Trends 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 view of Shanghai
We look at whether our predictions for 2017 became reality.
21 December 2017
Delegate using virtual reality at event
Virtual reality immerses viewers in the story and is already being used by a number of international development agencies.
20 September 2017
Computer monitor numbers
Blockchain technology is predicted to be a disruptive force over the coming years. Here are some examples of how it's already being used in the international development sector.
7 September 2017

Case studies from our innovation library

Tablets pre-loaded with free learning content giving children access to an education

The Rumie Initiative aims to give more children access to education through low-cost technology and digital learning.
13 February 2018

Waste co-op banks fighting poverty and helping the environment

Over 2200 waste banks have opened across Indonesia, allowing local people to increase their incomes as well as cutting waste.
13 February 2018

Collecting real-time data to analyse the risk of drought

An integrated data tool called VAMPIRE is automatically analysing the extent of drought and who is at risk.
13 February 2018

Futures resources

Wildfire in American forest
This report from the World Economic Forum identifies and analyses the most pressing risks the world faces.
24 January 2018
Colourful digital blocks
It then explores four ways in which blockchain can be applied to hack the future of development aid and accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals.
11 January 2018
Futuristic city
This article looks at today's VUCA - Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous - world and why the challenges NGOs face are different to those faced in the past.
1 March 2017
The world of work is changing radically, with profound implications for livelihoods around the world. This tool will help you to run workshops to explore what future of livelihoods will be developing and emerging economies in 2030-2035.
6 December 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
Strong confident woman open arms to sunrise
ALNAP is a unique system-wide network dedicated to improving humanitarian performance through increased learning and accountability.

The future of development on Twitter

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