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

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
Woman looking out to sea
Conflict, climate change, the rise of new aid actors – the world will be quite different in 15 years’ time. New research suggests how INGOs can remain relevant in the aid sector of the future.
30 August 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

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
Global ideas and innovation concept
Experiences, insights and practical advice from more than 20 leading practitioners in innovation for international development, brought together in one collection
1 April 2016
Old tools on a wooden table
Nesta, The Open University and the Rockefeller Foundation have partnered to create DIY Learn, an online learning programme in innovation.
This research aims to develop a better understanding of the income profiles of UK-based INGOs, generate insight into their financial sustainability, and identify any trends associated with growth or decline in income.
26 April 2016

The future of development on Twitter

@CGDev
7 months ago

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

@gquaggiotto
7 months ago

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

@wef
7 months ago

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