Bond is the UK membership body for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in international development.
Established in 1993 on the initiative of 61 NGOs working in international development, we have 358 members (at 31 March 2011) ranging from large bodies with a world-wide presence to smaller, specialist organisations working in certain regions or with specific groups of people.
What Bond does
We promote, support, represent and, on occasion, lead the work and interests of UK international development organisations.
They do this through the exchange of experience, ideas and information and, as the UK network of international development organisations, supports members to strengthen the quality and effectiveness of the sector.
Policy and campaigning:
Bond facilitates collective action by its members and wider UK civil society to influence the policies and practice of governments and institutions at UK, European and international levels.
They represent their membership in various national and international networks in the UK and the rest of Europe.
They also advocate on behalf of Bond members on the regulatory and funding environment in which they operate.
One of the main ways that Bond engages with members and provides a platform for collective advocacy is through the groups programme.
As part of a Bond group, member organisations can work together on specific issues with more efficiency and effectiveness to achieve greater influence. Their work brings benefits to other members through the development of expertise in the development sector.
Learning and training:
To help build the capacity and professionalism of the sector, Bond provides a comprehensive learning and training programme for member organisations. This programme includes one- and two-day workshops and alternative learning methods.
Networking and communications:
Bond offers a range of networking opportunities for members to meet and exchange views and experience with peers, and to help promote the sharing of best practice across a broad range of areas.
This is complemented by a range of other communications, including a variety of print, online and e-communications, all designed to keep members up to date with news and issues that are of relevance to the development sector.