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

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
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

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

Ideas on Earth
This report presents the synthesised findings from 15 case studies, examining what a successful humanitarian innovation process looks like, and what factors enable success.
1 April 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
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

The future of development on Twitter

@CGDev
1 week ago

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

@gquaggiotto
1 week ago

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

@wef
1 week ago

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