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. 

Highlights from 2019

Read our blog on the top 10 highlights from the conference.

Check out our visual minutes, a graphic representation of key themes.

View the plenary speeches and our highlights video on YouTube.

See the photos from the conference and the awards winners.

Check out #BondConf on Twitter.

Follow our podcast on Apple or Google Play to hear upcoming episodes from our conference speakers.

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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Influence strand

Governments and other powerful actors use different narratives that stigmatise and undermine the work of civil society to restrict basic human righ



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

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
Lead strand

2018’s safeguarding crisis threw the role of trustee boards into sharp relief. 



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

The last year has highlighted how challenging the responsibility and burden of leading a complex organisation is. 



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

After the media shone a spotlight on our sector’s safeguarding practices in February 2018, NGOs have been challenged on how they keep their program



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

Main sponsors

StoneX logo

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

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


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


Key Travel is a global Travel Management Company specialising in the humanitarian, faith and education sectors. 

International Development Awards 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



Evenproducts Ltd is a UK manufacturer of steel water tanks and water, sanitation and hygiene equipment.

Diversity Travel logo

Diversity Travel is an award-winning Travel Management Company specialising in the international development sector.

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

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