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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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.

 

Drinking water from an outdoor tap
Oxfam is working with iMakr to investigate how 3D printers can help in emergencies.

 

Tropical storm
MiCRO offers catastrophe insurance to people in Haiti to help them rebuild their lives after an environmental disaster.

 

Children in Ghana
Family for Every Child is pioneering a new approach to tackling the challenges that children face when they don't have the protection of a caring family. It has created a global alliance, bringing together the knowledge and resources of 21 organisations across 20 countries.

 

Carp pond
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is launching a programme to find and scale the world’s best environmental innovations.

 

Currency series
Rebit.ph is using bitcoin to make sending money to the Philippines cheaper and easier.

 

Internally displaced Syrians, an adult and children, at a camp for displaced persons near the Turkish border in Atmeh, Syria
First Mile Geo is a robust, user-friendly interface that has been used in Syria to record and visualise data about the conflict.

 

High angle view of many hardback books
The Quipu Project is an interactive platform where victims can share their stories of being sterilised.

 

Newborn baby
The International Planned Parenthood Federation doubled the number of sexual and reproductive health services that its member associations provided by implementing a performance-based funding structure.

 

Two young girls stand outside some of the many tents housing internally displaced Syrians in an olive grove in Atmeh, Syria
In partnership with World Vision, Field Ready is creating an innovation lab in Nepal so that local people can use 3D printing technologies.

 

Mother holding young baby in The Gambia
Mothers2Mothers employs mothers living with HIV to mentor other HIV-positive mothers to take care of themselves and their babies.

 

Maturing process of a tomato
Hand in Hand Eastern Africa's Enterprise Incubation Fund raises money from organisations and private donors to lend to Kenya’s small businesses.

 

Colorful handprints
Amnesty International has created a free massive open online course (MOOC) to help people defend their right to freedom of expression.

 

Indian girl learning
Oxfam is leading a campaign to build awareness of the The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. SocialCops is growing its data sources whilst also partnering with NGOs and private companies to help them improve their data collection.

 

 A young woman videos actio on her mobile phone
Stanford University’s Program on Liberation Technology is using mobile technology to send information to people's phones about what food and other vital materials they're entitled to.

 

Fixing a motorcycle
SafeMotos is designed to make it easier and safer to take motorcycle taxis in Rwanda.

 

Demonstrating healthy eating with local produce
The mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) project enables people to share information about their food security using a mobile phone.

 

Mosque
The Kite Patch is designed to make humans invisible to mosquitoes by blocking the insects' ability to detect people's carbon dioxide.

 

Bubbles are connected with colorful arrows on blackboard
Transparency International launched a new initiative to analyse social media to understand public sentiments about corruption.

 

Ebola survivor looks out over Freetown
On Our Radar trained citizen journalists in Sierra Leone to report on the Ebola crisis. They were able to capture what every day life was like and report breaking news.

 

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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.