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.

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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

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
Plenary session

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



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

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



Mon, 03/18/2019 - 09:30 to 10:45
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

This session looks at the importance of investing in your staff’s talents and wellbeing.



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

Speakers from the private sector, civil society and academia talk about their experiences of forming consortia and delivering programmes together with multiple partners.



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
Fund session

Cut through donor rhetoric to understand funding priorities and identify the right opportunities for your organisation.



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
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
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
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


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



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

NGO Online

NGO Online is a cloud-based program, 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 independent website that seeks to advance sustainable development by providing advocates with easy access to high-quality quantitative and qualitative strategic information on 14 major OECD donors (including UK), covering over 80% of the world’s official development assistance. 

Securewest International logo

Securewest International provide travel risk management services which enable organisations to prepare, safeguard and respond in line with their travel policy and insurance requirements.

Humanitarian Leadership Academy

The Humanitarian Leadership Academy is a global learning initiative set up to facilitate partnerships and collaborative opportunities to enable people to prepare for and respond to crises in their own countries. 

Western Union Business Solutions logo

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

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.