Conference and Awards 2019

The Bond Annual Conference and Awards is the biggest international development event in Europe, attracting over a thousand diverse people from across the international development and humanitarian sectors. NGOs, civil society leaders, researchers, funders, government and private sector come together to share ideas and interrogate emerging trends. 

18-19 March 2019
QEII Conference Centre, London, SW1P 3EE

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As civil society faces an increasingly complicated political environment and growing funding pressures, our two-day conference will challenge your thinking and stimulate debate around crucial current issues. You’ll get fresh insight from experts, exchange views with peers, and make connections across the sector. 

You’ll be inspired to tackle the key challenges and organisational issues facing our sector. You’ll also get new ideas and tools to help your organisation respond to the future.

As well as talks, workshops and networking events, the conference includes an exhibition of over 50 prominent sector suppliers and Bond members. The first day features the Bond International Development Awards, which celebrates the sector’s inspiring people and achievements.

Secretary of state for international development Penny Mordaunt, Paralympian and crossbench peer Tanni Grey-Thompson, Kenyan human rights activist Maina Kiai, South African writer Sisonke Msimang and Indian activist Abhina Aher will be providing plenary speeches, with more keynote speakers to be announced soon.

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Do you have questions about the conference or want to know who to contact? Check out answers to some FAQs here [PDF].

There are many sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available to help build your brand's profile and make new connections. Click here for more information.

30 sessions divided into 6 strands

Connect: strategic partnerships across different sectors to achieve your mission

Fund: funding, alternative financing and diversifying income from donors and government

Impact: adapting to political, environmental and demographic changes

Influence: the latest issues affecting policy, advocacy and campaigning  

Lead: effective leadership and strategy to drive your organisation forward

Nurture: cultivating effective workforces and inclusive organisational cultures  

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Pricing

Small member (< £2m annual expenditure): £195 (one day) / £295 (both days)
Large member (> £2m annual expenditure): £325 (one day) / £445 (both days)
Non-member (not-for-profit): £425 (one day) / £525 (both days)
Individual consultants/freelancers: £275 (one day) / £375 (both days)
Corporate/for-profit: £525 (one day) / £625 (both days)

Group bookings (3+ people) receive a 20-25% discount. To receive the group booking discount, all tickets must be of the same type (eg one day or two days). We also offer discounts for organisations outside the UK. Click here to view FAQs [PDF].

Bond members with an annual expenditure of less than £500,000 can receive a 50% discount, thanks to the support of Islamic Relief UK. These discounts are on a first-come-first-served basis and can be used for one ticket per organisation, contact us on 03456 522400 / [email protected] for more information.

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Sessions

Lead strand

In this session, we’ll examine the data on gender inequality and interrogate the barriers we need to overcome for a more equal balance in our sector’s leadership.

 

 

Tue, 03/19/2019 -
15:15 to 16:15
Influence strand

As the UK approaches its progress report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in June, civil society and other partners need to advocate for

 

 

Tue, 03/19/2019 -
15:15 to 16:15
Impact

NGO communications can inadvertently perpetuate stereotypes about the developing world and portray people in an undignified way. 

 

 

Tue, 03/19/2019 -
10:45 to 12:15
Lead strand

Global movements, funding vehicles or service deliverers - what will the role of UK-based INGOs be in the future?  

 

 

Mon, 03/18/2019 -
11:15 to 12:45
Connect strand

NGOs and private sector companies are working together to deliver more innovative and sustainable development impact for all.

 

 

Mon, 03/18/2019 -
14:15 to 15:30
Impact

We know that NGO advocacy plays a vital role in influencing policy-makers, but it’s difficult to prove when our efforts contribute to a government

 

 

Mon, 03/18/2019 -
14:15 to 15:30
Nurture strand

The recent safeguarding revelations have highlighted questions of how our organisations are led and the cultures that exist within them. 

 

 

Mon, 03/18/2019 -
14:15 to 15:30

In the opening session of the whole conference, hear from two passionate activists on development and inclusivity.

 

 

Mon, 03/18/2019 -
09:45 to 10:45
Nurture strand

Over the last year, many civil society organisations have worked to improve their safeguarding policies and practice. 

 

 

Mon, 03/18/2019 -
11:15 to 12:45
Connect strand

Sector leaders discuss how they're facing environment and development challenges head on within their own organisations, in the political sphere and through new types of partnerships.

 

 

Mon, 03/18/2019 -
11:15 to 12:45
Impact

With charities facing increasing scrutiny on how they campaign and what they can say publicly, it’s easy to assume that campaigning breakthroughs a

 

 

Mon, 03/18/2019 -
11:15 to 12:45
Influence strand

With Brexit looming, the UK needs to rethink its approaches to forming new partnerships with the EU. 

 

 

Mon, 03/18/2019 -
11:15 to 12:45
Plenary session

Hear a global perspective on development, with a particular focus on human rights.

 

 

Tue, 03/19/2019 -
09:15 to 10:15
Plenary session

The closing session of the conference will discuss development, exploring how we can work together and reminding us why we do what we do.

 

 

Tue, 03/19/2019 -
16:15 to 17:00
Nurture strand

The biggest asset any organisation has is its staff. 

 

 

Tue, 03/19/2019 -
15:15 to 16:15
Connect strand

How do you develop a consortium that is more than the sum of its parts and makes the most of everyone's strengths? 

 

 

Tue, 03/19/2019 -
10:45 to 12:15
Nurture strand

In today’s challenging world, NGOs need to become more agile and resilient to ensure their sustainability, growth and impact. 

 

 

Tue, 03/19/2019 -
13:45 to 14:45
Connect strand

This session explores the ways that INGOs can engage with research, from accessing and adapting existing research to commissioning and collaborating on new research, as well as conducting research in-house and providing research training.

 

 

Tue, 03/19/2019 -
13:45 to 14:45

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.

Main sponsor

INTL FCStone

INTL FCStone Ltd (IFL) specialises in transferring funds to the emerging markets and complex countries.

Main sponsor

Key Travel is an award-winning international travel management company, specialising in the humanitarian, faith and education sectors since 1980.

Main sponsor

Western Union Business logo

Western Union Business Solutions partners with customers to offer solutions that help organisations improve cross-border cash flow and international growth

Main sponsor

Other sponsors and partners

Chemonics

Founded in 1975, Chemonics is an international development consulting firm working in 70 countries around the globe.

Networking zone sponsor

Devex logo

Devex is the media platform for the global development community.

Media partner

Diversity Travel is a travel management company that provides unparalleled service, unique technology and specialist fares to the charity and not-for-profit communities. 


Refreshments sponsor

Islamic Relief is an independent NGO that responds to disasters and emergencies, promoting sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities.


Small member sponsor

 

Penny Appeal

Established in 2009, Penny Appeal is a humanitarian charity, working in over 30 countries worldwide. The charity provides aid to support nations crippled by on-going crises.

Conference sponsor

Exhibitors

GeoPoll logo

GeoPoll is a leader in providing fast, high quality market research from areas that are difficult to access using traditional methods, conducting o

The Charity Commission is the registrar and regulator of charities in England and Wales.

Mauve Group

The Mauve Group is a leading provider of Global Mobility Business Solutions and Consultancy Services.

Robin Heller International assist non-profit organisations in creating accountable, valued relationships with partners and donors to raise funds and thrive.

NITCO

NISSAN TRADING is the official Nissan and Renault vehicle supplier to International Aid and Development agencies.

NGO Online

NGO Online is a cloud-based programme, project and grant management IT solution specifically designed for international humanitarian and development NGOs.

Humanitarian Academy for Development

The Humanitarian Academy for Development (HAD), a centre of global excellence, serves the Leadership, Research and Talent Development needs of the International Development and Humanitarian sector.

University of Bath

The University of Bath is a leading UK centre for research and postgraduate study in Development Studies, and is ranked in the top 50 in the world for Development Studies in the QS rankings.

Donor Tracker

The Donor Tracker is an online resource that offers free, independent, up-to-date analysis of development finance.