Changes to the environment, demographics, geopolitics and in the international development sector itself will have widespread ramifications for NGOs. 

Innovation is critical for organisations wanting to meet these challenges and stay relevant in a changing world. 

Our case studies give examples of our nine types of innovation in action. For more information on innovation check out our guide.

You can also read predictions for international development in 2017 from our panel of expert thinkers. 

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Telenor Khushhaal Zamindaar
Telenor Mobile Agriculture is using a two-phase programme to improve the situation for both smallholder farmers and the consumers who will buy their produce.

 

September, 2017
Evaptainer
Evaptainers, mobile evaporative coolers, require no electricity and could save billions in food waste.

 

September, 2017
Coffee Flour
21 billion kilograms of coffee pulp waste is produced every year. Coffee Flour aims to eliminate this problem while at the same time improving economic opportunities in coffee-growing communities.

 

September, 2017
Azraq refugee camp
A trial project in Azraq refugee camp lets people use iris recognition devices to purchase food and goods.

 

July, 2017
Azraq camp
A solar plant in Al Azraq refugee camp in Jordan is helping to improve the lives of the people living there.

 

June, 2017
Girl in Africa
AFRIpads produce reusable sanitary products to enable women to better manage their menstrual health and so reduce the impact that it has on their everyday lives.

 

May, 2017
Internews' News that Moves project works to provide refugees with independent, verified information on relevant issues, to help them cope with their transitions to a new country.

 

May, 2017
When the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone stopped all public activities, Child to Child adapted their programme to use child-led radio to deliver information on vital topics.

 

May, 2017
In a bid to reduce the amount of crops lost to pests and disease each year, the Plantwise project aims to provide local farmers with practical plant health advice to help them lose less crops and feed more people

 

May, 2017
Send a Cow's Taro project turned a widely used root vegetable into a sustainable source of food and income, helping to support farming communities in Southern Ethiopia.

 

May, 2017
Hills in Rwanda
Zipline, in partnership with the Rwandan government, uses drones to deliver blood products to hospitals and health centres in rural Western Rwanda.

 

April, 2017
Counting money in Somalia
How can the data generated from digital cash transfers be used to transform humanitarian programme design?

 

February, 2017
Watering
ACRE is using impact investing to bring about measurable social and environmental change.

 

January, 2017
Sightsavers broadcast live cataract surgery on social media to kickstart its largest ever fundraising campaign.

 

December, 2016
Ruth Jotua, 24, mum-of-two
ColaLife, a small UK-based NGO, worked with mothers to co-create a new diarrhoea treatment kit to save more children's lives across Zambia. They famously tried distribution innovation, but in the end it was their innovative product that was successful.

 

Satellite image
Amnesty International has started to work with commercial satellite image providers to capture evidence of human rights abuses around the world.

 

Virtual Reality
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is piloting the use of 3D printing and virtual reality technology.

 

Refugees in Hungary
Doctors of the World have created an app that uses smartphone technology to locate nearby clinics for refugees travelling through Europe.

 

 family beside a damaged house near Naglebhare, Nepal
This virtual reality documentary is part of Theirworld's #SafeSchool campaign, which highlights the tragic consequences for children whose education is neglected in the aftermath of an emergency.

 

Abstract pattern of intertwined colorful light beams
Mobil-Eyes Us uses live streamed video to connect people with the causes they care about, and to inspire action.

 

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For more information on Bond’s work on innovation or to suggest a case study for the library, please contact Beatrice Waddingham.