Author Archive | Louise Richmond

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DFID to launch UK’s first development impact bond

The UK is to launch it’s first development impact bond.  Development impact bonds are an adaptation of social impact bonds. These are a type of payment-by-results agreement where investors put money into an organisation to pay for an intervention, and are repaid at a profit by funders if the intervention proves successful.  The main difference […]

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IF campaign evaluation results just published

The full independent evaluation of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign is now available.  Written by Steve Tibbett and Chris Stalker from the Advocacy Hub, the report assesses the campaign against its objectives and provides lessons and recommendations for future coalition campaigns. From the outset Bond lead the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning of the […]

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UK government meets foreign aid target

UK meets pledge to spend 0.7% of gross national income on aid to poorer nations, but this unpopular target is barely mentioned.  According to provisional figures released this week, the UK spent £11.4bn on aid in 2013 – or about £180 per person – a 30.5% jump from 2012 (£8.8bn).  Africa received the largest share […]

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Haiti and Hurricane Katrina inspire revolutionary new disaster shelters

Low cost portable, reusable shelters – the Exo – will help provide temporary housing for future victims of natural disasters. This is the result of an invention by a Texas-based start-up firm, Reaction Housing.  Their founder Michael McDaniel, came up with the idea after becoming frustrated with the slow humanitarian response following Hurricane Katrina in […]

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The Hepatitus C Challenge

An estimated 150-180 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis C, many unaware they are infected because the initial stages have no symptoms.  Up to 500,000 die every year.  Manufacturers of new hepatitis C medicines are likely to offer the poorest countries a less expensive version.  But according to the Lancet medical journal, pharmaceutical firms […]

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Aim for a Bond International Development Award

Is your non profit a member of BOND, the UK membership body for organisations working in international development?  Then here is a reminder to consider an entry for a  Bond International Development Award.  In this first year, there will be one award that will focus specifically on inspiring collaborations.  You will need to produce a […]

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8 March 2014 – International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.  Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of […]

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