Write for us
As a space for people across the international development sector to share knowledge, ideas and experience, we encourage you to write for us and engage in debate on the site.
Sharing your thoughts, successes and failures, and discussing current issues, challenges and opportunities is a great way to strengthen our community and make sure the development sector has its finger on the pulse.
Everyone can gain from the sharing of best practice and lessons learned, so don't be shy – join the discussion on the things you feel passionately about.
We aim to publish engaging and accessible content that is useful for the development community. If you have a particular area of professional expertise, a personal interest in a relevant topic, or want to share experiences, best practice or practical tips, contribute to the Bond blog.
Send us a short post of up to 500 words, or, if the subject is particularly meaty, write a more in depth piece of up to 700 words.
Writing for the web
People read differently online. Here are a few practical tips you might want to consider:
- Summarise early on. Start with the most important information, then provide additional details and examples to grab your readers' attention before they lose interest.
- Be direct. Use the active voice to make the message clear.
- Use plain English and avoid jargon, acronyms and language that is overly technical or academic.
- Use short words, sentences and paragraphs. Avoid overly-complicated sentences with multiple clauses and express one idea per paragraph.
- Use bullets and numbered lists – they are more inviting than a big chunk of text.
- Use sub headings to break up the text and direct people to what they want to read.
One should not aim at being possible to understand, but at being impossible to misunderstand.