Futures: foresight and innovation

Climate change, demographic change, geopolitical shifts and the diversification of actors will require international NGOs to fundamentally rethink their purpose, their roles, and how they fund their work.

Bond's futures programme provides support to decision makers and innovators within the sector to create future-fit organisations and new models that meet changing needs.

 

Foresight and innovation news and views

Aerial highway
Research shows that organisations and leaders who take a long-term view outperform those who don't. What can you do to improve your future-thinking?
24 July 2017
We need to embrace failure in the workplace if we want to innovate. Here are three tips on using failure to succeed.
11 May 2017
Market in Ethiopia
Polling shows that although there are daunting problems many people in sub-Saharan Africa have significant hope for the future.
20 April 2017

Case studies from our innovation library

Hills in Rwanda

Zipline

Zipline, in partnership with the Rwandan government, uses drones to deliver blood products to hospitals and health centres in rural Western Rwanda.
24 April 2017
Ruth Jotua, 24, mum-of-two

ColaLife - learn to fail; don’t fail to learn!

ColaLife, a small UK-based NGO, worked with mothers to co-create a new diarrhoea treatment kit to save more children's lives across Zambia. They famously tried distribution innovation, but in the end it was their innovative product that was successful.
Satellite image

Using satellite image to unveil human rights abuses

Amnesty International has started to work with commercial satellite image providers to capture evidence of human rights abuses around the world.

Futures resources

This report explores the key tech trends that the world will experience in 2017. From Artificial Intelligence to Big Data, Bitcoin and Blockchain, FTI highlights how tech and innovation will influence various sectors in the year to come.
24 May 2017
Cells merging and adapting
Introduces adaptive management, when it is appropriate, what is required at a programme level to work in an adaptive way and what sorts of organisational, funding and partnership factors can it enable or hinder.
12 September 2016
Refugee camp İn Somalia
This edition of Humanitarian Exchange focuses on innovation in the humanitarian sector.
1 April 2016
Strong confident woman open arms to sunrise
ALNAP is a unique system-wide network dedicated to improving humanitarian performance through increased learning and accountability.
An analysis of Bond members’ innovation performance
12 July 2016
Stock market graph and bar chart price display
The 2016 edition of Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report covers today’s internet growth and an in-depth look at a range of issues.
1 June 2016

Signals of change

Healthcare innovations won’t cure global health inequality – political action will

Boosting developing nations' access to medical advances is top of the agenda at Berlin's World Health Summit, but will it improve healthcare for the poorest? Ben Ramalingham discusses.

The Guardian 9 October 2016

Global trends: falling income in advanced economies

Poorer than their parents? A new perspective on income inequality

Mckinsey&Co 26 July 2016

Reframing development in a dynamic global era

Development cannot rely on old, aid-related paradigms nor on their simplistic solutions. It must become both more universal and more transformative, while remaining grounded in the diverse realities of people's lives and their aspirations.

IDS Bulletin 26 July 2016

The future of development on Twitter

@WIRED
28 min ago

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