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

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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
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
Medical Aid Films video projection
Medical Aid Films share their recommendations for creating an innovative organisational culture.
7 July 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

Electricity-free refrigeration preserving food

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

Futures resources

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
A woman in Nigeria with a Hello Tractor smart tractor
Innovation is critical for organisations wanting to meet the scale of global challenges, increase their impact and stay relevant in a changing context.
19 April 2016
DIY Toolkit NESTA cover
This is a toolkit for inventing, adopting or adapting ideas that can deliver better results. It's quick to use, simple to apply, and designed to help busy people working in development.
5 January 2016

The future of development on Twitter

4 months ago

What’s the macroeconomic outlook for #Tanzania? Less #growth, more repression, explains @JustinSandefur. @IMFNews

4 months ago

"Government innovators are everywhere" - a gov't innovation manifesto by @davemosk ht @emmablomkamp #psilabs

4 months ago

The neuroscience on how to motivate a teenager