Paul Abernethy

Government relations and public affairs manager

Paul leads the political advocacy of Bond, working with parliamentarians and ministers in support of ending global poverty. He is the main point of contact for the Lobbying Group and is happy to help with any questions to do with public affairs.

He has over ten years of experience working in public affairs and campaigns, and in his spare time he leads a life that includes an unhealthy obsession with Marvel superhero films and Liverpool Football Club.


Former Development Secretary Justine Greening speaks at the Youth Summit, hosted by DFID, in 2015.
17 June 2022
Will we ever see a decoupling of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development? In what would have been the 25th anniversary of DFID, we ask: does the former department have a future at all? 
Girls going to school in Afghanistan in 2011.
9 March 2022
0.7% of GNI needs to be restored, otherwise we risk going from crisis to crisis with an inadequate aid budget, unable to meet the needs of people facing conflict, poverty and impact from climate change.
Megaphone on a blue background
17 November 2021
Influencing is an art, not a science, and there is never a right or wrong way to do things. But what are the theories and techniques that can help you understand how and when to spot opportunities for change?
The Manchester Central Convention Complex
7 September 2021
Tips and pointers for the party conference season for those in the development and humanitarian sectors, in light of the FCDO merger, covid-19, aid cuts and an escalating climate crisis.
Prime minister Boris Johnson leaves number 10 for the Integrated review
19 March 2021
Following the release of the long awaited Integrated Review, we look at the positives and negatives of the report, and highlight what it means for international development.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab signs ‘Dear Colleague’ letter to MPs following launch of new Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime Designations
27 January 2021
The most pertinent and concerning points from the secretary for foreign, commonwealth and development affairs' first meeting with the International Development Committee.
Celebration in D.C. after Joe Biden is announced as the winner. Eleanor Holmes Norton hears the news while speaking at McPherson Square.
12 November 2020
Joe Biden has defeated Donald Trump to become president of the US. We look at what his election means for humanitarian assistance and international development.
UK aid for people fleeing violence in Myanmar
17 July 2020
The International Development Select Committee criticises the UK government’s “out of the blue” decision to scrap DFID, saying the merger will jeopardise the effectiveness of UK aid spending.
30 January 2020
The government won't realise its vision of a global Britain if DFID is scrapped or merged with the FCO.
Downing street
18 December 2019
We look at the winners and losers from the general election following the Conservative party victory, and what this wholesale change could mean for international development.