Helen Rumford

Helen Rumford

Policy and advocacy advisor

Helen is the policy and advocacy advisor on aid. She works with the sector to promote effective and impactful use of ODA and to progress thinking on what ‘good’ development spend means today.

Prior to Bond, she worked in international climate finance, managing a range of nature and biodiversity programmes across Southern Africa and Latin America.


Foreign Secretary Liz Truss holds Baltic Summit
13 April 2022
A look at what we learned from the release of the UK’s Provisional Statistics on International Development and the OECD DAC Preliminary ODA Levels. These statistics give us an insight into how the UK chose to spend its ODA in 2021.
Tents supplied by UK aid in a camp for displaced people in northern Iraq
22 March 2022
To address extreme poverty, the UK’s approach to development and how it spends its aid budget must be framed around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and anchored in the principle to Leave No One Behind.  
UK aid logo Credit: DFID / Rich Taylor
13 December 2021
It has been a difficult year for UK Aid with cuts, reprioritisation and a lack of transparency. But it has also been a year of discovery and reflection, of solidarity and of laying the groundwork for the future away from government decisions.  
A stockpile of Covid-19 vaccinations
30 November 2021
The UK and others need to wake up to their responsibilities on Covid vaccines. The pandemic will not go away if the majority of the world is blocked from vaccination, and the longer this takes the more deaths will happen.
The COP26 coming to a close.
16 November 2021
Whilst there were some positive agreements over the fortnight, civil society, and even the Cop President Alok Sharma, have acknowledged Cop26 did not deliver the hoped-for level of ambition and action. Here is a summary of the key outcomes.
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak works on his Spending Review speech with members of his team in his offices in 11 Downing Street
25 October 2021
In the wake of 18 months of devastating cuts to those most vulnerable, it is unconscionable that the UK government is considering using ‘free money’ intended to help the world’s poorest to save themselves money instead.
30 September 2021
The FCDO has released their annual Statistics on International Development, but do they provide any clarity on where the 2020 aid cuts fell and do we have a better idea of what the UK’s humanitarian aid and development priorities are?
2 August 2021
With so much riding on the international development strategy, we will be anxious to see whether ODA remains focused on delivering long-term, sustainable and community-led programmes, for the people who need them the most.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab boards a plane after visiting Jakarta
9 April 2021
A first look at how UK aid shaped up in this unusual year, including what the government's statistics don't tell us.