BOND Conference 2019

CFID Director Caroline Squire was invited as a guest to attend the annual BOND Conference March 2019. We are looking forward to working with BOND for our Annual Conference Reception in September 2019.

Over 1,000 people gathered at the QEII Centre in London to interrogate the most pressing challenges facing global civil society. BOND brought together NGOs, donors, government and private sector from across the international development and humanitarian sector to generate new ideas to drive positive change around the world.

The event had 6 Keynote and 111 thought-provoking speakers including; the UK International Development Secretary of Sate, Penny Mordaunt MP, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Indian trans activist Abheena Aher, Kenyan human rights activist Maina Kiai and South African author Sisonke Msimang.

You can read Secretary of State, Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP's speech to the conference in full here.

During which she annonced that small specialist organisations will get new UK funding (£3.35 million over three years) so they can help aid workers on the frontline respond to humanitarian disasters. She has also laid out her vision for the Great Partnerships initiative, setting out “what we could achieve if we enabled all that our nation has to offer and put it behind the delivery of the Global Goals”.

The Secretary of State also announced plans to lift the current funding cap on the Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) to support outstanding, small, grassroots UK charities working in developing countries. The fund makes it easier for small UK charities to access the aid budget, helping them to unlock new partnerships and fresh thinking. It was launched as a £4 million pilot programme in July 2017, and gives charities grants of up to £50,000. "I want every community in the UK to be able to establish that connection and show the world what Britain is about, and a larger share of my budget in future will go to those small charities who do so much with small sums."

You can read BOND's 10 Highlights Blog for more further detail here. It includes comments on:

  • Penny Mordaunt says FCO and DFID won’t be merged
  • Driving equality in our own workforces
  • Telling real stories about real people
  • Better financial regulation after Brexit?
  • Shifting the power
  • Don’t please funders
  • The SDGs aren’t just about filling gaps
  • Tackle climate change together
  • Stop speaking for the global south
  • Celebrating our successes