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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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 - 11:15 to 12:45
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
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

What does good inclusive digital development look like for organisations who are embedding digital technology into their programmes?



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
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

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


Aptivate logo

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

Strategic Agenda

Strategic Agenda specialises in helping development organisations communicate more effectively across different languages.

Toyota Gibraltar Stockholdings

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.

Practical Action is an amazing, unconventional, change-making organisation. We put ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

Oxfam is an international NGO that works with others to overcome poverty and suffering.

The Open University

The Open University (OU), the UK’s largest university, has been committed to international development for over twenty years.

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

INTL FCStone Ltd is an industry leader in providing cross-border payments solutions in exotic currencies.

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