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UK aid supporters in Westminster
On International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2017, supporters from around the country came to Westminster to meet their MPs and talk to them about the vital importance of UK aid.
18 October 2017
Muuri camp, Baidoa
Bond's new report equips parliamentarians with crucial information to advocate on behalf of the millions of people forced from their homes and address the terrible consequences of conflict
18 October 2017
Refugees in Newroz camp
Dr Malik Nizamettin was a medical student when the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011. Here he tells his story.
17 October 2017
Kitchen garden in Burundi
With around 2 billion people worldwide malnourished, a new report analyses DFID's nutrition programmes to see what impact they are having and what more needs to be done.
16 October 2017
UNLEASH lab event
Over 1000 young people from the private sector, academia and NGOs worked together to create 200 SDG projects at the UNLEASH Innovation Lab event.
16 October 2017
Conference audience
A review of the speeches and activities from this year's Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem party conferences, focusing on the implications for international development.
12 October 2017
Boy in Uganda playing with string
Amy Dodd from the UK Aid Network discusses why changing the rules on how aid can be spent risks having a negative impact on people's lives.
11 October 2017
Caroline Nursey
Caroline Nursey, executive director of BBC Media Action, has been elected as chair of Bond.
28 September 2017
UK aid supporters in Westminster
On International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2017, supporters from around the country came to Westminster to meet their MPs and talk to them about the vital importance of UK aid.
18 October 2017
Conference audience
A review of the speeches and activities from this year's Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem party conferences, focusing on the implications for international development.
12 October 2017
Group of people
As a civil society focal point, Bond will convey the views of civil society to government on issues coming before the Community of Democracies.
11 September 2017
Over 100 of the UK’s charities and campaigners have strengthened calls on the government to overhaul the Lobbying Act in a letter to Tracey Crouch, the incoming Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society.
30 August 2017
Nutrition know-how for mums and mums-to-be saves lives
A simple method to create engaging campaigns and communications based on audience insights.
31 July 2017
Taking 40 minutes to calculate the cost of a tweet? We want to hear your experiences of how the Lobbying Act has restricted your work.
18 May 2017
Woman carrying placard
With the Lobbying Act now in force here's what you need to know to help you campaign within the rules.
5 May 2017
Houses of Parliament
The Prime Minister has called an early election to take place on 8 June 2017. We encourage organisations to familiarise themselves with the guidance on the Lobbying Act.
18 April 2017
Computer monitor numbers
Blockchain technology is predicted to be a disruptive force over the coming years. Here are some examples of how it's already being used in the international development sector.
7 September 2017
Complaint box for corruption
David Mears, solicitor at MDY Legal, on what NGOs need to know about the Bribery Act.
9 August 2017
In an ideal world, all evaluations would influence decision-making, improve practice and contribute to wider sector knowledge. NGOs need to commit to using learning to change.
27 June 2017
UK aid being unloaded
An increase in aid during turbulent times is welcome but it is important that government departments have a rigorous focus on effectiveness, accountability and transparency.
7 April 2017
Lens
There are other ways to build trust in organisations rather than just increasing transparency requirements.
16 March 2017
The open source, decentralised database blockchain allows donors, aid agencies, NGOs and beneficiaries to operate transparent, agile and open networks
16 March 2017
End Corruption sign in Uganda
There is no quick fix to overcoming corruption in aid but there are some things we can do better - here are six suggestions for where to begin.
23 January 2017
Corruption is deadly sign in Uganda
With corruption being used as a reason to attack aid efforts, we look at how corruption affects development and what NGOs should consider to overcome it.
17 January 2017
Medical Aid Films video projection
Medical Aid Films share their recommendations for creating an innovative organisational culture.
7 July 2017
In an ideal world, all evaluations would influence decision-making, improve practice and contribute to wider sector knowledge. NGOs need to commit to using learning to change.
27 June 2017
We need to embrace failure in the workplace if we want to innovate. Here are three tips on using failure to succeed.
11 May 2017
Women carrying water from stepwell near Jaipur
The 21st century has seen new types of business models emerge as NGOs react to changes affecting them and their audiences.
19 April 2017
The open source, decentralised database blockchain allows donors, aid agencies, NGOs and beneficiaries to operate transparent, agile and open networks
16 March 2017
Imran A. Khan, chief global technical lead at Sightsavers, discusses how balancing space for experimenting with delivering projects is key to being an innovative organisation.
8 February 2017
Planning futures
Koy Thomson, chief executive of Children in Crisis, on innovative business models and why the sector needs to be challenged more.
1 February 2017
Multi coloured modern architecture
At a recent meeting of the Bond Futures and Innovation Group, participants explored business model innovation and how to go about it.
24 January 2017
Team meeting
As staff in the development sector are susceptible to unique forms of stress, the FIND Network provides recommendations for creating a supportive workplace.
27 September 2017
Silhouettes of meeting
Joe Saxton shares tips on how to have a high-functioning group of trustees, based on his experience of chairing five charities.
4 July 2017
An aeroplane landing in Kenya
NGOs have a duty of care to reduce risk to their employees through assessment, informed decision making and preparation.
30 March 2017
Man and woman looking at a C.V. during a job interview
Advice and best practice on NGO job applications and interviews.
23 November 2016
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
Emergency food, drinking water and shelter to help people displaced in Rakhine State, western Burma.
Bond's new research explores the different development and humanitarian opportunities and challenges for the UK and the EU post-Brexit.
21 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.
19 July 2017
People walking quickly
Find out more about our party conference events this year, which will focus on the future of international development post Brexit.
13 September 2016
farmers in India
Given the uncertainty around the UK’s future relationship with the EU, and the knock-on effect on the farmers and workers in developing countries who rely on exports for their livelihoods, how do we make trade sustainable for vulnerable economies?
31 August 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
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
Delegate using virtual reality at event
Virtual reality immerses viewers in the story and is already being used by a number of international development agencies.
20 September 2017
Computer monitor numbers
Blockchain technology is predicted to be a disruptive force over the coming years. Here are some examples of how it's already being used in the international development sector.
7 September 2017
Woman looking out to sea
Conflict, climate change, the rise of new aid actors – the world will be quite different in 15 years’ time. New research suggests how INGOs can remain relevant in the aid sector of the future.
30 August 2017
Aerial highway
Research shows that organisations and leaders who take a long-term view outperform those who don't. What can you do to improve your future-thinking?
24 July 2017
Medical Aid Films video projection
Medical Aid Films share their recommendations for creating an innovative organisational culture.
7 July 2017
We need to embrace failure in the workplace if we want to innovate. Here are three tips on using failure to succeed.
11 May 2017
Market in Ethiopia
Polling shows that although there are daunting problems many people in sub-Saharan Africa have significant hope for the future.
20 April 2017
Women carrying water from stepwell near Jaipur
The 21st century has seen new types of business models emerge as NGOs react to changes affecting them and their audiences.
19 April 2017

In brief

Brexit and Open Government in the UK: 11 Months of May

This paper examines how Brexit has influenced the UK’s transparency regime and how, in turn, will openness shape the UK’s Brexit process. 

Birkbeck College 20 June 2017

EU Infrastructure Funding Post-Brexit

This symposium is an opportunity to strengthen understanding of the implications, risks and opportunities for local and regional infrastructure funding and development, following the UK’s secession from the European Union.

Public Policy Exchange 30 May 2017

Draft EU position papers on Article 50 negotiations

The European Commission have produced two draft working paper's for Article 50 negotiations, addressing 'Essential Principles on Citizens' Rights' and 'Essential Principles on Financial Settlement'.

European Commission 29 May 2017

Brexit and UK International Development Policy

This article explores the implications of Brexit for the UK and the EU's development policies and strategic directions, focusing on the former.

The Political Quarterly 9 April 2017

Brexit: Implications and Impact

This overview of the EU and Brexit aims to provide participants with crucial knowledge of the Brexit negotiations and how UK stakeholders can influence them.

Dods Training 22 March 2017

How Brexit will affect charitable giving

UK - Charities Aid Foundation head of research Susan Pinkney says ‘no one really knows’ how Brexit will impact charitable giving, but the signs are not as pessimistic as doomsayers might imagine.

Research Live 15 March 2017

Baroness Northover: UK Aid - high impact, low cost

The instability fostered in the world by poverty, migration, climate change, conflict, must be tackled collectively, says Baroness Northover. 

Politics Home 2 February 2017

Air pollution more deadly in Africa than malnutrition or dirty water, study warns

Annual human and economic cost of tainted air runs to 712,000 lost lives and £364bn, finds Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, say John Vidal.

The Guardian 20 October 2016

Fully engaging the private sector in health systems development

Ron Askin on why public sector, private sector, and hybrid public-private partnerships must all participate to ensure a properly functioning health care system.

DevEx 11 October 2016

Healthcare innovations won’t cure global health inequality – political action will

Boosting developing nations' access to medical advances is top of the agenda at Berlin's World Health Summit, but will it improve healthcare for the poorest? Ben Ramalingham discusses.

The Guardian 9 October 2016

Why is it so hard for academics and NGOs to work together?

Reflections on how academia can do better in forging partnerships with international NGOs.

Oxfam 29 September 2016

Global trends: falling income in advanced economies

Poorer than their parents? A new perspective on income inequality

Mckinsey&Co 26 July 2016

"This is not a public service announcement"

Sho Konno from Restless Development blogs on what "communications for development" should mean in light of recent media attacks.

"This is not a public service announcement" 20 January 2017

Putting flesh on the bones of the new UK Aid Strategy

A summary and review of four recent DFID policy papers - the Research Review, the Civil Society Partnership Review, the Bilateral Development Review, and the Multilateral Development Review.

Simon Maxwell 16 December 2016

Brexit: lessons for global development governance

The paper from Simon Maxwell's keynote lecture at the Annual Conference of the Norwegian Association of Development Research, Oslo, 24-25 November 2016.

Simon Maxwell 27 November 2016

DFID Civil Society Partnership Review

The Scotland Malawi Partnership welcomes the publication of DFID’s Civil Society Partnership Review and is in broad support of report’s findings, its tone and content.

Scotland Malawi Partnership 7 November 2016

ActionAid statement on the Civil Society Partnership Review

ActionAid Chief Executive Girish Menon, comments on the Government’s Civil Society Partnership Review.

ActionAid 7 November 2016

Influencing for systemic transformative change: the ACCRA model

Margaret Barihaihi tells Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance's story to inspire development practitioners and partners in making long term impact in the lives of men and women affected by climate change and disasters.

Oxfam 20 October 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

Members' tweets

@RefugeesIntl
37 min ago

"You can’t help but be affected by the misery" - @freddufour_afp on photographing the #Rohingya refugee crisis. https://t.co/eeX24woLlG

@PowerOfBicycles
38 min ago

We had such an amazing time meeting all of the participants of our #ChicagoIdeas Week Build a Bike with Purpose lab… https://t.co/xt9xWYWLTJ

@Oxfam
52 min ago

RT @OxfamAmerica: "Being told what the crisis is about is different than seeing it with your own eyes." @sean_m_maguire with @OxfaminGreece