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The latest news, blogs and opinions from across the international development and humanitarian sector. Bond experts, members and thought leaders from civil society provide the latest insights and trends across a range of topics, including: aid, funding, politics, Brexit, the SDGs, communications, public support, projects, leadership and civic space.

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List of news and blogs

Man and child drinking tea
Questions remain over when to use public-private finance approaches and how to get the best impact from them.
28 January 2019
Unfocused shot of meeting
Managing a crisis can be complicated, but organisations need to consider their people's wellbeing when planning their responses.
24 January 2019
Brexit flags
Summarising the current Brexit situation facing the UK development sector, what might happen now and Bond's priorities for the year.
16 January 2019
Training being provided to mothers in Niger
An amendment excluding aid and humanitarian actors from the "designated areas offence" has been passed in the House of Lords after campaigning by Bond and members.
16 January 2019
Rescue workers celebrate in Nepal surrounded by cameras
A new research study finds that very few commercial news organisations cover humanitarian issues outside of major emergencies.
11 January 2019
Refugee woman with her rabbits in Bangladesh
The latest figures from the OECD show that worldwide Official Development Assistance fell slightly in 2017 to a total of $144.7bn.
9 January 2019
Bond banner
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.
9 January 2019
Children in school in Zambia raising their hands
Behaviour change campaigns can make a real difference if tailored for the right audiences and their needs.
7 January 2019
Children in school in Zambia raising their hands
Behaviour change campaigns can make a real difference if tailored for the right audiences and their needs.
7 January 2019
Rohingya refugee children participate in recreational activities in a Child Friendly Space run by Save The Children.
Some of the policy areas that Bond will be working on in 2019 and the changes we'd like to see happen in them.
2 January 2019
Speakers at the strategy launch event
DFID's new Disability Strategy contains ambitious commitments across different areas of work and has the potential to impact many lives if implemented fully.
13 December 2018
Corruption, non merci sign in Democractic Republic of Congo
The Bond Anti-Corruption Group reflects on progress made and next steps for six of the key themes covered in the UK's Anti-Corruption Strategy.
10 December 2018
Three key themes emerged from an event on protecting children and empowering them to stand up for their rights.
6 December 2018
Doctor examining a baby being held by a woman
Following a call from 22 NGOs, the House of Lords passed an amendment to a bill which exempts aid workers from prosecution after travelling to fragile states.
4 December 2018
Family in Kenya
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. 
30 November 2018
UK aid for refugees in Burma
Government stats published today show that the UK increased its aid spending, but the share spent by DFID fell.
29 November 2018
Coins and money stacked up representing cost transparency
A new model for cost transparency and cost recovery promises a more transparent and fair future in the delivery of DFID grants.
3 September 2018
Woman in Kenya waiting to have eye patch removed after surgery by The Fred Hollows Foundation
How The Fred Hollows Foundation has been using innovative forms of funding to fight avoidable blindness.
29 August 2018
Man in canoe in Guayaquil, Ecuador
A new survey looks at what CSO leaders think of different international donors and which SDGs are the most important.
4 July 2018
Night market
The Supplier Review was supposed to broaden and diversify DFID's supplier base, but research shows that significant numbers of contracts are going to the same organisations.
28 June 2018
Incense for sale in market
Commercial contracting continues to grow with the DFID Supplier Review leading to changes in how NGOs should approach and access contracts.
21 May 2018
Stats published by DFID show that the UK met the 0.7% Official Development Assistance target last year.
5 April 2018
Man sits next to sign in Tortola after Hurricane Irma
The current model of humanitarian funding often means money arrives too late. Other models could offer improvement.
21 March 2018
People in Dhaka, Bangladesh from above
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.
16 February 2018
Lighthouse in the sun
Key announcements, themes and actions from DFID's summit to prevent sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment in the aid sector. 
19 October 2018
Hawa, refugee in a camp in Cameroon, with a clipboard
Feedback and accountability mechanisms are crucial for establishing trust so that individuals and communities feel able to raise concerns.
12 September 2018
Houses of Parliament
Despite the sector's progress on safeguarding, the International Development Committee's inquiry calls for a stronger response to sexual exploitation and abuse.
31 July 2018
Marathon start
How do today’s INGO leaders decide when radical change is required, and when to recommit to long-held values and ways of working?
30 July 2018
Love wall in Manhattan
Tips to help NGOs attract corporate partnerships and make the relationship work for both sides.
19 July 2018
Children in Rwanda
Navigating linguistic issues is crucial for NGOs to work successfully, but language is often ignored or under-invested in.
18 July 2018
Tea fields
An update on what Bond, NGOs and the government have been doing to ensure the sector protects people from abuse, holds abusers to account and encourages those affected to report incidents.
13 June 2018
Mountain path in Alesund Norway
"Impact at scale" is about reaching the right people in the right place, rather than just reaching more people.
25 May 2018
Supporters of the marriage equality campaign
Five ways Yes Equality's digital campaign achieved real change and how the lessons can be applied by other campaigners.
6 August 2018
Children in Rwanda
Navigating linguistic issues is crucial for NGOs to work successfully, but language is often ignored or under-invested in.
18 July 2018
Star Trail
Digital continues to change the way NGOs work and communicate, with ongoing trends offering opportunities and challenges.
12 July 2018
Man with an LGBTI pride flag
The humanitarian sector must do more to support and protect LGBTI people, who are more likely to live in poverty and are often unable to access basic services.
2 July 2018
People in front of brand advertising screens at Piccadilly Circus
Trends to get NGOs thinking about how to to develop their brand and grow their audience reach in 2018.
31 May 2018
Refugees gathered under a tent
Research on public attitudes identifies four blocks that stop the public connecting with humanitarian issues.
16 May 2018
Colourful digital display
Free digital tools that can help small NGOs to reach more people, raise more funds or just work more effectively.
17 April 2018
Abandoned lifejackets on a beach
A new report looks at the impact of fake news on international NGOs' work and suggests ways to fight back.
13 February 2018
Man sits next to sign in Tortola after Hurricane Irma
The current model of humanitarian funding often means money arrives too late. Other models could offer improvement.
21 March 2018
People in Dhaka, Bangladesh from above
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.
16 February 2018
Shipping containers
Mergers, relocations and other organisational structural changes can help INGOs to survive and thrive in a challenging environment.
7 February 2018
Aerial view of Shanghai
We look at whether our predictions for 2017 became reality.
21 December 2017
World map networks
11 podcasts, blogs and websites to help you get your head around blockchain and its potential for the sector.
26 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
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
Conference centre
Listing the fringe events being hosted by Bond members and allies at the Labour and Conservative party conferences in September.
20 September 2018
Headshots of diverse people from around the world
Despite the sector’s progress in tackling inequalities overseas, the UK charity workforce still needs to overcome challenges in diversity, inclusion and unequal pay.
29 August 2018
Safeguarding Conference
Bond members came together to work on what we need to create sustainable sector-wide solutions to safeguarding.
23 August 2018
Houses of Parliament
Despite the sector's progress on safeguarding, the International Development Committee's inquiry calls for a stronger response to sexual exploitation and abuse.
31 July 2018
Marathon start
How do today’s INGO leaders decide when radical change is required, and when to recommit to long-held values and ways of working?
30 July 2018
Love wall in Manhattan
Tips to help NGOs attract corporate partnerships and make the relationship work for both sides.
19 July 2018
Man with an LGBTI pride flag
The humanitarian sector must do more to support and protect LGBTI people, who are more likely to live in poverty and are often unable to access basic services.
2 July 2018
Tea fields
An update on what Bond, NGOs and the government have been doing to ensure the sector protects people from abuse, holds abusers to account and encourages those affected to report incidents.
13 June 2018