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Coins and money stacked up representing cost transparency
A new model for cost transparency and cost recovery promises a more transparent and fair future in the delivery of DFID grants.
3 September 2018
Headshots of diverse people from around the world
Despite the sector’s progress in tackling inequalities overseas, the UK charity workforce still needs to overcome challenges in diversity, inclusion and unequal pay.
29 August 2018
Woman in Kenya waiting to have eye patch removed after surgery by The Fred Hollows Foundation
How The Fred Hollows Foundation has been using innovative forms of funding to fight avoidable blindness.
29 August 2018
UK prime minister Theresa May arrives at a summit
Theresa May announces that UK aid will be used to further private sector investment in Africa and to serve the UK's national security interests.
28 August 2018
Safeguarding Conference
Bond members came together to work on what we need to create sustainable sector-wide solutions to safeguarding.
23 August 2018
Midwife and two children she looks after, in Sierra Leone
NGOs are one of the main sources of imagery from the developing world, so we must consider the images we use and how they might affect perceptions.
20 August 2018
Parrots flying
Our survey shows NGOs' progress and determination in transforming safeguarding practices across their organisations, programmes and the wider sector.
16 August 2018
People with arms in the air
The most important parts of the government's new Civil Society Strategy, which sets the direction of government policy towards civil society over the next decade.
9 August 2018
Abandoned lifejackets on a beach
A new report looks at the impact of fake news on international NGOs' work and suggests ways to fight back.
13 February 2018
Protest march
A new survey shows that 90% of campaigners see charity campaigning under threat and recommends actions campaigners can take to protect it.
23 January 2018
Mother and baby in Sierra Leone
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
Ben and Jerry's homecoming event
With more and more businesses willing to speak out on social issues, Ben and Jerry's shares tips from their activism and partnership with the International Rescue Committee.
12 December 2017
Stack of newspapers
Research suggests how to break through anti-international development rhetoric to reach a sceptical public.
29 November 2017
With 32% of Conservative MPs wanting to prevent charities from lobbying, we need to defend charity campaigning for civil society groups and activists everywhere.
23 October 2017
UK aid supporters in Westminster
On International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2017, supporters from around the country came to Westminster to meet their MPs and talk to them about the vital importance of UK aid.
18 October 2017
Conference audience
A review of the speeches and activities from this year's Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem party conferences, focusing on the implications for international development.
12 October 2017
Palace of Westminster
The House of Commons International Development Select Committee (IDC) has published a report on its inquiry into DFID’s work on tackling corruption overseas.
25 October 2016
People in a field
At the risk of championing another buzzword that becomes meaningless after it’s been used in a thousand proposals, community foundations may offer an alternative to the top-down approach to development that many want to disrupt.
4 October 2016
Rt Hon Priti Patel, Secretary of State for International Development
Yesterday the new International Development Secretary faced Parliament for the first time; here is Bond's round up of DFID orals and her session with the International Development Committee.
14 September 2016
Graphic with thinking heads
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
Go to jail square on monopoly board
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
Transparent laptop screens
Oxfam, Fairtrade International and BBC Media Action were the top performers in the 2015 Transparency Review of 48 organisations.
1 December 2015
Open sign hanging in a window
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
Pile of used floppy disks
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
Women carrying water from stepwell near Jaipur
The 21st century has seen new types of business models emerge as NGOs react to changes affecting them and their audiences.
19 April 2017
The open source, decentralised database blockchain allows donors, aid agencies, NGOs and beneficiaries to operate transparent, agile and open networks
16 March 2017
Imran A. Khan, chief global technical lead at Sightsavers, discusses how balancing space for experimenting with delivering projects is key to being an innovative organisation.
8 February 2017
Planning futures
Koy Thomson, chief executive of Children in Crisis, on innovative business models and why the sector needs to be challenged more.
1 February 2017
Multi coloured modern architecture
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
Cash and vouchers being handed out in Nigeria
In response to criticisms of cash transfers we've rounded up some recent resources and opinions from social media showing their effectiveness.
4 January 2017
Now more than ever the sector needs NGO leaders that focus on impact. Bond provides insights on leadership and impact from its effectiveness programme.
21 December 2016
Child's hands under running water
This blog series presents perspectives on the meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Part 4 is by WaterAid's Clare Battle, and looks development effectiveness when it comes to water, sanitation and hygiene.
28 November 2016
Portrait of young ghanaian woman
Cigna's new CoverN'GO Regional insurance plan is designed specifically for key local and third-country national staff in Africa.
28 October 2015
An all-male panel at the Global Summit of Women
Last week I received invites to three events with all-male panels. This alone should be enough to shock you. But the responses I received from the event organisers are more incredible. Read on to find out who won the misogyny prize!
26 October 2015
Justin Forsyth speaking at the London Summit on Family Planning
Justin Forsyth has announced that he will be leaving Save the Children in February after five years as CEO.
23 October 2015
Christine Stegling profile
Christine Stegling will replace Alvaro Bermejo as executive director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance when he steps down at the end of November 2015.
12 October 2015
Islamic Relief logo
Jehangir Malik, UK director of Islamic Relief, will be leaving the charity at the end of the month after 23 years at the organisation and eight years at its helm.
25 September 2015
Scotland’s international development network, NIDOS, has announced the appointment of Jane Salmonson as its new chief executive officer.
23 September 2015
Harriet Lamb portrait
Peacebuilding NGO, International Alert has announced the appointment of Harriet Lamb as its new chief executive officer. Lamb will take up the post on 16 November.
15 September 2015
Convoy in Sudan
InterHealth and ILS have entered into a partnership to provide humanitarian and development organisations with a holistic solution to the challenges of managing staff care.
14 September 2015
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
Robot in futuristic factory
Bond's Futures and Innovation Group explores tools and emerging technologies that could revolutionise NGOs' impact.
8 March 2017
Imran A. Khan, chief global technical lead at Sightsavers, discusses how balancing space for experimenting with delivering projects is key to being an innovative organisation.
8 February 2017
Planning futures
Koy Thomson, chief executive of Children in Crisis, on innovative business models and why the sector needs to be challenged more.
1 February 2017
Multi coloured modern architecture
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
Drone flying on horizon
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
Volunteers in a school
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

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