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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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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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

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

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

Main sponsors


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


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. 

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

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