Terms and conditions

The eligibility and judging criteria for the Campaign, Collaboration, Innovation and Transparency Awards. Please read carefully before submitting your entry.

Eligibility criteria

Entrants must:

  • be current members, associate members or international associates of Bond (this includes members' partners and extended family, but it must be the Bond member who makes the entry);
  • provide relevant information in line with the format required for entries;
  • understand that "project" refers to the work for which your are submitting an entry – this could be a campaign, a collaboration, an innovation etc;
  • read all supporting materials before submitting an entry;
  • submit their stage one entry before the deadline (18.00, Friday 9 September 2016)
  • be able to receive an award or commendation at the Bond International Development Awards 2017 ceremony on the evening of Monday 20 March 2017 should their project be shortlisted;
  • give consent for the information they provide to be uploaded onto the Bond website and used on Bond's social media channels;
  • give consent for potential media coverage of their organisation's project;
  • understand that the intentions for this initiative are to celebrate, share and publicly recognise the inspiring work of the Bond membership; and
  • understand that entries are submitted by organisations for a particular project, which must have been initiated within the last five years and either have finished within the last 12 months or be current and operational at the time of entry.

Judging criteria

To enter the Campaign Award, the Collaboration Award, the Innovation Award or the Transparency Award you must:

If invited to stage two you must:

  • submit a film no longer than three minutes, or
  • submit up to five visual supporting materials, for instance photos, graphics or storyboards. The materials must be visual so that we can show the winning entry during the awards ceremony.

Your entry will be judged on the following:

  • The narrative: how compellingly you tell the project story
  • The currency of the project: interpretation of, and response to, current global challenges
  • The reach of the project: who and how many people were affected
  • The impact of the project: likelihood of impact and sustainability

Notes for entrants

  • Any voice, or any number of voices, can tell the story of your project.
  • For stage two submissions, you are free to use the three minute film or your visuals to focus on what is inspiring about the project. The details of the project will have been covered in the stage one submission.
  • For stage two submissions, if submitting a film, please note that films can be simple and straightforward to make – at a minimum, all that's needed is access to a smartphone. If submitting a film, it will be judged on the story they tell not on the production values.
  • The most important thing to remember is to tell an inspiring story.
  • Entrants are free to use the award name, the name of Bond and the sponsor's name in their publicity in relation to the award.

Judging process

  • Judges will be experts in the field of international development, with particular experience in the area of each award. They will select the shortlist and choose winners.
  • Only entries submitted via the appropriate online entry form will be considered.
  • All information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence – all judges are required to sign non-disclosure agreements.
  • Each category will have a shortlist of three, one overall winner and two runners up.
  • Judges will evaluate each entry against the criteria, using their own discretion based on their relevant expertise.
  • In the event of a draw, judges will deliberate until they agree on a winner.
  • Judges decisions are final and binding.
  • No correspondence will be entered into relating to the final decision.
  • If it is found that any entrant has knowingly provided false information, Bond reserves the right to disqualify the entry.

Award sponsors

Entrants must:

  • agree that overall winners and those highly commended will be cited with the name of Bond and the sponsor's name in the sponsor's publicity in relation to the award;
  • understand that the sponsor will co-present the awards to the winners and runner up at the award ceremony;
  • understand that the cost of the awards is covered by sponsorship and individual awards may or may not be sponsored; and
  • understand that the sponsors are not included in the judging panel and are not able to influence the judging panel in any way.


The awards build upon Bond members' belief in the following approach to development cooperation:

  • Taking a professional approach to their work
  • Supporting southern partners to strengthen their capacities
  • Supporting the empowerment of disadvantaged groups, helping them to become independent and self-reliant and to reach their full potential
  • Working to reduce gender inequalities
  • Using responsible fundraising methods
  • Ensuring that the results of their actions are sustainable
  • Engaging in development education, awareness raising and advocacy in the north
  • Using their bridging capacity to link different sectors of society and, where appropriate, to work in partnership across countries and communities to share resources and responsibility