sanitation equipment for 20 years.

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

NITCO

NITCO, is the official NISSAN and RENAULT supplier, providing an integrated service, including production order processing, logistics, vehicle handover at destination and local after-sales support. 

Blue Water Shipping

Blue Water Shipping assists in the Aid & Development Logistics projects along with the many humanitarian aid organizations and their partners to improving and saving lives wherever needed.

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.

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.

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

Diversity Travel logo

Diversity Travel is an award-winning Travel Management Company specialising in the international development sector.

Location

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