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

We need to embrace failure in the workplace if we want to innovate. Here are three tips on using failure to succeed.
11 May 2017
Market in Ethiopia
Polling shows that although there are daunting problems many people in sub-Saharan Africa have significant hope for the future.
20 April 2017
Women carrying water from stepwell near Jaipur
The 21st century has seen new types of business models emerge as NGOs react to changes affecting them and their audiences.
19 April 2017

Case studies from our innovation library

Coffee Flour

Using coffee pulp waste as a food source

21 billion kilograms of coffee pulp waste is produced every year. Coffee Flour aims to eliminate this problem while at the same time improving economic opportunities in coffee-growing communities.
22 September 2017
Azraq refugee camp

Combining eye scan payments and blockchain to empower refugees

A trial project in Azraq refugee camp lets people use iris recognition devices to purchase food and goods.
4 July 2017
Azraq camp

The solar powered refugee camp

A solar plant in Al Azraq refugee camp in Jordan is helping to improve the lives of the people living there.
16 June 2017

Futures resources

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
Monarch Butterfly emerging from it's chrysalis
Over a year, the ICSC brought together a group of leaders and experts to explore the challenges and opportunities of a changing world. Be the Change identifies the main features of the kind of organisation culture required to adapt.
1 January 2015
A meeting in Ghana hosted by IDEO.org and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)
A step-by-step guide that will get you solving problems like a designer.
1 January 2015
Looking at evidence on a computer
A webinar explaining how to make use of standards of evidence and how to experiment and innovate while still maintaining quality.
8 December 2015

The future of development on Twitter

@CGDev
3 months ago

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

@gquaggiotto
3 months ago

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

@wef
3 months ago

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