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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.
EU and UK flags
17 September 2019
With no-deal brexit still a very real possibility, what can UK NGOs do to ensure they get access to DFID's assurance policy?
13 September 2019
As International Day of Democracy approaches, we highlight trends that are restricting civil society across the world and key considerations for NGOs. 
12 September 2019
ChildHope UK drew on the expertise of local partners to build a consultancy to deliver their mission and financial value.
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.
The treasury
4 September 2019
Following chancellor Sajid Javid's announcement of the UK government Spending Round, what does it mean for international development?
UN Women Hosts Brown-Bag Lunch with #BringBackOurGirls Campaign Coordinators
4 September 2019
With the UN General Assembly round the corner, a look at the gender equality SDG and how it can be achieved.
Houses of parliament
3 September 2019
After a turbulent week in British politics, we look at the prorogation of parliament, what happens next and what it means for international development.
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.
EU and British flags
21 August 2019
The UK’s agreed date to leave the European Union on 31 October 2019 is fast approaching. What can NGOs do to prepare?
London at night
15 August 2019
In order to realise the Civil Society strategy, the new government needs to produce a plan as to how it will be achieved.
Boris Johnson campaigning
24 July 2019
The new UK prime minister's views on aid spending and DFID's future as an independent government department.
A group of young women with visual impairments get ready to compete in a Judo competition in Delhi
24 July 2019
A look at what has changed and what hasn't in disability and development, a year on from the Global Disability Summit.
African women speaking in classroom
14 July 2019
No country is set to achieve gender equality by 2030, so the UK government must lead on driving global change in gender policy.
Woman holding a female condom
12 July 2019
We must hold the UK government accountable for its global leadership on universal health coverage and HIV.
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?
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.
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.
Silhouette of road sign
7 February 2019
NGO leaders need to make brave decisions in order to adapt and evolve for the future.
Rickshaws in Delhi
7 February 2019
It is dangerous to assume that private financing has the same development impact as other aid flows.
European flags
5 February 2019
A new research study looks at how UK government funding of CSOs compares to trends in five other European countries.
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?
Man and child drinking tea
28 January 2019
Questions remain over when to use public-private finance approaches and how to get the best impact from them.
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.
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.
Civil Society Futures workshop in Newcastle
3 January 2019
After speaking to over 3000 people, the Civil Society Futures inquiry has proposed some recommendations for building stronger connections between charities and the public.
Paper lanterns in Sydney
18 December 2018
We've been very busy at Bond this year - here are eighteen achievements from 2018.
Swirl of barracuda
11 December 2018
Penny Lawrence looks at the structural and cultural changes multi-mandate NGOs can make to keep up with future trends.
Fish on coral on Great Barrier Reef
8 November 2018
Oxfam GB's former deputy chief executive discusses the challenges facing big international development charities and shares her insights into how they can remain relevant.

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