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Diving board
Commercial contracts are no longer the preserve of the private sector. International NGOs are taking on the dark side of the development sphere. Is your organisation ready to take the plunge?
26 July 2016
Golden coins and globe
Why do donors who support international causes fail to directly fund local civil society organisations, despite championing the benefits? We convened a group of more than 50 donors and representatives to consider why more progress has not been made.
26 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
DFID welcomes Priti Patel
Theresa May has announced her new Cabinet, with the Rt Hon Priti Patel MP appointed as the new secretary of state for international development.
14 July 2016
The main focus of Brexit discussions in the UK development sector is understandably EC funding and exchange rates. But there’s a less visible and potentially more dangerous funding threat to deal with.
12 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
Brexit vote leave graffiti
The international development sector responds to the result of the EU referendum.
28 June 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
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
Baroness Scotland speaking at the Tackling Corruption Together conference
Representatives from civil society, business, and government gathered in London ahead of David Cameron's Anti-Corruption Summit.
11 May 2016
Campaigners handing in petitions at 10 Downing Street
Large swathes of the public feel the UK is still not doing enough on tax avoidance despite previous commitments and the Panama Papers leaks.
9 May 2016
Campaigners waving flags
The government will continue to consider the comments of all interested parties before implementing the anti-advocacy clause.
28 April 2016
Files in an archive
The day the Panama Papers story exploded across the world's media was a red letter day for tax justice campaigners. But does the leak really matter for the rest of the development sector?
20 April 2016
British Virgin Islands
The scandals highlighted by the Panama Papers leak have prompted reactions from INGOs working on tax justice.
6 April 2016
Graphic with thinking heads
Despite significant NGO investment in monitoring, learning and evaluation, the outputs rarely make it into the public domain. New research explains why.
15 December 2015
Go to jail square on monopoly board
While the UK has taken a lead on tackling corruption at home and overseas this year, it must get its own house in order to ensure its efforts are not wasted, according to the Bond Anti-corruption Group.
9 December 2015
Transparent laptop screens
Oxfam, Fairtrade International and BBC Media Action were the top performers in the 2015 Transparency Review of 48 organisations.
1 December 2015
Open sign hanging in a window
More governments becoming "sustainably more transparent, more accountable, and more responsive to their own citizens" sounds good to me. But it's an ambitious vision.
18 November 2015
Pile of used floppy disks
The International Aid Transparency Initiative Standard allows organisations to increase transparency, share information, and improve internal processes. But there are significant technical challenges. IATI Boost could help you overcome these.
5 October 2015
People in Kigali discussing their priorities for the post-2015 agenda
The UK secretary of state for international development announced her department as an anchor partner for the new Global Partnership on Sustainable Development and an additional £16m of World Bank support.
29 September 2015
This post explains the new IATI data standard, version 2.x, and how to upgrade from previous versions.
23 September 2015
Man shares out walnuts
What will it take to encourage NGOs to engage with data debates? The Bond Fast Forward report identifies issues such as lack of data capabilities. I’d challenge this as being too tactical...
28 July 2015
The main focus of Brexit discussions in the UK development sector is understandably EC funding and exchange rates. But there’s a less visible and potentially more dangerous funding threat to deal with.
12 July 2016
Stethoscope and X-Ray
The UK development sector has a strong sense of its mission, integrity and identity. But it could be better at stakeholder engagement and monitoring, evaluation and learning. These are the conclusions of a new analysis.
22 March 2016
Graphic with thinking heads
Despite significant NGO investment in monitoring, learning and evaluation, the outputs rarely make it into the public domain. New research explains why.
15 December 2015
Transparent laptop screens
Oxfam, Fairtrade International and BBC Media Action were the top performers in the 2015 Transparency Review of 48 organisations.
1 December 2015
Omar in his wheelchair with his brother and sister
There are few people who would argue with the principle that people with disabilities should be included and supported in NGO programmes. But beyond the commitments and the rhetoric, how hard is it really to do this?
26 November 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
Chameleon on hand
What does an organisation that has “embraced complexity” actually look like? Last month a discussion highlighted how different organisations are taking steps to integrate adaptive approaches.
26 October 2015
Connected dots on a black background
DFID is currently conducting the third Multilateral Aid Review (MAR), which will assess the effectiveness and contribution to UK development priorities of the 38 multilateral agencies that receive UK aid.
13 October 2015
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
Harriet Lamb portrait
Peacebuilding NGO, International Alert has announced the appointment of Harriet Lamb as its new chief executive officer. Lamb will take up the post on 16 November.
15 September 2015
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
UNHCR tents at a refugee camp in Iraq
EU heads of government have agreed a package of measures in response to the refugee crisis, including greater assistance to countries currently supporting large numbers of refugees, and increased funding for the UN refugee agency.
24 September 2015
European Year for Development | #EYD2015
On Tuesday 16 June Bond will host a breakfast briefing event as part of the European Year for Development, featuring a Q&A with Linda McAvan MEP.
15 June 2015
The main focus of Brexit discussions in the UK development sector is understandably EC funding and exchange rates. But there’s a less visible and potentially more dangerous funding threat to deal with.
12 July 2016
Abstract city lights
Futurist Sohail Inayatullah shares four principles for creating successful foresight strategies.
10 May 2016
Wind turbines
Social innovation is climbing up the agendas of NGOs fast. To help demystify innovation in development, Bond has launched a new report and an online library showcasing innovative solutions from around the world.
19 April 2016
Fallen tree across road
What can we learn from how southern NGOs have managed, adapted and innovated in the face of disruptive change?
24 March 2016
Hamster wheel vs fly wheel
I spend a lot of time thinking about how we can unlock innovation in INGOs, wrestling with how they can do this more effectively, and talking to people who have great insights on the subject.
12 February 2016
Hedgehog and beetle car
'In order to survive and thrive, civil society organisations need to reinvent themselves,' says Burkhard Gnärig. Jennifer Eddis reviews his latest book, which looks at the changing landscape of the international development sector.
8 February 2016
Abstract digital networks
Many charities are instinctively conservative, risk averse and tied to systems of communicating, fundraising and organising whose best-before-dates are fast approaching.
19 January 2016
The India Gate in New Delhi at night
This week, Wembley Stadium will host a sell out gig with up to 70,000 people coming to hear India's prime minister speak. Nesta looks at how incubating ventures with social and economic returns can help build UK-India relations.
10 November 2015

In brief

Global trends: falling income in advanced economies

Poorer than their parents? A new perspective on income inequality

Mckinsey&Co 26 July 2016

Reframing development in a dynamic global era

Development cannot rely on old, aid-related paradigms nor on their simplistic solutions. It must become both more universal and more transformative, while remaining grounded in the diverse realities of people's lives and their aspirations.

IDS Bulletin 26 July 2016

The future of fundraising

Four trends that will reshape the nonprofit landscape.

SSIR 26 July 2016

Have development impact bonds (DIBs) moved beyond the hype?

When DIBs were first discussed about three years ago, there was quite a bit of excitement. While some enthusiasm may still exist, initial experiences have brought expectations down to earth.

Devex 26 July 2016

Humanitarian Investment Fund

A one-page plan to save Australians billions, improve lives, and end offshore detention.

CGD 26 July 2016

How green bonds will become mainstream

What needs to happen before environmentally friendly investments can become an established part of the market?

SSIR 26 July 2016

Global trends: falling income in advanced economies

Poorer than their parents? A new perspective on income inequality

Mckinsey&Co 26 July 2016

Reframing development in a dynamic global era

Development cannot rely on old, aid-related paradigms nor on their simplistic solutions. It must become both more universal and more transformative, while remaining grounded in the diverse realities of people's lives and their aspirations.

IDS Bulletin 26 July 2016

Have development impact bonds (DIBs) moved beyond the hype?

When DIBs were first discussed about three years ago, there was quite a bit of excitement. While some enthusiasm may still exist, initial experiences have brought expectations down to earth.

Devex 26 July 2016

Humanitarian Investment Fund

A one-page plan to save Australians billions, improve lives, and end offshore detention.

CGD 26 July 2016

How green bonds will become mainstream

What needs to happen before environmentally friendly investments can become an established part of the market?

SSIR 26 July 2016

Let’s talk about overheads

Overheads exist, so when approaching grantmakers for core funding, it’s vital that charities are able to measure, and convey to the funder, the real cost of the work they do.

Charity Choice 18 July 2016

Telemedicine saves lives in disaster zones

For Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), increasingly sophisticated ICT platforms offer more than an efficient way of communicating across the 60-plus countries where it operates. The digital transfer of specialist medical knowledge across continents and time zones helps improve MSF’s support for people affected by war and disasters, including some of those 65 million displaced people.

 

SciDevNet 11 July 2016

Why being #ProudOfAid has got me blogging again

'When there's success with UK aid, it changes the lives of the world's poorest people who didn’t choose where they were born.' Steph, a previous volunteer with VSO, shares how her experiences in Ghana showed her why the UK must keep its commitment to spending 0.7% of national income on aid.

Steph in Ghana: Tales from a Development Volunteer 13 June 2016

25 reasons to be #ProudOfAid

For a bargain price of just 0.7% of our national income, the UK's contribution is changing lives through education, better healthcare, and by empowering women and girls. But aid is under attack. ONE members across the UK share their thoughts on UK aid. Here are a few of the highlights.

ONE 13 June 2016

Why Send a Cow is #ProudOfAid

'They say that charity begins at home. But we at Send a Cow disagree. We think the world is our home.' Ahead of today's debate about the UK's 0.7% commitment to aid, Send a Cow looks at how UK aid is making a difference.

Send a Cow 13 June 2016

Busting myths in the Great Aid Debate

Today, the parliamentary debate about 0.7% is taking place, however aid debates often ignore a crucial fact – that aid is just one part of a global fight to improve the lives of millions of people. Natalie Lartey, Concern Worldwide's head of policy and campaigns, explains.

Concern Worldwide 13 June 2016

Why should we stand up for UK aid?

It’s a simple fact: UK aid is making a difference to the lives of the world's poorest people. Ahead of the debate on whether the UK's 0.7% commitment to aid should be axed, CARE International looks at why we must protect this law.

CARE International 13 June 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

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