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Free digital tools that can help small NGOs to reach more people, raise more funds or just work more effectively.
17 April 2018
Penny Mordaunt
Our highlights and analysis of the secretary of state for international development's five priorities and vision for DFID.
12 April 2018
Stats published by DFID show that the UK met the 0.7% Official Development Assistance target last year.
5 April 2018
Cargo ship
Three measures the sector could take to encourage INGOs to make bold structural changes.
4 April 2018
Children in Vietnam
Four common themes emerged from a Bond Conference session on how we ensure that no one is left behind, a core part of the SDGs.
3 April 2018
Mantis app hacked
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.
28 March 2018
Children at school in Kampala, Uganda
Despite the government reaffirming its commitment to delivering the SDGs, only two departmental plans refer to the Goals.
28 March 2018
Rural Women's Cooperative Generates Income and Improves Community Life in Guinea
Labour launched its new vision for international development on 26 March, highlighting the party's key priorities and announcing 34 actions it would take if it were in government.
27 March 2018
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
Group of people
As a civil society focal point, Bond will convey the views of civil society to government on issues coming before the Community of Democracies.
11 September 2017
Over 100 of the UK’s charities and campaigners have strengthened calls on the government to overhaul the Lobbying Act in a letter to Tracey Crouch, the incoming Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society.
30 August 2017
Nutrition know-how for mums and mums-to-be saves lives
A simple method to create engaging campaigns and communications based on audience insights.
31 July 2017
Taking 40 minutes to calculate the cost of a tweet? We want to hear your experiences of how the Lobbying Act has restricted your work.
18 May 2017
Lens
There are other ways to build trust in organisations rather than just increasing transparency requirements.
16 March 2017
The open source, decentralised database blockchain allows donors, aid agencies, NGOs and beneficiaries to operate transparent, agile and open networks
16 March 2017
End Corruption sign in Uganda
There is no quick fix to overcoming corruption in aid but there are some things we can do better - here are six suggestions for where to begin.
23 January 2017
Corruption is deadly sign in Uganda
With corruption being used as a reason to attack aid efforts, we look at how corruption affects development and what NGOs should consider to overcome it.
17 January 2017
Market in Oromia, Ethiopia
13 recommendations to improve the guidelines used by countries and civil society to report on progress made on the Sustainable Development Goals.
11 January 2017
Small child walking through a field
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
Children playing soccer
Since the signing of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) last year, countries have been getting to grips with this new, deeply ambitious agenda. The HLPF in July this year was the first chance to see what progress countries are making.
17 November 2016
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
In an ideal world, all evaluations would influence decision-making, improve practice and contribute to wider sector knowledge. NGOs need to commit to using learning to change.
27 June 2017
We need to embrace failure in the workplace if we want to innovate. Here are three tips on using failure to succeed.
11 May 2017
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
Nick Hurd MP
Nick Hurd MP has been appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Development following the resignation from government of the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP.
28 November 2015
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
Young refugee at Keleti train station in Budapest
In a joint letter, the heads of more than two dozen NGOs call on David Cameron to approach the new year with 'new resolve to address the appalling plight of refugees in Europe.'
4 January 2016
Speakers at a panel discussion hosted by Malaria Consortium
The World Health Organisation has launched the 2015 World Malaria Report, and Malaria Consortium hosted a panel discussion to look at what the EU can do to support malaria elimination within the timescale of the SDGs.
14 December 2015
Stack of euro coins
Many EU countries, including the Netherlands, Italy, Cyprus, and Portugal are exaggerating their aid spending by including "inflated aid", money spent in their own countries, in their official aid figures.
24 November 2015
Stacked pound coins
The French parliament has adopted a proposal to allocate 50% of the Financial Transaction Tax to the country's development budget, bringing to an end four years of cuts.
22 October 2015
UNHCR tents at a refugee camp in Iraq
EU heads of government have agreed a package of measures in response to the refugee crisis, including greater assistance to countries currently supporting large numbers of refugees, and increased funding for the UN refugee agency.
24 September 2015
European Year for Development | #EYD2015
On Tuesday 16 June Bond will host a breakfast briefing event as part of the European Year for Development, featuring a Q&A with Linda McAvan MEP.
15 June 2015
Tools behind a blank notepad
Bond ran a session at this year's European Development Days, focusing on how we can develop a narrative that builds public support. Tom Baker tells us his three key points
11 June 2015
Clandestine boat wreck in Lampedusa
Leigh Daynes explains why a permanent political solution is integral to ending Europe's largest migration crisis since World War II.
29 May 2015
We need to embrace failure in the workplace if we want to innovate. Here are three tips on using failure to succeed.
11 May 2017
Market in Ethiopia
Polling shows that although there are daunting problems many people in sub-Saharan Africa have significant hope for the future.
20 April 2017
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
Girl using mobile phone
The huge expansion in mobile usage is paving the way for better service delivery and increased transparency.
13 April 2017
Future factory
The poorer the country, the more susceptible it is to job losses through automation. NGOs must ensure that new ways of working don't adversely affect the world's poorest.
31 March 2017
The open source, decentralised database blockchain allows donors, aid agencies, NGOs and beneficiaries to operate transparent, agile and open networks
16 March 2017
Wavy abstract design
Although new technology offers great potential for humanitarian and development work, more needs to be done to develop ethical standards.
15 March 2017
Robot in futuristic factory
Bond's Futures and Innovation Group explores tools and emerging technologies that could revolutionise NGOs' impact.
8 March 2017

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