Rosemary Forest

Rosemary Forest

Policy and advocacy adviser

Rosemary is Bond’s policy and advocacy adviser focusing on civic space in the UK and transparency across the international development sector. She is the main point of contact for the Transparency Working Group and the IATI Community of Practice, and convenes the Civil Society Voice Influencing Group.

Prior to Bond, Rosemary has worked in advocacy on a range of issues including peacebuilding, climate and disaster risk finance, and disaster risk reduction.


Police clash with protesters at an anti-austerity rally in 2011
15 December 2021
We review the good, the bad and finally, the downright ugly developments that took place this year for for those campaigning for human rights and civic space in the UK and globally, before looking at opportunities for change in 2022.  
Houses of parliament
21 October 2021
The government is looking to make further changes to the rules governing elections, which could have a big impact on charity campaigning. The Elections Bill will make an already complicated and burdensome area of law even more confusing for NGOs.
Police at a protest rally in London
13 September 2021
As the controversial Police, Crimes, Sentencing and Courts Bill (PCSCB) enters its second reading in the House of Lords this week, Rosemary Forest outlines the damaging impact it could have on UK NGOs ability to campaign freely
A demonstration congregates
2 June 2021
Campaigners had a tremendous impact on the UK government’s responses to Covid-19 in the first year of the pandemic. As we enter the second year of the pandemic, we need to reset the relationship between campaigners and decision makers. 
Police at a protest rally in London
17 March 2021
The right to protest is under threat globally and the UK, for whom open societies is purportedly a foreign and development priority, should be leading by example. 
Fondation Chirezi
1 May 2019
Three ways that international NGOs and donors can support local CSOs to lead their own development agendas.