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The UK leaving the EU will have a big impact on civil society in both the UK and on the continent, but the sector should still work together to achieve common goals.
9 January 2018
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Recommendations for translating your evidence into something that will influence policy making.
8 January 2018
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After a busy 2017, here is what Bond and our partners would like to see happen in 2018.
4 January 2018
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The Charity Commission will be introducing a mandatory requirement for charities to declare income received from overseas, despite strong criticism from the sector.
3 January 2018
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Even though the “leave no one behind” principle is increasingly visible, there is a risk that development actors are not paying sufficient attention to what is needed to put it into practice.
2 January 2018
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We look at whether our predictions for 2017 became reality.
21 December 2017
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Bond and our members achieved a lot to be proud of this year. Here we pick out five highlights of Bond's work.
20 December 2017
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From blockchain to Brexit, fundraising to futuregazing, these were the ten most read blogs of the year.
19 December 2017
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Research from the Aid Attitude Tracker tracks public engagement towards global poverty. Overall, there has been a steady decline in participation. To sustain the UK’s role on global poverty, we need to be aware of trends and develop a new approach.
15 November 2016
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Find out more about our party conference events this year, which will focus on the future of international development post Brexit.
13 September 2016
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Being a campaigner is hard work: the challenges are big and the world is changing apace. Alice shares her thoughts on how campaigners can avoid a burnout.
11 August 2016
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Changing people's behaviour is difficult. Alice Delemare shares some behavioural psychology tips for campaigners, gathered at a recent CharityComms event.
2 August 2016
Theresa May speaking at the Girl Summit in 2014
Bond's Political Affairs Adviser, Ali Louis discusses some priority areas that the new government should focus on if Britain is to continue to play a leading role in helping the world's poorest people.
28 July 2016
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Bond's Head of Campaigns, Tom Baker, shares the questions he thinks he should be asking himself more regularly.
15 July 2016
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It’s been a difficult few weeks. With the future uncertain after the Brexit vote, Tom Baker offers some advice for campaigners.
4 July 2016
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Members of the Bond network respond to the Anti-Corruption Summit Communique released by the Cabinet Office.
12 May 2016
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Despite significant NGO investment in monitoring, learning and evaluation, the outputs rarely make it into the public domain. New research explains why.
15 December 2015
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While the UK has taken a lead on tackling corruption at home and overseas this year, it must get its own house in order to ensure its efforts are not wasted, according to the Bond Anti-corruption Group.
9 December 2015
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Oxfam, Fairtrade International and BBC Media Action were the top performers in the 2015 Transparency Review of 48 organisations.
1 December 2015
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More governments becoming "sustainably more transparent, more accountable, and more responsive to their own citizens" sounds good to me. But it's an ambitious vision.
18 November 2015
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The International Aid Transparency Initiative Standard allows organisations to increase transparency, share information, and improve internal processes. But there are significant technical challenges. IATI Boost could help you overcome these.
5 October 2015
People in Kigali discussing their priorities for the post-2015 agenda
The UK secretary of state for international development announced her department as an anchor partner for the new Global Partnership on Sustainable Development and an additional £16m of World Bank support.
29 September 2015
This post explains the new IATI data standard, version 2.x, and how to upgrade from previous versions.
23 September 2015
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What will it take to encourage NGOs to engage with data debates? The Bond Fast Forward report identifies issues such as lack of data capabilities. I’d challenge this as being too tactical...
28 July 2015
Women at food stall in Nairobi
This blog series presents perspectives on the upcoming meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Part 3 is by Gideon Rabinowitz from Oxfam, and looks at the sustainability and transformative potential of the UK's aid.
24 November 2016
Women selling fruit and vegetables near Nairobi.
This blog series presents perspectives on the upcoming meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Part 2 is by Dr Fanwell Kenala Bo AFRODAD Executive Director and looks at implementing development effectiveness in Africa
24 November 2016
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This blog series presents perspectives on the upcoming meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Part 1 is by Amy Dodd, Director at UK Aid Network and looks at aid effectiveness and what we can do to see progress.
24 November 2016
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For many NGOs, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is the foundation of their strategy to engage, serve and retain supporters and stakeholders.
11 November 2016
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The SDGs are an integrated package of goals and targets that should be delivered for all people in all countries. Never before has a global agreement been so encompassing and had such potential to drive change.
31 October 2016
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This year, Concord’s annual Aid Watch report finds that despite 2015’s high profile summits on sustainable development and finance for development EU aid is backsliding.
26 October 2016
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The Sustainable Development Goals have provided the global community with a platform to end poverty & hunger by 2030, however the Global Hunger Index has revealed that despite progress, at the current rate we will not be able to end hunger by 2030.
24 October 2016
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Data is fundamental to NGOs' digital strategies and enables them to build relationships with supporters and stakeholders.
18 October 2016
Gillian Caldwell
Global Witness has appointed award-winning campaigner and film-maker Gillian Caldwell as its new Executive Director.
27 July 2015
Andrew Norton
The International Institute for Environment and Development has appointed Dr Andrew Norton as director.
6 July 2015
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Build Africa announces Marie Stopes International's Linda Edwards as its new Chief Executive Officer.
15 June 2015
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Bond has launched an immersive one-year traineeship programme across Bonds extensive range of expertise
15 June 2015
Girish Menon
ActionAid UK has today announced the appointment of WaterAid's Girish Menon as its new Chief Executive Officer.
9 June 2015
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The rise in popularity of "voluntourism" has blurred the line between superficial adventure travel experiences and genuinely altruistic volunteer placements
12 May 2015
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European Development Days
European Development Days is taking place in Brussels next week and we'll be hosting a session on the development narrative.
28 May 2015
Ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council on Development on 26 May, the negotiations on the EUs position on Financing for Development and aid are almost finalised. However, the EU is yet to agree to recommit to any of the aid targets.
19 May 2015
Bond Associate Fabienne Poulet discusses how to stay ahead of the game when it comes to funding opportunities from EuropeAid, and where you can find them when they're published.
13 May 2015
A new paper from CONCORD lays out recommendations for EU decision makers for an ambitious framework to finance the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
18 March 2015
Today Bond launches a report on the EU budget 2014-2020 for NGOs. Taken together, the EU and its member states are the world's largest donor of official development assistance.
19 January 2015
Antsirabe, Madagascar
A new Eurobarometer survey revealed today that 67% of the UK public think that the EU and its governments should increase aid – up seven percentage points since 2013.
12 January 2015
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At a recent meeting of the Bond Futures and Innovation Group, participants explored business model innovation and how to go about it.
24 January 2017
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In January 2016 our experts predicted a range of trends for the year. We look at which ones are starting to be realised and what they mean for international development. 
5 January 2017
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Restless Development share their experiences of making innovation a key part of their organisation, strategy and staff development.
4 January 2017
Boy in wheelchair
Richard Frost, CEO of Motivation, discusses the organisation's social enterprise approach to providing more wheelchairs to developing countries.
12 December 2016
hand holding grain, other hands reaching out
This year, Concord’s annual Aid Watch report finds that despite 2015’s high profile summits on sustainable development and finance for development EU aid is backsliding.
26 October 2016
farmers with hay
The Sustainable Development Goals have provided the global community with a platform to end poverty & hunger by 2030, however the Global Hunger Index has revealed that despite progress, at the current rate we will not be able to end hunger by 2030.
24 October 2016
Currency exchange notice board
Post Brexit, foreign exchange rates are, and will continue to be, volatile. Here are some sensible steps NGOs can take to manage and mitigate the impact of currency volatility on their finances.
11 August 2016
Ideas on Earth
Why have donors from DFID to the Rockefeller Foundation called for innovation in development and why should it concern NGO professionals? Put simply, innovation matters!
8 August 2016

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