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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.
Donation box
13 August 2019
It’s time to examine our funding paradigms and transform the way NGOs fund their missions.
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.
An aerial view of flooding in Sukkur, northern Sindh
6 August 2019
Key trends shaping how the humanitarian financing landscape is (and is not) changing from Development Initiatives' global humanitarian assistance report 2019.
Cleaning Operation in PoC1
1 August 2019
How NGOs can address the emotional wellbeing of NGO staff and the challenges faced during and after deployment in the humanitarian field.
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.
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.
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.
Sky scrapers and slum cityscape
8 July 2019
While the HLPF is reviewing global progress in achieving Goal 10, the UK government needs to prioritise action to reduce inequality between and within countries.
Wall of brick with the UN SDGs
28 June 2019
The UK government's voluntary national review and plans for delivering the SDGs lack analysis and ambition.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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