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

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
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

Case studies from our innovation library

Bringing malaria diagnostics up to scratch

MOMALA combines an innovative new smartphone application and a microscope, to provide fast, accurate diagnosis of malaria
31 October 2017
Telenor Khushhaal Zamindaar

Empowering smallholders and consumers using telecommunications

Telenor Mobile Agriculture is using a two-phase programme to improve the situation for both smallholder farmers and the consumers who will buy their produce.
22 September 2017
Evaptainer

Electricity-free refrigeration preserving food

Evaptainers, mobile evaporative coolers, require no electricity and could save billions in food waste.
22 September 2017

Futures resources

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.
An analysis of Bond members’ innovation performance.
12 July 2016

The future of development on Twitter

@CGDev
1 year ago

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

@gquaggiotto
1 year ago

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

@wef
1 year ago

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