Terms and conditions for International Development Awards 2018

The criteria and judging process outlined below applies for the Fundraising Campaign Award, the Advocacy Campaign Award, the Collaboration Award, the Corporate Partnership Award, the Innovation Award or the Governance Award.

There is different criteria for the Humanitarian Award and Volunteer Award - click here.

Eligibility criteria

Entrants must:

  • be current members, associate members or international associates of Bond (this includes members' partners and extended family, but it must be the Bond member who makes the entry);
  • provide relevant information in line with the format required for entries;
  • understand that "project" refers to the work for which your are submitting an entry – this could be a campaign, a collaboration, an innovation etc;
  • read all supporting materials before submitting an entry;
  • submit their full entry before the deadline (5.00pm, Friday 13 October 2017)
  • be able to receive an award or commendation at the Bond International Development Awards 2018 ceremony on the evening of Monday 26 February 2018 should their project be shortlisted;
  • give consent for the information they provide to be uploaded onto the Bond website and used on Bond's social media channels;
  • give consent for potential media coverage of their organisation's project;
  • understand that the intentions for this initiative are to celebrate, share and publicly recognise the inspiring work of the Bond membership; and
  • understand that entries are submitted by organisations for a particular project, which must have been initiated within the last five years and either have finished within the last 12 months or be current and operational at the time of entry.

Judging criteria

To enter the Fundraising Campaign Award, the Advocacy Campaign Award, the Collaboration Award, the Corporate Partnership Award, the Innovation Award or the Governance Award you must:

  • answer all questions in the entry form.


  • submit a film no longer than two minutes,
  • or submit up to five visual supporting materials, for instance photos, graphics or storyboards. The materials must be visual so that we can show the shortlisted entries during the awards ceremony.

Your entry will be judged on the following:

  • The narrative: how compellingly you tell the project story
  • The currency of the project: interpretation of, and response to, current global challenges, including your theory of change*
  • The reach of the project: who and how many people were affected and how you measured this
  • The impact of the project: likelihood of impact and sustainability


  • Collaboration award: The success of the collaboration - did the project deliver on its objectives because of the collaboration 
  • Advocacy Campaign award: The endorsements - what endorsements did the campaign garner at the start and how did this change by the end

The Governance award will be judged on a different set of criteria:

  • The narrative: how compellingly you tell the project story
  • The objectives of your initiative: what you are trying to change, how is this being planned and implemented
  • The evidence of your initiative: evidence of improving or improved outcomes
  • The impact of the initiative: evidence of commitment to a high accountability standards
  • The long-term implementation of the initiative: how are you ensuring the initiative will be sustainable

*theory of change to be included in the summary of your project for the Innovation, Advocacy Campaign and Fundraising Campaign award.

Notes for entrants

  • Any voice, or any number of voices, can tell the story of your project.
  • For the visuals, you are free to use the two minute film or your visuals to focus on what is inspiring about the project and how you met your objectives. The deeper details of the project will have been covered in the entry form.
  • For the film, please note that films can be simple and straightforward to make – at a minimum, all that's needed is access to a smartphone. If submitting a film, it will be judged on the story they tell not on the production values. 
  • The most important thing to remember is to tell us what your aim of the project was, and how your met your aims whilst being an inspiring story.
  • Entrants are free to use the award name, the name of Bond and the sponsor's name in their publicity in relation to the award.

Judging process

Judges will be experts in the field of international development, with particular experience in the area of each award. They will select the shortlist and choose winners.

  • Only entries submitted via the appropriate online entry form will be considered.
  • All information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence – all judges are required to sign non-disclosure agreements.
  • Each category will have a shortlist of three, one overall winner and two runners up.
  • Judges will evaluate each entry against the criteria, using their own discretion based on their relevant expertise.
  • In the event of a draw, judges will deliberate until they agree on a winner.
  • Judges decisions are final and binding.
  • No correspondence will be entered into relating to the final decision.
  • If it is found that any entrant has knowingly provided false information, Bond reserves the right to disqualify the entry.

Award sponsors

Entrants must:

  • agree that overall winners and those highly commended will be cited with the name of Bond and the sponsor's name in the sponsor's publicity in relation to the award; 
  • understand that the sponsor will co-present the awards to the winners and runner up at the award ceremony;
  • understand that the cost of the awards is covered by sponsorship and individual awards may or may not be sponsored;
  • and understand that the sponsors are not included in the judging panel and are not able to influence the judging panel in any way.


The awards build upon Bond members' belief in the following approach to development cooperation:

  • Taking a professional approach to their work
  • Supporting southern partners to strengthen their capacities
  • Supporting the empowerment of disadvantaged groups, helping them to become independent and self-reliant and to reach their full potential
  • Working to reduce gender inequalities
  • Using responsible fundraising methods
  • Ensuring that the results of their actions are sustainable
  • Engaging in development education, awareness raising and advocacy in the north
  • Using their bridging capacity to link different sectors of society and, where appropriate, to work in partnership across countries and communities to share resources and responsibility