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Children in Kabul
Recommendations for implementing Payment by Results mechanisms in programmes, based on research into the Girls' Education Challenge.
17 February 2017
Market in Danang, Vietnam
There were a number of common themes when speakers from four countries shared their experiences of the SDGs at a recent event in London.
15 February 2017
Digital thoughts
Digital is changing our world at a rapid pace - what are the disruptions on the horizon for NGOs and how can your CEO use digital to drive change?
13 February 2017
UK Europe economies
Speakers at a Bond event discussed the political and financial implications for NGOs of the UK leaving the EU.
9 February 2017
African countryside
One year on from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) coming into force, government representatives from Finland, Colombia, Germany, Uganda and the UK compared their experiences of implementing the SDGs.
8 February 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
Tamsyn Barton
Tamsyn Barton, formerly of DFID and the European Investment Bank, has been appointed as the new chief executive of Bond.
7 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
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
Theresa May speaking at the Girl Summit in 2014
Bond's Political Affairs Adviser, Ali Louis discusses some priority areas that the new government should focus on if Britain is to continue to play a leading role in helping the world's poorest people.
28 July 2016
Question mark on a typewriter
Bond's Head of Campaigns, Tom Baker, shares the questions he thinks he should be asking himself more regularly.
15 July 2016
Blue exit sign in German and English
It’s been a difficult few weeks. With the future uncertain after the Brexit vote, Tom Baker offers some advice for campaigners.
4 July 2016
John Kerry at Anti-Corruption Summit
Members of the Bond network respond to the Anti-Corruption Summit Communique released by the Cabinet Office.
12 May 2016
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
Palace of Westminster
The House of Commons International Development Select Committee (IDC) has published a report on its inquiry into DFID’s work on tackling corruption overseas.
25 October 2016
People in a field
At the risk of championing another buzzword that becomes meaningless after it’s been used in a thousand proposals, community foundations may offer an alternative to the top-down approach to development that many want to disrupt.
4 October 2016
Rt Hon Priti Patel, Secretary of State for International Development
Yesterday the new International Development Secretary faced Parliament for the first time; here is Bond's round up of DFID orals and her session with the International Development Committee.
14 September 2016
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
Child's hands under running water
This blog series presents perspectives on the meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Part 4 is by WaterAid's Clare Battle, and looks development effectiveness when it comes to water, sanitation and hygiene.
28 November 2016
Women at food stall in Nairobi
This blog series presents perspectives on the upcoming meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Part 3 is by Gideon Rabinowitz from Oxfam, and looks at the sustainability and transformative potential of the UK's aid.
24 November 2016
Women selling fruit and vegetables near Nairobi.
This blog series presents perspectives on the upcoming meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Part 2 is by Dr Fanwell Kenala Bo AFRODAD Executive Director and looks at implementing development effectiveness in Africa
24 November 2016
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
Scotland’s international development network, NIDOS, has announced the appointment of Jane Salmonson as its new chief executive officer.
23 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
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
Drone flying on horizon
In January 2016 our experts predicted a range of trends for the year. We look at which ones are starting to be realised and what they mean for international development. 
5 January 2017
Volunteers in a school
Restless Development share their experiences of making innovation a key part of their organisation, strategy and staff development.
4 January 2017
Boy in wheelchair
Richard Frost, CEO of Motivation, discusses the organisation's social enterprise approach to providing more wheelchairs to developing countries.
12 December 2016
hand holding grain, other hands reaching out
This year, Concord’s annual Aid Watch report finds that despite 2015’s high profile summits on sustainable development and finance for development EU aid is backsliding.
26 October 2016
farmers with hay
The Sustainable Development Goals have provided the global community with a platform to end poverty & hunger by 2030, however the Global Hunger Index has revealed that despite progress, at the current rate we will not be able to end hunger by 2030.
24 October 2016

In brief

Number crunching Parliament petitions

MPs will later debate two petitions about the state visit of US President Donald Trump, but what do online polls and their signatories say about the UK?

BBC 20 February 2017

EU registration options for NGOs: Preparing UK-based NGOs for Brexit

This publication explores the options for registration as an NGO or social enterprise in five countries in Europe to help organisations decide which may be most suitable for them. 

Advocates for International Development 13 February 2017

UK unprepared for exiting Europe's green legislation, says Lucas

Green MP Caroline Lucas says 1,100 pieces of environmental law need to be moved on to UK statute books before Britain leaves EU

The Guardian 13 February 2017

Should the UK help older people all over the world?

Age International believes that the UK’s commitment to helping the needs of older people worldwide should stand alongside and not be in competition with older people in the UK receiving the help they need.

Age International 10 February 2017

Foreign aid: why direct giving works

Critics of foreign aid spending have recently postulated that taxpayer money is being lavished on ineffective development initiatives. nfpSynergy disagree - find out why.

nfpSynergy 8 February 2017

Beyond Brexit: Time for a “British Trade Promise” on Free Trade Access

Having emphasised trade at the heart of its economic strategy on international development, the UK's trade policy now needs to commit to providing “duty free quota free” access for developing countries.

Center for Global Development 2 February 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

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