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The latest news, blogs and opinions from across the international development and humanitarian sectors.

Bond experts, members and thought leaders from civil society provide the latest insights and trends across a range of topics, including: aid, funding, politics, Brexit, the SDGs, communications, public support, project management, leadership and civic space.

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Downing Street sign
13 June 2019
We look at some of the front-runners in the Conservative Party's leadership contest, and analyse the implications for international development.
City skyline at night
12 June 2019
Olivier Usher from Nesta explores the transformational implications of data-driven tech in international development, and asks the important questions: what it’s for and who benefits?
Big Ben under renovation
12 June 2019
The Labour Party has set out its plans for civil society should it win the next general election.
Men standing around a landed drone
4 June 2019
115 DFID staff across 37 countries identified what emerging forms of technology they think will most change development.
Money exchanged between two people in Kenya
30 May 2019
Working internationally in challenging contexts demands responsiveness and flexibility.
Plastic bottles amid wood and other waste
29 May 2019
How adopting a circular economy could be an answer to reducing plastic waste and tackling global heating.
Views of cities lit up at night from space
24 May 2019
Exploring the ethical questions surrounding how we use data to provide effective humanitarian assistance.
Women collecting wood in Sierra Leone
23 May 2019
The government's main messages from the Voluntary National Review, due to be delivered on 14 June, are welcome but lack detail and specificity.
Megaphone
8 May 2019
Nine recommendations for better advocacy, based on the experience of a campaign coordinating efforts to make the case for aid.
Youth activist dressed as a superhero in Berne, Switzerland
16 April 2019
Focusing more on hope and values in our communications could help us to shift public opinion about our work.
Women marching in Sao Paulo, Brazil
9 April 2019
Civil society advocacy has had lots of successes but our current strategies are not winning over enough to people to achieve structural change.
US government delegation talking to civil society representatives at the UN in Geneva
1 April 2019
As engagement between government and CSOs deteriorates, we highlight the potential dangers of government bypassing civil society, and the value of CSOs to formulating better public policy.
Indian trans activist Abheena Aher on stage at Bond Conference
21 March 2019
Key takeaways from Europe’s biggest international development event.
European headquarters of the United Nations
21 February 2019
The UN Association warns that the UK faces challenges in maintaining its influence once it has exited the EU, but highlights the importance of the 0.7% aid commitment to the UK's position.
Woman holding a placard on a march
31 January 2019
Asking ourselves why our advocacy doesn't work can hurt but it also helps us to understand what we need to do next.
Training being provided to mothers in Niger
16 January 2019
An amendment excluding aid and humanitarian actors from the "designated areas offence" has been passed in the House of Lords after campaigning by Bond and members.
UK aid in Burma
20 December 2018
A new report measuring aid effectiveness finds that the UK is beginning to fall behind when it comes to aid quality.
Corruption, non merci sign in Democractic Republic of Congo
10 December 2018
The Bond Anti-Corruption Group reflects on progress made and next steps for six of the key themes covered in the UK's Anti-Corruption Strategy.
Two people standing next to large world map globe
17 October 2018
Over 550 CSOs are publishing data to the IATI standard - here are four ways that data is informing the sector's work.
Roof of building look into sky - Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
3 July 2018
Being able to show transparent and accountable practice is important for NGOs but the way we demonstrate this varies.
anto-corruption sign in Zambia
10 May 2018
How we lobbied the government to decide that British overseas territories must adopt the same level of transparency as the rest of the UK.
Canoe
9 February 2018
We welcome DFID's new transparency strategy, but there are ways it still needs to be improved to better help civil society.
Bank of media screens
17 January 2018
With a recent survey finding that only 50% of people trust NGOs, here are recommendations to protect your organisation's reputation and rebuild trust.
World map networks
26 October 2017
11 podcasts, blogs and websites to help you get your head around blockchain and its potential for the sector.
City skyline at night
12 June 2019
Olivier Usher from Nesta explores the transformational implications of data-driven tech in international development, and asks the important questions: what it’s for and who benefits?
Men standing around a landed drone
4 June 2019
115 DFID staff across 37 countries identified what emerging forms of technology they think will most change development.
Money exchanged between two people in Kenya
30 May 2019
Working internationally in challenging contexts demands responsiveness and flexibility.
Fondation Chirezi
1 May 2019
Three ways that international NGOs and donors can support local CSOs to lead their own development agendas.
Indian trans activist Abheena Aher on stage at Bond Conference
21 March 2019
Key takeaways from Europe’s biggest international development event.
Meeting in Muzzafarpur, Bihar, India
13 March 2019
Three ways INGO research differs from other forms of research and the opportunities and challenges that it faces.
Two children playing with water in Chiang Mai, Thailand
28 February 2019
What is a theory of change and how can you go about developing one to support your NGO's strategy?
Tanzanian woman and child with computer learning about digital
12 February 2019
More and more organisations are endorsing the Principles for Digital Development, which help guide the effective use of technology.
Board meeting
1 May 2019
Guidance to help trustees and board members play their part in driving up safeguarding standards and protecting people.
Women waiting at health clinic in Laniar, Senegal
7 March 2019
Recommendations for mainstreaming gender at organisational and programme level.
Open plan office
5 March 2019
Many of us will need to give some things up if we are to achieve equality in the workplace.
Lighthouse by the sea
8 February 2019
Some of the ways the aid sector has stepped up to prevent exploitation, abuse and harassment over the past 12 months.
Unfocused shot of meeting
24 January 2019
Managing a crisis can be complicated, but organisations need to consider their people's wellbeing when planning their responses.
Fish on coral on Great Barrier Reef
8 November 2018
Oxfam GB's former deputy chief executive discusses the challenges facing big international development charities and shares her insights into how they can remain relevant.
People in an office
1 October 2018
Recommendations for cultivating an inclusive, supportive culture for NGOs.
Headshots of diverse people from around the world
29 August 2018
Despite the sector’s progress in tackling inequalities overseas, the UK charity workforce still needs to overcome challenges in diversity, inclusion and unequal pay.
EU flag in front of Westminster
9 May 2019
An update on the Brexit situation and what we want to see from the negotiations to ensure the best deal for the world's poorest people.
European headquarters of the United Nations
21 February 2019
The UN Association warns that the UK faces challenges in maintaining its influence once it has exited the EU, but highlights the importance of the 0.7% aid commitment to the UK's position.
European flags
5 February 2019
A new research study looks at how UK government funding of CSOs compares to trends in five other European countries.
Brexit flags
16 January 2019
Summarising the current Brexit situation facing the UK development sector, what might happen now and Bond's priorities for the year.
European flags
9 January 2018
The UK leaving the EU will have a big impact on civil society in both the UK and on the continent, but the sector should still work together to achieve common goals.
A young mother at awareness raising session in Mauritania
31 October 2017
With EU states missing the 0.7% aid spending target, the UK has an opportunity to influence the development work of fellow European countries.
Emergency food, drinking water and shelter to help people displaced in Rakhine State, western Burma.
21 July 2017
Bond's new research explores the different development and humanitarian opportunities and challenges for the UK and the EU post-Brexit.
19 July 2017
UK CSOs need mitigation strategies to survive a possible shortfall in EU annual funding as high as €356.9 million, shows Bond's new research.
Men standing around a landed drone
4 June 2019
115 DFID staff across 37 countries identified what emerging forms of technology they think will most change development.
Plastic bottles amid wood and other waste
29 May 2019
How adopting a circular economy could be an answer to reducing plastic waste and tackling global heating.
Swirl of barracuda
11 December 2018
Penny Lawrence looks at the structural and cultural changes multi-mandate NGOs can make to keep up with future trends.
Star Trail
12 July 2018
Digital continues to change the way NGOs work and communicate, with ongoing trends offering opportunities and challenges.
Mantis app hacked
28 March 2018
We ran an experiment using a fictional NGO to get organisations to think about how they need to change if they are to stay relevant in a rapidly changing world.
Aerial view of Shanghai
21 December 2017
We look at whether our predictions for 2017 became reality.
World map networks
26 October 2017
11 podcasts, blogs and websites to help you get your head around blockchain and its potential for the sector.
Delegate using virtual reality at event
20 September 2017
Virtual reality immerses viewers in the story and is already being used by a number of international development agencies.

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