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 and Kenyan human rights activist Maina Kiai will be providing plenary speeches, with more keynote speakers to be announced soon.

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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

Flat fee for small members
Small member (< £2m annual expenditure): £195 (one day) / £295 (both days)

Earlybird prices (from 19 Nov until 31 Dec)
Large member (> £2m annual expenditure): £275 (one day) / £395 (both days)
Non-member (not-for-profit): £395 (one day) / £495 (both days)

Flat fee throughout
Individual consultants/freelancers: £275 (one day) / £375 (both days)
Corporate/for-profit: £525 (one day) / £625 (both days)

Standard prices (from 1 Jan)
Large member (> £2m annual expenditure): £325 (one day) / £445 (both days)
Non-member (not-for-profit): £425 (one day) / £525 (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.

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

Nurture strand

Despite our commitment to local development, we have still not redressed the imbalance of power, resources and funds between northern and southern

 

 

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

Have NGOs done the public a disservice by oversimplifying the complexity of development and aid via the media? 

 

 

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

As traditional grants dry up, NGOs need to find innovative ways to fund their programmes.

 

 

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

INGOs connect with local people in different ways, whether directly on the ground, through national offices or with local partners.

 

 

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

Can the largest NGOs in our sector truly be international, multi-mandate and agile?

 

 

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

INGOs connect with local people in different ways, whether directly on the ground, through national offices or with local partners.

 

 

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

Research plays a critical role in contributing to development and humanitarian practice across sectors, but researchers and practitioners often str

 

 

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

On the road to 2020, it’s more important than ever that those working on environment and development take shared approaches to tackle the world’s m

 

 

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

As traditional grants dry up, NGOs need to find innovative ways to fund their programmes.

 

 

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

Getting funds and resources to people in places experiencing violent conflict can be far from straightforward.

 

 

Tue, 03/19/2019 -
15:15 to 16:15
Fund session

NGOs need to mainstream gender, disability, age and sexuality across their organisations for truly inclusive programming that goes beyond donor che

 

 

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

What is the role of donors beyond giving money and does it hinder international development?

 

 

Tue, 03/19/2019 -
10:45 to 12:15
Fund session

Donors talk about participatory programme development, beneficiary feedback and funding local partners, but in reality they restrict NGO work throu

 

 

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

Can the largest NGOs in our sector truly be international, multi-mandate and agile?

 

 

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

As big tech like blockchain and AI enters our sector, how do we balance people's rights with the rush for change and efficiency? 

 

 

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

Have NGOs done the public a disservice by oversimplifying the complexity of development and aid via the media? 

 

 

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

Protracted crises are the most difficult, complex humanitarian crises for NGOs to operate in.

 

 

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

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
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
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
Nurture strand

Despite our commitment to local development, we have still not redressed the imbalance of power, resources and funds between northern and southern

 

 

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

The biggest asset any organisation has is its staff. 

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

Main sponsors

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

Penny Appeal logo

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

Conference 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

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

Exhibitors

Reelmedia Film

Established in 2001, Reelmedia Film is an award-winning production studio, working to produce innovative content for clients, primarily in the deve

Agenda Consulting

Agenda Consulting is a research consultancy helping not-for-profit organisations develop and sustain the highest levels of employee and volunteer e

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.

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.

Aptivate logo

We are a not-for-profit IT consultancy delivering digital services for international development.

TGS are Toyota Motor Corporation's official suppliers of ex-stock Toyota vehicles and parts to aid and humanitarian agencies working in emergency and development projects worldwide.

Agenda Consulting

Agenda Consulting is a research consultancy helping not-for-profit organisations develop and sustain the highest levels of employee and volunteer e

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.

Aptivate logo

We are a not-for-profit IT consultancy delivering digital services for international development.

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

The Open University's international development projects across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia combine the institution's expertise in high-quality education on a massive scale with practical implementation plans. 

Reelmedia Film

Established in 2001, Reelmedia Film is an award-winning production studio, working to produce innovative content for clients, primarily in the deve

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

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

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.

ILS is committed to the safety and security of international development and humanitarian relief professionals though the delivery of advice, support, equipment and training.

TGS are Toyota Motor Corporation's official suppliers of ex-stock Toyota vehicles and parts to aid and humanitarian agencies working in emergency and development projects worldwide.