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British and Sierra Leonean medics work together at Connaught Hospital, Freetown
10 February 2020
As the UK exits the European Union, we have the chance to redefine what role we play on the world stage. But the right steps need to be taken to ensure "Global Britain" is a success.
"Hope" a CSO special plenary session hosted by UN Women
4 February 2020
70% of INGO staff are women, but only 30% of those women reach the top of their organisations. We look at the social and systemic barriers preventing women and women of colour from progressing in their careers.
30 January 2020
The government won't realise its vision of a global Britain if DFID is scrapped or merged with the FCO.
Fuleira Mohammed undergoing trachoma surgery
29 January 2020
On the first ever World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day, a look at how far we've come towards eradicating these diseases since the London Declaration, and how far we've still got to go.
Leaders, country representative and key speakers at the UK-Africa Investment Summit
24 January 2020
Bringing together leaders of 20 African countries and UK government, the UK-Africa Investment Summit could be a game-changer for the world's poorest, but the devil is in the detail.
Snow leopards in the wild
22 January 2020
2020 is a time for important actions that will impact generations to come. Here are five global opportunities to protect nature, climate and people.
UK aid for Haiti being loaded onto a Royal Fleet Auxillary ship
16 January 2020
With only three government departments meeting the UK's targets on transparency on aid spending, we provide analysis and suggestions on how the UK government can ensure aid is most effectively spent.
Nana Afadzinu holding a workshop on #ShiftThePower
16 January 2020
NGOs in the global south often have to jump through hoops for foreign donors. They are bereft of power in many ways. How can we shift the power to make it more balanced?
The UN
18 December 2019
An analysis of the talking points and decisions from UN COP25 climate conference from the Development and Environment Group
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.
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.
Voters in Dewbury go in to a polling station
21 November 2019
We round up the Liberal Democrats' pledges on UK aid, foreign policy, human rights, climate change and other areas of international development.
Empower Tanzania project
19 November 2019
Children’s rights are something everyone can and must agree on if we are to successfully broker a brighter future for all.
Polling slip
1 November 2019
As UK parliament is dissolved and the civil service is put under restrictions, we break down how your advocacy will be affected and how you can campaign during the election.
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.
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?
The treasury
4 September 2019
Following chancellor Sajid Javid's announcement of the UK government Spending Round, what does it mean for international development?
Donation box
13 August 2019
It’s time to examine our funding paradigms and transform the way NGOs fund their missions.
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. 
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.
Alok Sharma
25 July 2019
Alok Sharma has been appointed as the new secretary of state for international development as prime minister Boris Johnson names his first cabinet.
People looking at visual minutes wall
19 June 2019
Bond's new CEO highlights challenges and opportunities for the sector as we enter the “decade of delivery”.
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.

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