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Earth day illustration depicting world unity
26 April 2022
If a new approach to equality and development were to gain traction in the UK, it could have a lasting impact on how global solidarity is viewed and enacted by the rest of Europe and even the world.
Boris Johnson accompanied by the Home Secretary Priti Patel visit North Yorkshire Police HQ.
25 April 2022
With the nationality and borders bill edging closer to becoming law in the UK, Tahira Kulsoom of the Aid Alliance is asking a pretty fundamental question—what will it take to be accepted in the country you are born in?  
disability and inclusion
22 April 2022
Following the launch in February of the government's new Disability Inclusion and Rights Strategy, the Bond Disability and Development Group analyse what they've learned from the strategy, and whether the commitments fall short of what is needed.
20 April 2022
A look at the new strategy from Brooke, who has evolved their strategy beyond just eradicating equines’ suffering, to addressing the systemic problems that affect these animals, their communities and our shared environment.
20 April 2022
In their new report, Charity campaigning – where next? The International Broadcasting Trust (IBT) looks at the changing campaigning landscape and what steps NGOs can take to become more effective. IBT's Mark Galloway, tells us more.
19 April 2022
The mental health challenge for the lower income countries, or the Majority World, will not be resolved by scaling up “made in Europe” services but by post-colonial strategies that “return” mental health to the hands of communities.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss holds Baltic Summit
13 April 2022
A look at what we learned from the release of the UK’s Provisional Statistics on International Development and the OECD DAC Preliminary ODA Levels. These statistics give us an insight into how the UK chose to spend its ODA in 2021.
Workforce
12 April 2022
An active intersectional practice against racism and white supremacy in all their manifestations and across all areas of work is required, including across EDI practices. Part two of our blogs looking at culture and structures inside of NGOs.
Civilians fleeing the Kyiv suburb of Irpin, the scene of fierce fighting in recent weeks.
30 March 2022
It can be hard right now to look beyond the tragedy inside Ukraine. But the consequences are already being felt outside of the region of conflict. Here's a look at five wider concerns as the Ukraine crisis continues. 
Schoolbuilding in Kampala, Uganda
30 March 2022
INGOs need to trust local partners. They need to be adaptable and flexible to the specific needs in each context and with each partner they work with, being clear about which areas the INGO can add value.
Covid vaccine
29 March 2022
The Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property waiver, otherwise known as the TRIPs waiver, would vastly increase access to treatments, vaccines and tests for Covid-19. But attempts to implement the waiver are still being blocked.
Tents supplied by UK aid in a camp for displaced people in northern Iraq
22 March 2022
To address extreme poverty, the UK’s approach to development and how it spends its aid budget must be framed around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and anchored in the principle to Leave No One Behind.  
Afghan refugees on the road to European Union.
22 March 2022
Support for Afghanistan has never been more urgently needed. Political instability, economic collapse, drought, and Covid-19 have created unprecedented humanitarian needs. The government must deliver at the pledging summit for Afghanistan.
A scene from the Palanca-Maiaki-Udobnoe border crossing point, between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine on 1 March 2022. People flee the military offensive in Ukraine, seeking refuge in Moldova or other countries in europe
21 March 2022
The demands on UK Aid are ever increasing. The high number of ongoing humanitarian crises, conflicts and the Covid pandemic, demonstrate that cutting the humanitarian and development budget to 0.5% was short-sighted.
Hands together
16 March 2022
It’s a laudable aim to engage groups who have lost faith in international institutions and “meet them where they are at” as the We The Helpers campaign set out to do. But we have a duty to move towards greater understanding and global solidarity.
Satellite-linked rain gauge and weather station in a mango orchard in Burkina Faso, West Africa
15 March 2022
Partners of the #ShiftThePower Manifesto for Change from around the world explain what the Manifesto means to them, what parts have resonated most with their organisation and how they have used it to help move towards community-led development.
Stack of newspapers in a Kiosk, London, United Kingdom
4 February 2021
In the context of growing challenges to the sector, it is perhaps worth returning to the basic rules and tips around how to use media and comms to advance our causes and make the world a better place.
Speech bubbles
10 December 2020
When it comes to language, we need to practise what we preach, if we are to have legitimacy and influence at Bond, and it is important that we aim to set the bar high for ourselves and encourage others to do the same.
30 September 2020
Thoughts and ideas for how NGOs can move towards more authentic and ethical representation in their communications and fundraising.
People at a festival
31 July 2020
With support for aid in decline, new research into British public perceptions explores how a focus on “distant” audiences can help to turn the tide.
A man with his face covered cycles through London near parliament
1 June 2020
New research from the Development Engagement Lab sheds light on the British public’s receptivity to development cooperation in the context of the global Covid-19 pandemic. 
COVID-19 Frontline Health Workers in Thailand
22 April 2020
How can the development and humanitarian sectors get their communications right at a time when everyone’s priorities have shifted and when the British public is being bombarded by Covid-19 related news? 
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.
A woman with the British Red Cross takes a day away from the office to solicit for donations in front of the Liverpool Street Tube Station in London
15 April 2021
In an age of “adapt to survive”, the post-Covid-19 world is an opportunity to make big transformative changes which reimagine our public funding models.
A Syrian-Kurdish woman and several children stand outside a home in Darashakran refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan
4 February 2021
We must invest in engaging with diaspora as equitable partners, or risk framing diaspora communities as “beneficiaries” or “cash machines” to fund international organisations.
Closed charity shop in Glasgow
28 January 2021
According to our latest survey of Bond members, small and medium NGOs are being hit worse financially by Covid-19, with 26% of NGOs having already made redundancies.
Calculator
28 October 2020
Crucial financial challenges that all organisations need to consider to survive the Covid-19 pandemic and plan for the future.
Terraced rice fields in Yuanyang county, Yunnan, China
20 October 2020
China’s position as one of the world’s largest development financers paves new routes to development, but there are worrying trends for civil society.
7 October 2020
48% of NGOs may not survive the next two years, according to the worrying findings from our latest survey on NGOs' finances and staff cuts.
Illustration of young woman protesting
11 August 2020
How NGOs and funders can adapt to work more collaboratively with young feminist activists, groups and organisations.
6 July 2020
Now is the time for boards and executive leadership teams to make the tough decisions that have been looming for the last five years.
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.
Money exchanged between two people in Kenya
30 May 2019
Working internationally in challenging contexts demands responsiveness and flexibility.
Refugees queuing in Hamburg
25 April 2019
There is a growing interest in the idea of INGOs running programmes in their home countries as well as the global south, but this approach raises a number of challenges.
Shuttered shops in Aleppo
17 April 2019
Four takeaways from the Bond Conference session on getting funds and resources to people in conflict zones.
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.
Hands and flowers
8 July 2021
Understanding the problem is an important part of creating change. But there are also moments when we want things to move more quickly, to see real action and transformation in response to need.
Two activists embrace in KwaMashu, an informal settlement north of Durban, South Africa. Christian Aid’s partner, Church Land Programme, works closely with the shackdweller movement (Abahlali baseMjondolo) so that people in KwaMashu can live without fear
1 July 2021
As national and local actors will increasingly hold the purse strings in the future, we need to rethink how we add value to and support local partners.
"Speaking out: Peer educators advocate for an end to FGM/C" by DFID - UK Department for International Development is licensed under CC BY 2.0
8 February 2021
Amid the Covid-19 crisis, consortia of development organisations have found different ways to adapt to ensure progress, maintain relevance, and deliver impact. 
Syrian primary school children attending catch-up learning classes in Lebanon
14 December 2020
This new approach builds on the best of the traditional understanding of aid, as well as the main critiques of it, and responds to the new global reality we all face. 
Crowd of people composing a world map
7 December 2020
While we need solid emergency leadership in the short term to respond to Covid-19, we need visionary thinking as well, to build a new idea like a global public.
The British public
18 November 2020
Research from the Development Engagement Lab suggests that the public don’t move in a straight line from low to more meaningful engagement. People jump around the various engagement categories, and often stick to certain categories more than others.
Covid response in Nepal
11 November 2020
How small NGO, Toybox, adapted its approach to remain effective during the pandemic.
Refugee Camp İn Somalia
15 October 2020
Agile working can make organisations resilient enough to withstand unpredictability. Here are four lessons for building an agile non-profit organisation. 
Volunteers load supplies outside town hall in Antigua, Guatemala to take to area affected by eruption of Fuego (fire) volcano
8 July 2021
Without a more audacious vision, a more efficient and effective humanitarian system will remain out of the Grand Bargain’s reach.
Hands and flowers
8 July 2021
Understanding the problem is an important part of creating change. But there are also moments when we want things to move more quickly, to see real action and transformation in response to need.
The Great Barrier Reef, which is under threat from climate change effecting sea temperatures and water acidity.
30 June 2021
There is currently £2.6tn circulating in the UK pension sector alone, much of which is invested in companies such as fossil fuel giants, tobacco firms, arms producers, and companies with links to harmful practices such as deforestation.
Money
6 May 2021
As NGOs grapple with grant cuts and other pressures, financial reserves and building sustainable income streams are more important than ever.
A life preserver at sea
22 March 2021
A healthy safeguarding culture has to be everybody’s responsibility, but it will only succeed when leaders step up to the challenge and lead by example.
Nurses taking a break in Uganda
25 February 2021
Governance structures that perpetuate inequality are key barriers to promoting locally-led development. How can INGOs change their governance to address power imbalances?
"Speaking out: Peer educators advocate for an end to FGM/C" by DFID - UK Department for International Development is licensed under CC BY 2.0
8 February 2021
Amid the Covid-19 crisis, consortia of development organisations have found different ways to adapt to ensure progress, maintain relevance, and deliver impact. 
A Syrian-Kurdish woman and several children stand outside a home in Darashakran refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan
4 February 2021
We must invest in engaging with diaspora as equitable partners, or risk framing diaspora communities as “beneficiaries” or “cash machines” to fund international organisations.

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