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.

We provide leadership and insights on upcoming trends to help organisations adapt to a constantly challenging and changing environment.

Foresight and innovation news and views

Mantis app hacked
We ran an experiment using a fictional NGO to get organisations to think about how they need to change if they are to stay relevant in a rapidly changing world.
28 March 2018
Aerial view of Shanghai
We look at whether our predictions for 2017 became reality.
21 December 2017
World map networks
11 podcasts, blogs and websites to help you get your head around blockchain and its potential for the sector.
26 October 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

Building in Aarhus
At Bond’s Annual Conference in February 2018, we heard from five organisations who are challenging traditional development and humanitarian business models. 
1 May 2018
Mantis stand
A fictional, speculative development organisation was unveiled at the Bond Conference, but many of its innovative approaches and features are becoming real.
23 March 2018
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

The future of development on Twitter

@CGDev
6 months ago

What’s the macroeconomic outlook for #Tanzania? Less #growth, more repression, explains @JustinSandefur. @IMFNewshttps://t.co/lQAAN1b65d

@gquaggiotto
6 months ago

"Government innovators are everywhere" - a gov't innovation manifesto by @davemosk https://t.co/YdcQUrRGPl ht @emmablomkamp #psilabs

@wef
6 months ago

The neuroscience on how to motivate a teenager https://t.co/uuUQhukSd4 https://t.co/Wbv0hMDpG2