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29 September 2021
With Liz Truss now promoted to secretary of state for foreign, commonwealth and development affairs, here's what we think should be prioritised.
UNHCR convoy heading to Melkadida refugee camp, Somali Region, Ethiopia
22 September 2021
Insecurity is one of the main barriers to humanitarian access. the British government, as a major aid donor, has ethical and practical responsibilities to its partner organisations.
‘Seyifunmi Adebote from Nigeria speaking during the Youth and Future Generation Day at COP15 in Madrid.
20 September 2021
With significant barriers for delegates to reach Glasgow for COP26, what direction would world leaders take to act on climate change if young people are exempted from the consultations?
Brighton Pier, nearby to where the Labour Party Conference takes place this year
17 September 2021
Political parties are holding their conferences throughout September and October and there are many events being run by Bond members and allies. Here we list the must-see events taking place over the next few weeks.
School children taking part in a sports day event at Lords Cricket Ground
16 September 2021
This is the moment before COP26 to make as much noise as possible to call on politicians to raise their ambition and champion action on climate change. We need to show political leaders that this truly is the fight that unites.  
Liz Truss holds a Trade Envoy in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
15 September 2021
Liz Truss takes over as secretary of state at FCDO after Dominic Raab is shifted to Ministry of Justice, as prime minister Boris Johnson reshuffles his cabinet.
Police at a protest rally in London
13 September 2021
As the controversial Police, Crimes, Sentencing and Courts Bill (PCSCB) enters its second reading in the House of Lords this week, Rosemary Forest outlines the damaging impact it could have on UK NGOs ability to campaign freely
Illustration created by Vidushi and her team for Urgent Action Fund Asia and Pacific
10 September 2021
In order to stop perpetuating white saviourism, we need to strategically shift the narrative towards love, hope, solidarity and connection. We need to re-imagine our choice of images to represent people in their power.
School children taking part in a sports day event at Lords Cricket Ground
16 September 2021
This is the moment before COP26 to make as much noise as possible to call on politicians to raise their ambition and champion action on climate change. We need to show political leaders that this truly is the fight that unites.  
Liz Truss holds a Trade Envoy in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
15 September 2021
Liz Truss takes over as secretary of state at FCDO after Dominic Raab is shifted to Ministry of Justice, as prime minister Boris Johnson reshuffles his cabinet.
The Manchester Central Convention Complex
7 September 2021
Tips and pointers for the party conference season for those in the development and humanitarian sectors, in light of the FCDO merger, covid-19, aid cuts and an escalating climate crisis.
7 September 2021
Climate Action Network (CAN), a global network working together to fight the climate emergency, has today called for the UN climate talks COP26, due to take place in November in Glasgow, to be postponed. 
9/11 tribute in New York
6 September 2021
On the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, a look at UN Security Council Resolution 1373 and the damaging impact it has had on humanitarian response, development and peacebuilding, and what needs to change over the next 20 years. 
Dominic Raab calls G7 Foreign Ministers to discuss Afghanistan at the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office in London
2 September 2021
Yesterday the foreign secretary Dominic Raab appeared before MPs from the Foreign Affairs Committee to respond to robust questioning on the FCDO’s handling of its withdrawal from Afghanistan. Here's what we learnt.
Aman Palace, Kabul. Formerly the Ministry of Defence, the building was badly damaged in shelling and mortar fire in the Mujahideen era. It has been demined and internally displaced people now live in the ruins.
26 August 2021
A look at the situation on the ground in Afghanistan, the UK's role, aiding resettlement of Afghan citizens, what NGOs in country are calling for, questions that remain unanswered and how you can help.
Kabul International Airport
19 August 2021
With the Taliban taking control over Afghanistan in a matter of days, many will now question what the future holds for Afghans and whether anything from the decades worth of humanitarian and development assistance will remain intact.
COVID-19 Frontline Health Workers in Thailand
22 April 2020
How can the development and humanitarian sectors get their communications right at a time when everyone’s priorities have shifted and when the British public is being bombarded by Covid-19 related news? 
Delegates voting at the AGM
19 November 2019
Laura Jump was confirmed as a trustee to the board, and new guidelines on the ethical collection of images and stories were added to Bond's charter at Bond AGM.
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.
Calculator
28 October 2020
Crucial financial challenges that all organisations need to consider to survive the Covid-19 pandemic and plan for the future.
Terraced rice fields in Yuanyang county, Yunnan, China
20 October 2020
China’s position as one of the world’s largest development financers paves new routes to development, but there are worrying trends for civil society.
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.
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.
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.
The British public
18 November 2020
Research from the Development Engagement Lab suggests that the public don’t move in a straight line from low to more meaningful engagement. People jump around the various engagement categories, and often stick to certain categories more than others.
Covid response in Nepal
11 November 2020
How small NGO, Toybox, adapted its approach to remain effective during the pandemic.
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.
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

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3 years ago

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@WorldHabitat
3 years ago

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