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Hands and flowers
8 July 2021
Understanding the problem is an important part of creating change. But there are also moments when we want things to move more quickly, to see real action and transformation in response to need.
Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab visit the G7 at Lancaster House
1 July 2021
Attempting to follow the money, or rather following where there will be no money, gives us some sense of what the government’s new approach to aid and development will look like in practice, ahead of the new "strategy" later this year.
Two activists embrace in KwaMashu, an informal settlement north of Durban, South Africa. Christian Aid’s partner, Church Land Programme, works closely with the shackdweller movement (Abahlali baseMjondolo) so that people in KwaMashu can live without fear
1 July 2021
As national and local actors will increasingly hold the purse strings in the future, we need to rethink how we add value to and support local partners.
The Great Barrier Reef, which is under threat from climate change effecting sea temperatures and water acidity.
30 June 2021
There is currently £2.6tn circulating in the UK pension sector alone, much of which is invested in companies such as fossil fuel giants, tobacco firms, arms producers, and companies with links to harmful practices such as deforestation.
 Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, sits for a group photograph with all the G7 leaders at the Eden Project before the G7 leaders’ evening dinner and reception.
15 June 2021
The Civil Society 7 have criticised the G7 for falling short to deliver health, economic and climate justice for people on the frontline of the global pandemic and climate crisis. 
Prime Minister Boris Johnson G7 Leaders Summit Day One in Carbis Bay
15 June 2021
The Open Societies Statement, published alongside the final G7 communique, is a clear and welcome declaration of intent from leading democracies. But what we need now is action. 
Florence, who with CAFOD’s help learned how to grow different crops to support herself on her own bit of land, going out into her farmland carrying a hoe.
9 June 2021
The global challenge of hunger needs to be addressed with urgency, alongside the necessity to limit global warming and end species decline and environmental destruction.
8 June 2021
As the G7 approaches, we need to make sure political will around the One Health approach turns into action. 
Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab visit the G7 at Lancaster House
1 July 2021
Attempting to follow the money, or rather following where there will be no money, gives us some sense of what the government’s new approach to aid and development will look like in practice, ahead of the new "strategy" later this year.
Two activists embrace in KwaMashu, an informal settlement north of Durban, South Africa. Christian Aid’s partner, Church Land Programme, works closely with the shackdweller movement (Abahlali baseMjondolo) so that people in KwaMashu can live without fear
1 July 2021
As national and local actors will increasingly hold the purse strings in the future, we need to rethink how we add value to and support local partners.
The Great Barrier Reef, which is under threat from climate change effecting sea temperatures and water acidity.
30 June 2021
There is currently £2.6tn circulating in the UK pension sector alone, much of which is invested in companies such as fossil fuel giants, tobacco firms, arms producers, and companies with links to harmful practices such as deforestation.
 Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, sits for a group photograph with all the G7 leaders at the Eden Project before the G7 leaders’ evening dinner and reception.
15 June 2021
The Civil Society 7 have criticised the G7 for falling short to deliver health, economic and climate justice for people on the frontline of the global pandemic and climate crisis. 
Prime Minister Boris Johnson G7 Leaders Summit Day One in Carbis Bay
15 June 2021
The Open Societies Statement, published alongside the final G7 communique, is a clear and welcome declaration of intent from leading democracies. But what we need now is action. 
Florence, who with CAFOD’s help learned how to grow different crops to support herself on her own bit of land, going out into her farmland carrying a hoe.
9 June 2021
The global challenge of hunger needs to be addressed with urgency, alongside the necessity to limit global warming and end species decline and environmental destruction.
8 June 2021
As the G7 approaches, we need to make sure political will around the One Health approach turns into action. 
Bond Annual Conference visual minutes for the Transform strand
3 June 2021
Over 3,000 people from over 80 countries attended our first-ever online Bond Conference last week. Here, we highlight five takeaways for the international development sector.
Runners on the street in the London marathon
12 September 2019
With over 160,000 registered UK charities, here are communications tips to get your small NGO noticed and reach the right supporters.
People at a conference
29 August 2019
Party conference season is back - here are some tips to get you through it and make the most of the advocacy opportunities.
Woman standing in front of a mountain with headphones in
29 August 2019
With podcasts increasing in popularity with audiences across the UK, here are some things to consider before starting your own series.
This is amazing, I love it." Portrait of Veronique Eulalie Rasoarimanana outside her home in Madagascar.
29 July 2019
It is not enough to ask if you can take someone's photo. A look at the importance of having conversations with the people you're working with before sharing their story.
Views of cities lit up at night from space
24 May 2019
Exploring the ethical questions surrounding how we use data to provide effective humanitarian assistance.
British newspapers
22 May 2019
Understanding how people use and view different media outlets can help NGOs tell their stories more effectively.
Megaphone
8 May 2019
Nine recommendations for better advocacy, based on the experience of a campaign coordinating efforts to make the case for aid.
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.
Illustration of young woman protesting
11 August 2020
How NGOs and funders can adapt to work more collaboratively with young feminist activists, groups and organisations.
6 July 2020
Now is the time for boards and executive leadership teams to make the tough decisions that have been looming for the last five years.
2 July 2020
A look at the long-term income trends of seven of the larger INGO families, and the five main challenges to INGOs’ sustainability in a post-Covid world.
People fundraising in the UK before Covi-19
12 May 2020
As traditional fundraising events and activities are cancelled, here are some ideas to change how your charity raises money from the UK public.
Abigail Smith, a volunteer from Covid Relief Bangkok
8 April 2020
With millions in low and middle-income countries facing devastation from the coronavirus pandemic, we outline what is needed for an effective global response to combat the crisis.
Oxfam, Byres Road, Coronavirus sign
8 April 2020
With NGOs scaling back programmes and cutting back staff, our recent survey shows organisations need grant flexibility to survive beyond the next three months.
Piggybank
1 April 2020
Many donors are adapting their practices and funding agreements to enable organisations to respond to challenges arising from the Covid-19 crisis.
Children in Sindh, Pakistan, play at a water pump in a village.
12 February 2020
In an increasingly competitive funding environment, it's crucial that INGOs diversify their funding models to remain sustainable. Here are five tips on how to do so.
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.
Child collects water from pump in Sierra Leone
25 June 2019
Governments must act with renewed vigour on targeted interventions on water, sanitation and hygiene to achieve Agenda 2030.
Men standing around a landed drone
4 June 2019
115 DFID staff across 37 countries identified what emerging forms of technology they think will most change development.
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.
Refugee Camp İn Somalia
15 October 2020
Agile working can make organisations resilient enough to withstand unpredictability. Here are four lessons for building an agile non-profit organisation. 
Young entrepreneur Buram promptly changed the focus of her sewing business to produce face masks for her local community in Mongolia.
16 September 2020
In times of uncertainty, both entrepreneurs and organisations have the ability and impetus to experiment and innovate with new ideas and approaches. What can civil society learn from the business world?
Startup
27 July 2020
A new report highlights the different ways NGOs are collaborating with startups to be more innovative and effective.
6 July 2020
Now is the time for boards and executive leadership teams to make the tough decisions that have been looming for the last five years.
An EU helicopter delivers emergency supplies in Uganda
28 May 2020
INGOs must demonstrate not only how to mitigate the crises of the present, but also how to prepare for ever more complex and uncertain types of humanitarian crises in the future.
A woman on her phone
27 May 2020
Having surveyed over 5,000 people in Africa on their concerns around Covid-19, GeoPoll provides tips for NGOs to gather data safely and efficiently in developing countries.
Eleven Integrity Action partner representatives came together from Afghanistan, DRC, Kenya, Nepal and Palestine at a workshop in Kathmandu in 2019
5 May 2020
Ideas to address the power disparities in partnerships between grant-holding INGOs in the global north and organisations in the south.
ICRC providing clean drinking water at a refugee camp in Liberia
15 October 2019
We’re talking to Bond members and sector leaders to identify what the future should look like for the UK international development sector.
Aerial view of empty streets in Cape Town, South Africa during the Covid 19 lockdown.
22 December 2020
Despite arguably the toughest year in our history, we have persevered through unprecedented upheaval. Here are some of our achievements we're really proud of in a year like no other.
General public in covid masks
16 December 2020
Is the general public aware of the inequalities exacerbated by the pandemic? Which types of inequality receive the most attention and support? And does increased awareness around inequalities mean anything for how the public engage with these issues?
Syrian primary school children attending catch-up learning classes in Lebanon
14 December 2020
This new approach builds on the best of the traditional understanding of aid, as well as the main critiques of it, and responds to the new global reality we all face. 
Zoom meeting
20 November 2020
Stella Opoku-Owusu, Rainatou Sow and Monowara Gani were elected to the Bond board of trustees by members at our annual general meeting yesterday.
Refugee Camp İn Somalia
15 October 2020
Agile working can make organisations resilient enough to withstand unpredictability. Here are four lessons for building an agile non-profit organisation. 
7 October 2020
48% of NGOs may not survive the next two years, according to the worrying findings from our latest survey on NGOs' finances and staff cuts.
Young entrepreneur Buram promptly changed the focus of her sewing business to produce face masks for her local community in Mongolia.
16 September 2020
In times of uncertainty, both entrepreneurs and organisations have the ability and impetus to experiment and innovate with new ideas and approaches. What can civil society learn from the business world?
Mergers
3 September 2020
The crises this year has placed many NGOs in financial difficulty. Mergers have become an option considered by charity leaders and trustees alike from a position of financial necessity, but they may not be the only option.

Members' tweets

@TheHALOTrust
3 years ago

Mine clearance is transformative. That's why we're campaigning for a #LandmineFree2025 https://t.co/Nw4hK5XhR7

@IAPB1
3 years ago

The IAPB Standard List @IAPB_SL is working on updating an Essential List for #DiabeticRetinopathy. Until then, here… https://t.co/vmmHJUVyAH

@WorldHabitat
3 years ago

‘On the table’ conversation = likely to draw previously silent citizens into a discussion of problems and potential… https://t.co/Vo2DeqgLm6