Family in Kenya. Photo: Anna Dubuis, DFID | Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

7 things we liked in November

30 November 2018

When there is so much happening in the world today it’s easy to miss what’s going on. At Bond, we see interesting things from our members and the sector every day, so we’ve picked out some of our favourite events, reports and stories from November. 

200 schoolchildren debating girls’ rights issues in the House of Lords

Earlier this month Bond member Plan International UK supported 200 schoolchildren from the UK, Ghana and Rwanda to hold a debate in the House of Lords on overcoming the barriers facing girls globally. You can watch a video of the debate here.



The first report on deafblindness around the world

The World Federation of the Deafblind, in cooperation with Bond member Sense International, launched the first ever report on global deafblindness this month.

The research found that around 0.2% of the world’s population is severely deafblind, with deafblind people more likely to be poor compared to people with other types of disabilities and compared to people without disabilities. The report also provides recommendations to ensure that deafblind people aren’t left behind in programmes.

Parliamentarians coming together for the SDGs

Over 30 parliamentarians attended a special event in the Houses of Parliament, co-hosted by Bond, the Coalition for Global Prosperity and Project Everyone. The event equipped MPs with the tools and guidance to become champions of the SDGs ahead of the UK’s Voluntary National Review next year. Find out more in this article by Lord McConnell on why the Global Goals are so important. 

Launching our podcast

Bond entered the world of podcasting this month! The first episode of the Bondcast looks at the impact of negative media stories on public perceptions of NGOs. The second episode explores one of the hot topics in international development, and the world, over the past couple of years: blockchain – what actually is it, and what does it mean for charities?

England cricketers learning about the work of UK aid

During their tour of Sri Lanka, members of the England men’s cricket team – including captain Joe Root – visited a project run by Bond member Mines Advisory Group (MAG). Since 2009 MAG has cleared 42,000 mines in the country and reclaimed 35 million square metres of land. The visit led to lots of press coverage promoting the work of MAG.

Finding out about the first recipients of the Small Charities Challenge Fund

Fifteen organisations were announced as recipients of DFID’s new Small Charities Challenge Fund, receiving grants of up to £50,000. The projects are working on six themes: disability inclusion, education, health, livelihoods, social protection and WASH. Applications are now open for the next round.

Watching the entries for the International Development Awards

The awards showcase and celebrate the outstanding work of the sector and this month we revealed the longlists for the eight different categories. There are some powerful projects and inspiring people being highlighted – you can watch the short videos of the entries here.