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Alphabet soup
Get past the acronyms and buzzwords and there are still many potential pitfalls when it comes to commercial contracting - here are some recommendations for how INGOs can make a success of it.
20 June 2017
Azraq refugee camp
Handicap International's pilot project aims to improve information and understanding of refugees with disabilities.
20 June 2017
10 Downing Street
We review the general election result, the changes at DFID and what it might mean for international development organisations.
15 June 2017
Market stall holder in Uganda
Aid enthusiasts need to be better at explaining to the public what the foreign aid budget is being used for.
14 June 2017
Money
All charities need to understand the upcoming GDPR and changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice.
8 June 2017
General election debate
In the run up to the 2017 general election, Bond and ODI convened a debate between the major political parties to explore their views and policies on international development. 
2 June 2017
International development charities are quickly realising the potential of online match funding campaigns to raises thousands of pounds in just a few days.
2 June 2017
Children in Burkina Faso
Supporting families and parents is crucial to keeping children off the streets.
1 June 2017
Taking 40 minutes to calculate the cost of a tweet? We want to hear your experiences of how the Lobbying Act has restricted your work.
18 May 2017
Woman carrying placard
With the Lobbying Act now in force here's what you need to know to help you campaign within the rules.
5 May 2017
Houses of Parliament
The Prime Minister has called an early election to take place on 8 June 2017. We encourage organisations to familiarise themselves with the guidance on the Lobbying Act.
18 April 2017
Google AdWords
3 billion people use Google every day - the free Grants programme can increase visibility, volunteers and donations.
3 April 2017
Two Guatemalan women walking back to the village to bring the wood collected to cook dinner for the family.
Research from the Aid Attitude Tracker tracks public engagement towards global poverty. Overall, there has been a steady decline in participation. To sustain the UK’s role on global poverty, we need to be aware of trends and develop a new approach.
15 November 2016
People walking quickly
Find out more about our party conference events this year, which will focus on the future of international development post Brexit.
13 September 2016
The word reflect made out of bunting
Being a campaigner is hard work: the challenges are big and the world is changing apace. Alice shares her thoughts on how campaigners can avoid a burnout.
11 August 2016
Six hands making the peace sign
Changing people's behaviour is difficult. Alice Delemare shares some behavioural psychology tips for campaigners, gathered at a recent CharityComms event.
2 August 2016
UK aid being unloaded
An increase in aid during turbulent times is welcome but it is important that government departments have a rigorous focus on effectiveness, accountability and transparency.
7 April 2017
Lens
There are other ways to build trust in organisations rather than just increasing transparency requirements.
16 March 2017
The open source, decentralised database blockchain allows donors, aid agencies, NGOs and beneficiaries to operate transparent, agile and open networks
16 March 2017
End Corruption sign in Uganda
There is no quick fix to overcoming corruption in aid but there are some things we can do better - here are six suggestions for where to begin.
23 January 2017
Corruption is deadly sign in Uganda
With corruption being used as a reason to attack aid efforts, we look at how corruption affects development and what NGOs should consider to overcome it.
17 January 2017
Market in Oromia, Ethiopia
13 recommendations to improve the guidelines used by countries and civil society to report on progress made on the Sustainable Development Goals.
11 January 2017
Small child walking through a field
This blog series presents perspectives on the upcoming meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Part 1 is by Amy Dodd, Director at UK Aid Network and looks at aid effectiveness and what we can do to see progress.
24 November 2016
Children playing soccer
Since the signing of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) last year, countries have been getting to grips with this new, deeply ambitious agenda. The HLPF in July this year was the first chance to see what progress countries are making.
17 November 2016
We need to embrace failure in the workplace if we want to innovate. Here are three tips on using failure to succeed.
11 May 2017
Women carrying water from stepwell near Jaipur
The 21st century has seen new types of business models emerge as NGOs react to changes affecting them and their audiences.
19 April 2017
The open source, decentralised database blockchain allows donors, aid agencies, NGOs and beneficiaries to operate transparent, agile and open networks
16 March 2017
Imran A. Khan, chief global technical lead at Sightsavers, discusses how balancing space for experimenting with delivering projects is key to being an innovative organisation.
8 February 2017
Planning futures
Koy Thomson, chief executive of Children in Crisis, on innovative business models and why the sector needs to be challenged more.
1 February 2017
Multi coloured modern architecture
At a recent meeting of the Bond Futures and Innovation Group, participants explored business model innovation and how to go about it.
24 January 2017
Cash and vouchers being handed out in Nigeria
In response to criticisms of cash transfers we've rounded up some recent resources and opinions from social media showing their effectiveness.
4 January 2017
Impact
Now more than ever the sector needs NGO leaders that focus on impact. Bond provides insights on leadership and impact from its effectiveness programme.
21 December 2016
An aeroplane landing in Kenya
NGOs have a duty of care to reduce risk to their employees through assessment, informed decision making and preparation.
30 March 2017
Man and woman looking at a C.V. during a job interview
Advice and best practice on NGO job applications and interviews.
23 November 2016
Nick Hurd MP
Nick Hurd MP has been appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Development following the resignation from government of the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP.
28 November 2015
Portrait of young ghanaian woman
Cigna's new CoverN'GO Regional insurance plan is designed specifically for key local and third-country national staff in Africa.
28 October 2015
An all-male panel at the Global Summit of Women
Last week I received invites to three events with all-male panels. This alone should be enough to shock you. But the responses I received from the event organisers are more incredible. Read on to find out who won the misogyny prize!
26 October 2015
Justin Forsyth speaking at the London Summit on Family Planning
Justin Forsyth has announced that he will be leaving Save the Children in February after five years as CEO.
23 October 2015
Christine Stegling profile
Christine Stegling will replace Alvaro Bermejo as executive director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance when he steps down at the end of November 2015.
12 October 2015
Islamic Relief logo
Jehangir Malik, UK director of Islamic Relief, will be leaving the charity at the end of the month after 23 years at the organisation and eight years at its helm.
25 September 2015
People walking quickly
Find out more about our party conference events this year, which will focus on the future of international development post Brexit.
13 September 2016
farmers in India
Given the uncertainty around the UK’s future relationship with the EU, and the knock-on effect on the farmers and workers in developing countries who rely on exports for their livelihoods, how do we make trade sustainable for vulnerable economies?
31 August 2016
Polling station
During the final day of campaigning, we must encourage everyone to have their say and make sure our supporters consider the impact of their vote on tackling global challenges, says Bond's chief executive, Ben Jackson.
22 June 2016
Woman in Côte d’Ivoire
Linda McAvan MEP reflects on the European Year of Development and explains why the EU has a vital role to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
27 January 2016
Young refugee at Keleti train station in Budapest
In a joint letter, the heads of more than two dozen NGOs call on David Cameron to approach the new year with 'new resolve to address the appalling plight of refugees in Europe.'
4 January 2016
Speakers at a panel discussion hosted by Malaria Consortium
The World Health Organisation has launched the 2015 World Malaria Report, and Malaria Consortium hosted a panel discussion to look at what the EU can do to support malaria elimination within the timescale of the SDGs.
14 December 2015
Stack of euro coins
Many EU countries, including the Netherlands, Italy, Cyprus, and Portugal are exaggerating their aid spending by including "inflated aid", money spent in their own countries, in their official aid figures.
24 November 2015
Stacked pound coins
The French parliament has adopted a proposal to allocate 50% of the Financial Transaction Tax to the country's development budget, bringing to an end four years of cuts.
22 October 2015
We need to embrace failure in the workplace if we want to innovate. Here are three tips on using failure to succeed.
11 May 2017
Market in Ethiopia
Polling shows that although there are daunting problems many people in sub-Saharan Africa have significant hope for the future.
20 April 2017
Women carrying water from stepwell near Jaipur
The 21st century has seen new types of business models emerge as NGOs react to changes affecting them and their audiences.
19 April 2017
Future factory
The poorer the country, the more susceptible it is to job losses through automation. NGOs must ensure that new ways of working don't adversely affect the world's poorest.
31 March 2017
The open source, decentralised database blockchain allows donors, aid agencies, NGOs and beneficiaries to operate transparent, agile and open networks
16 March 2017
Wavy abstract design
Although new technology offers great potential for humanitarian and development work, more needs to be done to develop ethical standards.
15 March 2017
Robot in futuristic factory
Bond's Futures and Innovation Group explores tools and emerging technologies that could revolutionise NGOs' impact.
8 March 2017
Imran A. Khan, chief global technical lead at Sightsavers, discusses how balancing space for experimenting with delivering projects is key to being an innovative organisation.
8 February 2017

In brief

EU Infrastructure Funding Post-Brexit

This symposium is an opportunity to strengthen understanding of the implications, risks and opportunities for local and regional infrastructure funding and development, following the UK’s secession from the European Union.

Public Policy Exchange 30 May 2017

Draft EU position papers on Article 50 negotiations

The European Commission have produced two draft working paper's for Article 50 negotiations, addressing 'Essential Principles on Citizens' Rights' and 'Essential Principles on Financial Settlement'.

European Commission 29 May 2017

Brexit and UK International Development Policy

This article explores the implications of Brexit for the UK and the EU's development policies and strategic directions, focusing on the former.

The Political Quarterly 9 April 2017

Brexit: Implications and Impact

This overview of the EU and Brexit aims to provide participants with crucial knowledge of the Brexit negotiations and how UK stakeholders can influence them.

Dods Training 22 March 2017

How Brexit will affect charitable giving

UK - Charities Aid Foundation head of research Susan Pinkney says ‘no one really knows’ how Brexit will impact charitable giving, but the signs are not as pessimistic as doomsayers might imagine.

Research Live 15 March 2017

PM Commons statement on European Council

Prime Minister Theresa May gave a statement to Parliament on the issues addressed at the March EU Council meeting and next steps in preparing to trigger Article 50.

HM Government 14 March 2017

Baroness Northover: UK Aid - high impact, low cost

The instability fostered in the world by poverty, migration, climate change, conflict, must be tackled collectively, says Baroness Northover. 

Politics Home 2 February 2017

Air pollution more deadly in Africa than malnutrition or dirty water, study warns

Annual human and economic cost of tainted air runs to 712,000 lost lives and £364bn, finds Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, say John Vidal.

The Guardian 20 October 2016

Fully engaging the private sector in health systems development

Ron Askin on why public sector, private sector, and hybrid public-private partnerships must all participate to ensure a properly functioning health care system.

DevEx 11 October 2016

Healthcare innovations won’t cure global health inequality – political action will

Boosting developing nations' access to medical advances is top of the agenda at Berlin's World Health Summit, but will it improve healthcare for the poorest? Ben Ramalingham discusses.

The Guardian 9 October 2016

Why is it so hard for academics and NGOs to work together?

Reflections on how academia can do better in forging partnerships with international NGOs.

Oxfam 29 September 2016

Global trends: falling income in advanced economies

Poorer than their parents? A new perspective on income inequality

Mckinsey&Co 26 July 2016

"This is not a public service announcement"

Sho Konno from Restless Development blogs on what "communications for development" should mean in light of recent media attacks.

"This is not a public service announcement" 20 January 2017

Putting flesh on the bones of the new UK Aid Strategy

A summary and review of four recent DFID policy papers - the Research Review, the Civil Society Partnership Review, the Bilateral Development Review, and the Multilateral Development Review.

Simon Maxwell 16 December 2016

Brexit: lessons for global development governance

The paper from Simon Maxwell's keynote lecture at the Annual Conference of the Norwegian Association of Development Research, Oslo, 24-25 November 2016.

Simon Maxwell 27 November 2016

DFID Civil Society Partnership Review

The Scotland Malawi Partnership welcomes the publication of DFID’s Civil Society Partnership Review and is in broad support of report’s findings, its tone and content.

Scotland Malawi Partnership 7 November 2016

ActionAid statement on the Civil Society Partnership Review

ActionAid Chief Executive Girish Menon, comments on the Government’s Civil Society Partnership Review.

ActionAid 7 November 2016

Influencing for systemic transformative change: the ACCRA model

Margaret Barihaihi tells Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance's story to inspire development practitioners and partners in making long term impact in the lives of men and women affected by climate change and disasters.

Oxfam 20 October 2016

Humanitarian funding update April 2016

To meet the needs of 89 million people across 39 countries through humanitarian response plans, US$20.3 billion is required in global funding. This document pulls together the rest of the global figures as of 30 April.

Relief Web 3 May 2016

A brief introduction to Futures

Futures Studies is a practice and a field of study about the future. Sparksgrove gives a brief description of futures, highlighting why it is both useful and challenging.

Sparksgrove 4 April 2016

Evaluating the impact of flexible development interventions

Drawing on experiences of the Australia-Mekong NGO Engagement Platform and borrowing from the data-centred approaches of the commercial sector, Rick Davies argues that there is a useful role for "loose" theories of change and that they can be evaluable.

Monitoring and Evaluation news 31 March 2016

More than half of British public say FGM is a top women’s rights concern

One in two people say that female genital mutilation is one of their top women’s rights concerns. This comes above equal pay and employment opportunities and access to childcare in a list of nine key women’s rights issues, according to new research by ActionAid UK. 

ActionAid 10 February 2016

World Report 2015 - Syria

The Syria chapter of the Human Rights Watch World Report 2015, the organisation's annual review of human rights around the globe 2015.

Human Rights Watch 27 January 2016

UNICEF appeals for US$1.16 billion for Syria crisis response

UNICEF's Humanitarian Action for Children report 2016 is appealing for US$1.16 billion to fund the humanitarian response plan for Syria and the surrounding region in 2016.

Supporting Syria 26 January 2016

We can criticise and be proud of foreign aid at the same time

'If anything, we need more not less aid.' Harriet Lamb, Chief Executive of International Alert, and Bond Chief Executive Ben Jackson explain how, by working in developing countries to support their economies and societies, we are in fact making ourselves more secure.

Huffington Post 13 June 2016

Support commitment to humanitarian aid

Bond CEO Ben Jackson and Western Union CEO Hikmet Ersek, representing the voices of civil society and business, have written an open letter urgining MPs to express their support for the UK's commitment to overseas aid in the developing world at a debate in parliament.

Financial Times 13 June 2016

Leading aid agencies urge UK to stick to aid spending commitment

The Daily Mail highlights how aid from the UK has given "63 million access to water, sanitation and hygiene services."

 
Daily Mail 12 June 2016

Charities urge MPs not to cut back on overseas aid spending

In a joint letter to MPs, the leaders of 20 top NGOs argue that while accountability and value for money are fundamental issues which have to be looked at, cutting aid spending is not the best first step.

The Guardian 12 June 2016

Leading aid agencies urge UK to stick to aid spending commitment

In a letter to the Observer newspaper, leading NGOs have highlighted the achievements of British overseas aid, which they say improves and saves millions of lives every day.

Mail Online 12 June 2016

Where exactly does Britain's £12.2bn foreign aid go?

Developing countries still need help to combat the extreme poverty within their societies – and despite the arguments, the vast majority of Britons are supportive and believe the UK should uphold its promise to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income on foreign aid.

The Week 1 June 2016

Members' tweets

@Anti_Slavery
22 min ago

If you missed great news from Scotland on protecting #trafficking victims: https://t.co/yZ0DlKIPoO . When will the rest of the UK follow?

@lumos
23 min ago

Orphanage funding equivalent to entirety of #EU funding for #Haiti. We must be working towards #DI.… https://t.co/4mBGPeFBDJ

@theIRC
23 min ago

Don't miss @Google's video on https://t.co/6S2ddRv9E4, a vital resource for refugees on their journey to safety: https://t.co/0QXmI4BTz6