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, Paralympian and crossbench peer Tanni Grey-Thompson, Kenyan human rights activist Maina Kiai, South African writer Sisonke Msimang,Indian activist Abhina Aher and Zambian Governance Foundation for Civil Society CEO Barbara Nöst will be providing plenary speeches.

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Do you have questions about the conference or want to know who to contact? Check out answers to some FAQs here [PDF].

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

Small member (< £2m annual expenditure): £195 (one day) / £295 (both days)
Large member (> £2m annual expenditure): £325 (one day) / £445 (both days)
Non-member (not-for-profit): £425 (one day) / £525 (both days)
Individual consultants/freelancers: £275 (one day) / £375 (both days)
Corporate/for-profit: £525 (one day) / £625 (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. Click here to view FAQs [PDF].

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

Plenary session

This will be a chance to hear from the secretary of state for international development, 18 months into her role.

 

 

Mon, 03/18/2019 -
15:30 to 16:15
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
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

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
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
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

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
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

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
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

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

 

 

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 -
11:15 to 12:45
Plenary session

This will be a chance to hear from the secretary of state for international development, 18 months into her role.

 

 

Mon, 03/18/2019 -
15:30 to 16:15
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
Plenary session

This will be a chance to hear from the secretary of state for international development, 18 months into her role.

 

 

Mon, 03/18/2019 -
15:30 to 16:15
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Main sponsors

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

Main sponsor

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

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

Chemonics

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

 

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

Exhibitors

Team Planet logo

Team Planet is a limited company established in Malawi in 2015.  We are experts in solar installations of all sizes from small-holder farmer to utility scale.  

Unit4 logo

Unit4 has specialised in software for service organisations since the early 1980s.

Utmost Corporate Solutions

Utmost Corporate Solutions has provided international employee benefits to NGO’s for over 30 years.

Brooke logo

Brooke is an international charity that protects and improves the lives of the working horses, donkeys and mules that give people in the developing world the opportunity to work their way out of poverty.

Every1Mobile logo

Every1Mobile is a digital and mobile services provider dedicated to improving lives through digital solutions - at scale.

Pragya

Pragya is an international non-profit organisation working for the sustainable development of remote and marginalised communities living in challenging environments on the fringes of society.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) was the first institution in the world dedicated to research and teaching in the field of tropical med

haysmacintyre

haysmacintyre are a leading top 25 firm of chartered accountants and tax advisers in central London, providing advice to entrepreneurs, fast-growing and owner-managed businesses, charities and not for profit organisations across the UK and internationally.

Reall logo

Reall is building an affordable homes movement which will improve the life chances of 100 million people in urban Africa and Asia by 2030.

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.

The Hague Business Agency

The Hague Business Agency is a government funded organisation specialised in economic development, investment promotion and Foreign Direct Investment in The Hague. 

Robin Heller International assist non-profit organisations in creating accountable, valued relationships with partners and donors to raise funds and thrive.

Unit4 logo

Unit4 has specialised in software for service organisations since the early 1980s.

Every1Mobile logo

Every1Mobile is a digital and mobile services provider dedicated to improving lives through digital solutions - at scale.

NGO Online

NGO Online is a cloud-based programme, project and grant management IT solution specifically designed for international humanitarian and development NGOs.

Donor Tracker

The Donor Tracker is an online resource that offers free, independent, up-to-date analysis of development finance.

Aptivate logo

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

haysmacintyre

haysmacintyre are a leading top 25 firm of chartered accountants and tax advisers in central London, providing advice to entrepreneurs, fast-growing and owner-managed businesses, charities and not for profit organisations across the UK and internationally.

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.

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

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) was the first institution in the world dedicated to research and teaching in the field of tropical med

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

Utmost Corporate Solutions

Utmost Corporate Solutions has provided international employee benefits to NGO’s for over 30 years.

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.

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.

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

Strategic Agenda logo

Strategic Agenda specialises in helping development organisations to get their message across in any language.

Brooke logo

Brooke is an international charity that protects and improves the lives of the working horses, donkeys and mules that give people in the developing world the opportunity to work their way out of poverty.

Pragya

Pragya is an international non-profit organisation working for the sustainable development of remote and marginalised communities living in challenging environments on the fringes of society.

Reall logo

Reall is building an affordable homes movement which will improve the life chances of 100 million people in urban Africa and Asia by 2030.

Trócaire logo

Trócaire provides humanitarian assistance and long-term support to communities in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

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

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.

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.

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.

GeoPoll logo

GeoPoll is a leading research organisation using mobile phones to gather direct, real-time feedback from communities. Our data helps international development actors make data driven decisions and adaptive programmes.

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.

Evenproducts

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

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

NITCO

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

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.

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.

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

Diversity Travel logo

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