Conference 2021

Over 3,000 people from over 80 countries joined us last week for our first ever online Bond Conference on 24-28 May 2021.  

We had 99 diverse speakers from NGOs, donors, civil society movements and government who came together to interrogate the future of the international development sector in the wake of Covid-19 and the UK’s changing role in the world.  

Our five-day virtual conference wastruly global in outlook and reach, providing access to thought-provoking sessions to people all over the world. Our Listen programme was devised by practitioners from lower- and middle-income countries. Each day delved into a crucial theme for civil society:  

  • Fund: harness funding trends and diversify income to build resilience 
  • Influence: forward-thinking policy, advocacy and campaigning   
  • Lead: transformational leadership and strategy to solve new challenges
  • Transform: action to address systemic issues and drive inclusion
  • Listen: local perspectives and solutions for locally-led development

Highlights and visual minutes

Read our blog on the top five takeaways from the conference. You can also check out the visual minutes from each day below:

Main sponsors

Al-Khair Foundation (AKF) is a UK-based international NGO that provides humanitarian aid and disaster relief to those in the world’s most deprived areas.

Cigna is a global health insurance provider dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security.

GeoPoll logo

GeoPoll is a global research organisation using mobile phones to remotely gather direct, real-time feedback from communities across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. 

Sightsavers is an international organisation that works in more than 30 developing countries to prevent blindness, restore sight and advocate for equal rights for people with disabilities. 

Small member Sponsor
StoneX logo

StoneX specialises in transferring funds to the emerging markets and complex countries.