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Helping rural women farmers in Nepal's Terai
28 February 2020
A look at the final DAC figures for 2018. With overall spend going down compared to 2017, where has aid money been spent and who has benefited the most?
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds his first Cabinet meeting since his reshuffle in the Cabinet Room
27 February 2020
DFID survived Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle, but could government restructures and the upcoming integrated review divert UK aid away from reducing poverty?
Anne-Marie Trevelyan
13 February 2020
Conservative MP for Berwick Upon Tweed, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, has been appointed as secretary of state for international development, replacing Alok Sharma.
Delegates at Bond Conference 2018
12 February 2020
Tips to make the most out of Europe's biggest international development event.
Children in Sindh, Pakistan, play at a water pump in a village.
12 February 2020
In an increasingly competitive funding environment, it's crucial that INGOs diversify their funding models to remain sustainable. Here are five tips on how to do so.
British and Sierra Leonean medics work together at Connaught Hospital, Freetown
10 February 2020
As the UK exits the European Union, we have the chance to redefine what role we play on the world stage. But the right steps need to be taken to ensure "Global Britain" is a success.
"Hope" a CSO special plenary session hosted by UN Women
4 February 2020
70% of INGO staff are women, but only 30% of those women reach the top of their organisations. We look at the social and systemic barriers preventing women and women of colour from progressing in their careers.
30 January 2020
The government won't realise its vision of a global Britain if DFID is scrapped or merged with the FCO.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds his first Cabinet meeting since his reshuffle in the Cabinet Room
27 February 2020
DFID survived Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle, but could government restructures and the upcoming integrated review divert UK aid away from reducing poverty?
Anne-Marie Trevelyan
13 February 2020
Conservative MP for Berwick Upon Tweed, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, has been appointed as secretary of state for international development, replacing Alok Sharma.
British and Sierra Leonean medics work together at Connaught Hospital, Freetown
10 February 2020
As the UK exits the European Union, we have the chance to redefine what role we play on the world stage. But the right steps need to be taken to ensure "Global Britain" is a success.
30 January 2020
The government won't realise its vision of a global Britain if DFID is scrapped or merged with the FCO.
Leaders, country representative and key speakers at the UK-Africa Investment Summit
24 January 2020
Bringing together leaders of 20 African countries and UK government, the UK-Africa Investment Summit could be a game-changer for the world's poorest, but the devil is in the detail.
Snow leopards in the wild
22 January 2020
2020 is a time for important actions that will impact generations to come. Here are five global opportunities to protect nature, climate and people.
Downing street
18 December 2019
We look at the winners and losers from the general election following the Conservative party victory, and what this wholesale change could mean for international development.
The UN
18 December 2019
An analysis of the talking points and decisions from UN COP25 climate conference from the Development and Environment Group
Delegates voting at the AGM
19 November 2019
Laura Jump was confirmed as a trustee to the board, and new guidelines on the ethical collection of images and stories were added to Bond's charter at Bond AGM.
Runners on the street in the London marathon
12 September 2019
With over 160,000 registered UK charities, here are communications tips to get your small NGO noticed and reach the right supporters.
People at a conference
29 August 2019
Party conference season is back - here are some tips to get you through it and make the most of the advocacy opportunities.
Woman standing in front of a mountain with headphones in
29 August 2019
With podcasts increasing in popularity with audiences across the UK, here are some things to consider before starting your own series.
This is amazing, I love it." Portrait of Veronique Eulalie Rasoarimanana outside her home in Madagascar.
29 July 2019
It is not enough to ask if you can take someone's photo. A look at the importance of having conversations with the people you're working with before sharing their story.
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.
British newspapers
22 May 2019
Understanding how people use and view different media outlets can help NGOs tell their stories more effectively.
Megaphone
8 May 2019
Nine recommendations for better advocacy, based on the experience of a campaign coordinating efforts to make the case for aid.
Children in Sindh, Pakistan, play at a water pump in a village.
12 February 2020
In an increasingly competitive funding environment, it's crucial that INGOs diversify their funding models to remain sustainable. Here are five tips on how to do so.
Nana Afadzinu holding a workshop on #ShiftThePower
16 January 2020
NGOs in the global south often have to jump through hoops for foreign donors. They are bereft of power in many ways. How can we shift the power to make it more balanced?
Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia
9 January 2020
It is not about whether Africa needs investment. It is about what kind of investment, where, for who and how.
Last will and testament
23 October 2019
An estimated £3 billion was left in wills to charities last year. How can your NGO show people you're worth leaving money to?
Zoe Abrahamson, Juliet Chua and Graham Mackay open our Funding for Development Conference
10 October 2019
Highlights and takeaways from our third annual Funding for Development Conference.
EU and UK flags
17 September 2019
With no-deal brexit still a very real possibility, what can UK NGOs do to ensure they get access to DFID's assurance policy?
12 September 2019
ChildHope UK drew on the expertise of local partners to build a consultancy to deliver their mission and financial value.
The treasury
4 September 2019
Following chancellor Sajid Javid's announcement of the UK government Spending Round, what does it mean for international development?
Nana Afadzinu holding a workshop on #ShiftThePower
16 January 2020
NGOs in the global south often have to jump through hoops for foreign donors. They are bereft of power in many ways. How can we shift the power to make it more balanced?
"Ava" and her newborn baby at the IDP Camp, Bunia General Hospital, Democratic Republic of Congo 
15 October 2019
If we want to eradicate global poverty, we need to tackle the political and structural factors that are driving inequality.
12 September 2019
ChildHope UK drew on the expertise of local partners to build a consultancy to deliver their mission and financial value.
Children from World Vision peace club in Kenya
12 August 2019
Children and young people have the right to participate in policy decisions that effect them. How can we facilitate this?
Satellite image
8 August 2019
A look at some promising ideas and projects showing how artificial intelligence can potentially help with international development.
Pound coins stacked up
3 July 2019
DFID's new cost templates and guidance will allow NGOs to recover more grant costs, but barriers to full cost recovery still remain.
Child collects water from pump in Sierra Leone
25 June 2019
Governments must act with renewed vigour on targeted interventions on water, sanitation and hygiene to achieve Agenda 2030.
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.
ICRC providing clean drinking water at a refugee camp in Liberia
15 October 2019
We’re talking to Bond members and sector leaders to identify what the future should look like for the UK international development sector.
How do we plan for an uncertain future?
9 October 2019
We talk to Duncan Green of Oxfam GB about planning for the future when there is so much uncertainty
Satellite image
8 August 2019
A look at some promising ideas and projects showing how artificial intelligence can potentially help with 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?
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.
Islamic coins
28 February 2019
Islamic social finance has huge potential as a financial tool for the humanitarian funding gap, and now rivals conventional banking.
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.
Silhouette of road sign
7 February 2019
NGO leaders need to make brave decisions in order to adapt and evolve for the future.
"Hope" a CSO special plenary session hosted by UN Women
4 February 2020
70% of INGO staff are women, but only 30% of those women reach the top of their organisations. We look at the social and systemic barriers preventing women and women of colour from progressing in their careers.
Bond Conference 2019
18 December 2019
A look back at some of our achievements and accomplishments in 2019 across the international development and humanitarian sectors.
Locals working at food store in Apac District of Northern Uganda
22 November 2019
With civil society under threat across the world, 150 leaders came together at the Global Perspectives conference to explore new ways to help civil society organisations thrive.
Delegates voting at the AGM
19 November 2019
Laura Jump was confirmed as a trustee to the board, and new guidelines on the ethical collection of images and stories were added to Bond's charter at Bond AGM.
Simon Starling
13 November 2019
Simon brings over 20 years of international development experience to his new role.
ICRC providing clean drinking water at a refugee camp in Liberia
15 October 2019
We’re talking to Bond members and sector leaders to identify what the future should look like for the UK international development sector.
UN Women Hosts Brown-Bag Lunch with #BringBackOurGirls Campaign Coordinators
4 September 2019
With the UN General Assembly round the corner, a look at the gender equality SDG and how it can be achieved.
Alok Sharma
25 July 2019
Alok Sharma has been appointed as the new secretary of state for international development as prime minister Boris Johnson names his first cabinet.

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