Bond groups are spaces where you can share and maximise expertise and best practice, influence governmental and institutional decision-making at national, European and global levels, and formulate collective policy responses on key issues.

Through our online platform My Bond, we ensure that groups’ work is shared with the wider membership.

Advantages of joining

  • Influence - access decision makers and influence policies that affect the work of NGOs in the UK and overseas. Groups also develop collective policy responses and make official submissions on important sector-wide issues.
  • Learn - through sharing personal insights, ideas, best practice and research with expert individuals, groups help you better position your organisation’s work.
  • Collaborate - network and build partnerships with organisations that are diverse in size and focus.
  • Connect - connect with expertise and knowledge from beyond the development sector, including businesses, think tanks and academic institutions.

List of groups

Our member-led groups maximise the development sector’s impact on areas such as advocacy, lobbying and funding, as well as specific themes and regions.

Advocacy Capacity Building

There is a scarcity of information on exactly what advocacy work is being carried out in the South. Some people even assume that none is happening. There is, in fact, a wealth of advocacy experience in the South, which may differ from conventional approaches used by northern NGOs.

The Advocacy Capacity Building Group wishes to strengthen the capacity of partners to influence social change in the South and to find out about the techniques used and the experience of bringing change. The group brings together new ideas, the latest tools, case studies and best practice on advocacy.

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The group recognises the devastating impact of corruption on governance, poverty and development, and aims to promote a zero-tolerance policy on corruption. A background on these issues, and an assessment of the UK’s compliance with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) is presented in the Bond Parallel Report on the UNCAC. A comprehensive discussion of the issues and more specific policy recommendations are presented in the Bond Anti-Corruption Paper.

The Anti-Corruption Group and its members are committed to supporting the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption.

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Beneficiary Feedback Learning Group

The Beneficiary Feedback Learning Group serves as a platform for discussion and for sharing practical lessons from organization’s experience with gathering, analysing, and responding to feedback from community members.

Beneficiary Feedback is a fundamental ingredient in rights-based programming and accountable aid practice. It is the means by which communities and individuals exercise their right to assess the relevance, quality and effectiveness of development and humanitarian interventions.

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Child Rights

The group's overarching goal is to see children and their rights at the forefront of the UK’s international development and foreign policy and practice.Its vision is of a world free of poverty, disease and injustice, in which children are empowered as equal partners in promoting development, democracy, peace and social justice, and enabled to survive and thrive in a changing world.

The group is committed to a rights-based approach that sees children as rights-holders with entitlements, and seeks to encourage the UK Government, in particular DFID and the FCO, to adopt and mainstream this approach across its work. Furthermore, it is guided by international standards and norms, most notably the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and is committed to promoting compliance with the Convention.

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This is an open space for communications staff in the international development sector to discuss issues that are important to them, exchange experiences, learn from each other's experience and provide peer support on a range of areas.

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Conflict Policy

According to UN agencies, violence and fragility have become the largest obstacle to the Millennium Development Goals. Building peace is therefore vital to effective development and humanitarian policy. The UK and some other donors are increasingly working to integrate development, foreign and defence policy in efforts to address conflict overseas. This has the potential to bring significant benefits.

The Conflict Policy group exists to provide a forum for discussion and policy formulation within and between the peace-building, development and humanitarian communities. The group's current priorities include conflict sensitivity, children and armed conflict, and conflict and fragility in the post-2015 development framework. The group also works closely with Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) on women, peace and security issues.

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Decent Work and Jobs

The Bond Decent Work and Jobs Group is an initiative of NGOs working with vulnerable communities around the world to open up new decent work opportunities and to bring existing jobs to meet the ILO’s standards of decent work, both in formal and informal sectors. These standards became integral elements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed in September 2015. Goal 8 of the agenda calls for the promotion of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work.

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Development and Environment (DEG)

DEG provides a forum where NGOs working at the interface of environment and poverty issues can exchange information, enhance their analysis, and coordinate their advocacy towards the UK Government.

DEG‘s goal is to increase understanding of the linkages between poverty and environment, and advocate for policies that support sustainable development that benefits the poor. DEG currently has active working groups on International Climate Talks, Climate Finance, Climate Change Adaptation policy and practice, and Sustainable Energy linking together climate change and energy access issues. The group plays an active role in the UNFCCC climate negotiations, and has influenced policy relating to SDGs, forests and REDD, DFID’s environmental policies, and sustainable consumption and production.

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Disability and Development

Eighty per cent of disabled people (around 500 million people) live in the poorest countries of the world. Yet disability is not explicitly included in the current indicators and targets set for the Millennium Development Goals.

The group brings together professionals from over 40 UK-based mainstream and disability-specific organisations, with a mission to develop dialogue with the UK government and other influential stakeholders to prevent discrimination and ensure that disabled people are considered and included in all international development policies.

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Disaster Risk Reduction

The number of people exposed to natural hazards has tripled over the past decade to 2 billion worldwide. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) aims to reduce the damage caused by hazards, such as earthquakes, floods or droughts, better survive the unavoidable and recover quicker whilst also promoting and protecting development.

In this context, continued and increased investment in DRR and resilience is essential for protecting local communities and for the achievement of longer-term development, including the Millennium Development Goals. As demonstrated during recent disasters in Haiti, Pakistan and East Africa it is the poor who are disproportionately affected.

The Bond Disaster Risk Reduction Group involves representatives from UK NGOs working to deliver effective DRR programmes with vulnerable communities. The group’s two core aims are firstly to share good practice and secondly to contribute to and monitor international DRR debates.

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Drug policy

The Drug Policy Group exists to provide a forum for discussion within and between varying international development organisations and aims to promote best practice on what works to address the impact of ineffective drug policy in fragile contexts.

Current themes of interest include stigmatised users and producers, the power of policy on drugs in the SDGs and preparing for the results to come from UNGASS.

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EU funding and policy

The EC Funding Group provides Bond members with opportunities to share information and experiences on EU funding and policy, as well as to contribute to advocacy and policy analysis work on EU funding and policy matters.

The group is the main point of contact between the Bond membership and CONCORD, representing Bond member interests in CONCORD's FDR (Funding for Development and Relief) working group and its sub-groups, and contributing to pan-European advocacy and policy analysis work on EU funding and policy.

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Faith campaign

The positive collaboration, strong grassroots activism and resources shared by the IF campaign faith working group during the life of the IF campaign opened the way for a more formal working group to ensure that the role of faith-based NGOs in campaigning is recognised and strengthened.

This group acts as a forum for campaigners from faith-based organisations, faith communities and those who wish to learn more about links between faith and international development.

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Financing for Development

This group aims to influence the Financing for Development process at UK, EU, OECD/DAC, ICESDF and UN levels with the objective to ensure sufficient finance for the future development and sustainability goals post 2015.

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The group provides a forum for Bond members to share their experience of relationships with UK funders, including DFID, the Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief. 

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Funding Policy

This Bond Funding Policy Group convenes mostly online to discuss and agree messages around specific areas of funding policy, especially with regards to the major grant-makers to international development organisations.

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Futures and Innovation

The purpose of the Futures and Innovation group is to provide a space for Bond members to think through the implications of major changes on the horizon and harness their ability to prepare for change and seize new opportunities.

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The Bond Humanitarian Group calls on the government to recognize that any direct linking of humanitarian assistance with political and security aims would be compromising core humanitarian principles and can create the counter-productive effect of losing access to and endangering those in the most desperate need during crises.

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This group is an open space for staff with HR functions to discuss issues that are important to them, exchange experiences, learn from each other's lessons and provide peer support on a range of areas. 

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    Latin America and Caribbean

    The Latin America and Caribbean Group is a forum through which UK-based agencies working in Latin America and the Caribbean can engage on common issues and share knowledge and learning to help raise the profile of the Latin America and Caribbean area, and to engage in policy and practice with other key actors and stakeholders.

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    Bond supports the coordination of joint policy advocacy in the UK. Bond members have varied issues and varied targets in the UK government. Bond tries to coordinate those different positions, ensuring coherence of messages in the sector.

    The Bond Lobbying group is a cross-sector forum for sharing information, planning and coordinated lobbying in the areas of international development and global governance.

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    Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

    This group is open to all Bond members, with a particular emphasis on staff working in programme or advocacy management or specifically on monitoring, evaluation and learning. The aim is to share learning and experience among Bond members to help improve practice on MEL. The group is also the main forum through which Bond discusses and develops its work on Effectiveness.

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    Partnership Approaches

    Working in partnership is a standard way of working for most organisations and the group is interested in learning from the different approaches to partnership and delivering results and achieving change. The group aims to develop learning and evidence, encourage changes in organisational thinking, policy and practice, to strengthen partnership approaches and promote institutional effectiveness.

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    Private Sector

    Created in response to increased focus by DFID on private sector development, as well as an increased appetite and energy among NGOs to work more on private sector development as a policy issue, the group facilitates:

    1. the exchange of information
    2. the coordination of policy analysis and advocacy
    3. learning and sharing about private sector practice and experience

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    Project Management

    This group provides a forum for discussion and the sharing of issues, challenges and best practice related to project management in the international development sector.

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    Public Fundraising

    Provides a forum for discussion and the sharing of issues, challenges and best practice related to public fundraising in the international development sector.

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    In an increasingly volatile world, where climate change, conflict, and poor governance undermine progress toward achieving significant development outcomes, donors and implementing agencies are strategically focusing on resilience. The Resilience Learning Group provides the space for interagency learning to drive enhanced resilience to natural and man-made disasters.

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      Small NGOs

      Based on research undertaken into how we can increase the effectiveness and the value of the services we provide our small NGO members, Bond formed a Small NGOs group. The remit is to ensure that Bond services are member-led and relevant to small NGOs.

      The group participates in a programme of networking events designed specifically for our small NGO members. These events are centred on key topics requested by our small members, and feature presentations from leading specialists, participatory workshops and networking opportunities.

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      Sport for Development

      This group is an active platform on which staff in the sport and international development sectors discuss thoughts on the barriers to maximising the contribution of sport to the SDGs alongside the overarching challenges of sport as an integrated part of development programmes.

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      Sustainable Development Goals

      The purpose of the Bond Sustainable Development Goals Group is to influence the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals by the UK International Development Sector and internationally, to hold the UK government to account for its cross-Whitehall international obligations under the SDGs and to monitor DFID’s progress and response to the SDGs. 

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      Technology for Development

      The speed of technological change is rapid, opening up new opportunities and capabilities but also creating new challenges.

      The Technology for Development Group has been established to understand the impact that such technologies can have on peoples’ lives and on the work of development agencies.

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      The Transparency Bond Working Group brings Bond member organisations together with academics, funders and others to discuss the value of transparency for the international development sector and to NGOs.

      The face-to-face group meetings every quarter offer space to hear about the latest academic research on organisational transparency and accountability, to learn about practical action to improve transparency and time to discuss some of the fundamental issues that the sector faces in terms of transparency.

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      UK Water Network

      Around 780 million people remain without access to clean water, and 2.5 billion people have no access to basic sanitation. The UK Water Network’s vision is to see universal access to clean water and basic sanitation for poor people, and to see sustainable and equitable water resources management.

      This group represents more than 40 UK NGOs working on water and sanitation. Its purpose is to provide a forum where these agencies can exchange information, enhance their analysis and coordinate their advocacy towards the UK government and other relevant institutions on freshwater issues.

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      Value for Money

      The Value for Money Learning Group provides the opportunity to further understanding and debate around the conceptualisation and application of Value for Money at programme and organisational levels. In recent years, there has been an increased focus on the demonstrable results of programmes and greater accountability of how funds are used. Value for Money has become a key focus for donors globally and it is essential that INGOs respond to this demand and use this opportunity to ensure that their projects are as economic, efficient and effective as possible, through an equitable process.

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