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Bond Conference 2019
18 December 2019
A look back at some of our achievements and accomplishments in 2019 across the international development and humanitarian sectors.
The UN
18 December 2019
An analysis of the talking points and decisions from UN COP25 climate conference from the Development and Environment Group
9 December 2019
For 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, new research from Plan International UK looks at how we can support efforts to say no to the trafficking of girls and young women.
People in a room at the Bond Safeguarding for Development Conference
4 December 2019
Over 200 members came together to address progress and challenges in safeguarding, from structures of power and context to changing organisational cultures.
Child and Youth Care Workers and children in West Africa
3 December 2019
How can we know if our work is reaching people with disabilities if we don’t have the data to support and measure?
Polling station
26 November 2019
We round up the Conservative Party's plans and pledges on aid, climate change, human rights, conflict policy and other areas of international development.
Locals working at food store in Apac District of Northern Uganda
22 November 2019
With civil society under threat across the world, 150 leaders came together at the Global Perspectives conference to explore new ways to help civil society organisations thrive.
21 November 2019
We round up the Labour Party's plans and pledges on aid, climate change, human rights, conflict policy and other areas of international development.
Anti-Corruption sign in Namibia.
30 October 2019
With a general election looming, a UK coalition of anti-corruption organisations lay out their asks for any potential government.
The Council of Europe building in Strasbourg, France
21 October 2019
Following a fact-finding mission to the UK, here are 4 key findings from the Council of Europe's report on the NGO role in policy making.
Bond CEO Stephanie Draper with secretary of state for international development Alok Sharma
3 October 2019
Highlights from the international development fringe events and speeches from the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
Labour conference
26 September 2019
Highlights from the annual party conference and what it means for international development.
Polling station
24 September 2019
With an election looking likely, the Electoral Commission has released its latest guidelines. How have they improved?
Drought
19 September 2019
With millions of young people set to join the climate strike, a look at how UK aid can help with the climate crisis.
UK aid
19 September 2019
The 2018 ODA stats show the UK meeting the 0.7% spending target, with an extra £499m spent on UK aid compared to 2017.
UN member flags flying high in New York
18 September 2019
With the UNGA just round the corner, we outline what we believe the UK representatives should prioritise.
Youth activist dressed as a superhero in Berne, Switzerland
16 April 2019
Focusing more on hope and values in our communications could help us to shift public opinion about our work.
Women marching in Sao Paulo, Brazil
9 April 2019
Civil society advocacy has had lots of successes but our current strategies are not winning over enough to people to achieve structural change.
Indian trans activist Abheena Aher on stage at Bond Conference
21 March 2019
Key takeaways from Europe’s biggest international development event.
Woman holding a placard on a march
31 January 2019
Asking ourselves why our advocacy doesn't work can hurt but it also helps us to understand what we need to do next.
Unfocused shot of meeting
24 January 2019
Managing a crisis can be complicated, but organisations need to consider their people's wellbeing when planning their responses.
Rescue workers celebrate in Nepal surrounded by cameras
11 January 2019
A new research study finds that very few commercial news organisations cover humanitarian issues outside of major emergencies.
Children in school in Zambia raising their hands
7 January 2019
Behaviour change campaigns can make a real difference if tailored for the right audiences and their needs.
Woman walking through ruined area of Sana'a, Yemen
13 November 2018
A new poll has found that 42% of the UK public do not know that there is a war going on in Yemen. Why is there such a lack of awareness?
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.
Oxfam charity shop on a London street
27 June 2019
NCVO's latest UK Civil Society Almanac highlights the size, makeup and funding of international NGOs compared to the rest of the UK sector.
Fondation Chirezi
1 May 2019
Three ways that international NGOs and donors can support local CSOs to lead their own development agendas.
27 March 2019
DFID will provide financial assurance for UK INGOs receiving EU funds if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Indian trans activist Abheena Aher on stage at Bond Conference
21 March 2019
Key takeaways from Europe’s biggest international development event.
Indian women in a meeting
11 March 2019
As local and networked social movements grow, INGOs need to draw on the experiences and lessons of civil society in the global south. 
Islamic coins
28 February 2019
Islamic social finance has huge potential as a financial tool for the humanitarian funding gap, and now rivals conventional banking.
Child in Yemen eating food
21 February 2019
Securing funds from the US government's development agency can be time-consuming and competitive, so it's good to be prepared before bidding.
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.
Two boys on a bike in new housing development in Malawi
12 March 2019
Affordable homes stimulate economic and social changes that impact many of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Women waiting at health clinic in Laniar, Senegal
7 March 2019
Recommendations for mainstreaming gender at organisational and programme level.
Two children playing with water in Chiang Mai, Thailand
28 February 2019
What is a theory of change and how can you go about developing one to support your NGO's strategy?
Mobile phone with lots of apps on screen
1 November 2018
Some recent examples of NGO mobile apps and three things to think about before making your own.
Two people standing next to large world map globe
17 October 2018
Over 550 CSOs are publishing data to the IATI standard - here are four ways that data is informing the sector's work.
Woman in Kenya waiting to have eye patch removed after surgery by The Fred Hollows Foundation
29 August 2018
How The Fred Hollows Foundation has been using innovative forms of funding to fight avoidable blindness.
Star Trail
12 July 2018
Digital continues to change the way NGOs work and communicate, with ongoing trends offering opportunities and challenges.
Cargo ship
4 April 2018
Three measures the sector could take to encourage INGOs to make bold structural changes.
Mantis app hacked
28 March 2018
We ran an experiment using a fictional NGO to get organisations to think about how they need to change if they are to stay relevant in a rapidly changing world.
Man sits next to sign in Tortola after Hurricane Irma
21 March 2018
The current model of humanitarian funding often means money arrives too late. Other models could offer improvement.
People in Dhaka, Bangladesh from above
16 February 2018
ICRC's new way of financing humanitarian work has the potential to modernise the existing funding mechanisms and test new ways of supporting people in need.
Board meeting
1 May 2019
Guidance to help trustees and board members play their part in driving up safeguarding standards and protecting people.
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.
Indian trans activist Abheena Aher on stage at Bond Conference
21 March 2019
Key takeaways from Europe’s biggest international development event.
Open plan office
5 March 2019
Many of us will need to give some things up if we are to achieve equality in the workplace.
Two children playing with water in Chiang Mai, Thailand
28 February 2019
What is a theory of change and how can you go about developing one to support your NGO's strategy?
Silhouette of road sign
7 February 2019
NGO leaders need to make brave decisions in order to adapt and evolve for the future.
Unfocused shot of meeting
24 January 2019
Managing a crisis can be complicated, but organisations need to consider their people's wellbeing when planning their responses.
Bond banner
9 January 2019
Stephanie Draper is the current chief change officer and deputy chief executive at Forum for the Future and will start at Bond in mid-March.

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