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The latest news, blogs and opinions from across the international development and humanitarian sectors.

Bond experts, members and thought leaders from civil society provide the latest insights and trends across a range of topics, including: aid, funding, politics, Brexit, the SDGs, communications, public support, project management, leadership and civic space.

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"Ava" and her newborn baby at the IDP Camp, Bunia General Hospital, Democratic Republic of Congo 
15 October 2019
If we want to eradicate global poverty, we need to tackle the political and structural factors that are driving inequality.
ICRC providing clean drinking water at a refugee camp in Liberia
15 October 2019
We’re talking to Bond members and sector leaders to identify what the future should look like for the UK international development sector.
Zoe Abrahamson, Juliet Chua and Graham Mackay open our Funding for Development Conference
10 October 2019
Highlights and takeaways from our third annual Funding for Development Conference.
How do we plan for an uncertain future?
9 October 2019
We talk to Duncan Green of Oxfam GB about planning for the future when there is so much uncertainty
Bond CEO Stephanie Draper with secretary of state for international development Alok Sharma
3 October 2019
Highlights from the international development fringe events and speeches from the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
Labour conference
26 September 2019
Highlights from the annual party conference and what it means for international development.
Polling station
24 September 2019
With an election looking likely, the Electoral Commission has released its latest guidelines. How have they improved?
Drought
19 September 2019
With millions of young people set to join the climate strike, a look at how UK aid can help with the climate crisis.
Bond CEO Stephanie Draper with secretary of state for international development Alok Sharma
3 October 2019
Highlights from the international development fringe events and speeches from the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
Labour conference
26 September 2019
Highlights from the annual party conference and what it means for international development.
Polling station
24 September 2019
With an election looking likely, the Electoral Commission has released its latest guidelines. How have they improved?
Drought
19 September 2019
With millions of young people set to join the climate strike, a look at how UK aid can help with the climate crisis.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
Megaphone
8 May 2019
Nine recommendations for better advocacy, based on the experience of a campaign coordinating efforts to make the case for aid.
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.
Zoe Abrahamson, Juliet Chua and Graham Mackay open our Funding for Development Conference
10 October 2019
Highlights and takeaways from our third annual Funding for Development Conference.
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?
12 September 2019
ChildHope UK drew on the expertise of local partners to build a consultancy to deliver their mission and financial value.
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.
"Ava" and her newborn baby at the IDP Camp, Bunia General Hospital, Democratic Republic of Congo 
15 October 2019
If we want to eradicate global poverty, we need to tackle the political and structural factors that are driving inequality.
12 September 2019
ChildHope UK drew on the expertise of local partners to build a consultancy to deliver their mission and financial value.
Children from World Vision peace club in Kenya
12 August 2019
Children and young people have the right to participate in policy decisions that effect them. How can we facilitate this?
Satellite image
8 August 2019
A look at some promising ideas and projects showing how artificial intelligence can potentially help with international development.
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.
ICRC providing clean drinking water at a refugee camp in Liberia
15 October 2019
We’re talking to Bond members and sector leaders to identify what the future should look like for the UK international development sector.
How do we plan for an uncertain future?
9 October 2019
We talk to Duncan Green of Oxfam GB about planning for the future when there is so much uncertainty
Satellite image
8 August 2019
A look at some promising ideas and projects showing how artificial intelligence can potentially help with international development.
City skyline at night
12 June 2019
Olivier Usher from Nesta explores the transformational implications of data-driven tech in international development, and asks the important questions: what it’s for and who benefits?
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.
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.
Tanzanian woman and child with computer learning about digital
12 February 2019
More and more organisations are endorsing the Principles for Digital Development, which help guide the effective use of technology.
Silhouette of road sign
7 February 2019
NGO leaders need to make brave decisions in order to adapt and evolve for the future.
ICRC providing clean drinking water at a refugee camp in Liberia
15 October 2019
We’re talking to Bond members and sector leaders to identify what the future should look like for the UK international development sector.
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.
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.

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