NGO Insight 2019

26 November 2019 London

Inspiring leaders in international development

Be part of this unique forum for discussing the specific challenges facing organisations working in international development. 

Participate in lively panel debates, join targeted roundtable discussions and benefit from expert technical briefings. 

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26 November 2019

  • 9.00AM - 9.30AM
    Registration, Refreshments and Networking
    Registration, Refreshments and Networking
  • 9.30AM - 9.40AM
    Chairs’ welcome
    Rose Caldwell, incoming chief executive, Plan UK and Leigh Daynes, chief
    executive, Y Care International
  • 9.40AM - 10.10AM
    Opening keynote : Power, privilege and shame: Facing up to uncomfortable truths

    Two years on from #AidToo, what has the international sector learned and what has really changed? Is the expanded focus on safeguarding going to be enough to protect those most at risk?  In this challenging opening keynote, Shaista Aziz will outline the shocking findings from the work of NGO Safe Space and consider how the patriarchal codes of power, privilege and shame play into the problem of sexual abuse and harassment in the sector.  She will examine what is really needed to achieve justice for victims and survivors, and explore what charity leaders must do to respond to their organisations’ uncomfortable truths and achieve genuine accountability and culture change.

    Shaista Aziz, former aid worker and co-founder, NGO Safe Space

  • 10.10AM - 11.00AM
    Expert panel: Seizing the initiative - a new discourse between INGOs and the media

    The relationship between the media and the international aid community is changing; INGOs themselves have become hot news, celebrity endorsers are falling out of favour, while movements such as #nowhitesaviours are
    challenging traditional portrayals of developing countries and their citizens. Can INGOs turn this shift into an opportunity to rebuild public trust? Join our expert panel to hear how some charities are already seizing the
    initiative - and what journalists really think of it.

    Mark Galloway, director, International Broadcasting Trust (chair), Ruth Davison, executive director of impact and investment, Comic Relief; Marcus Missen, director of communications and fundraising, WaterAid; Sean Ryan, director of media, Save the Children; Joel Kibazo, trustee, One World Media; Lucy Lamble, executive editor, Global Development, The Guardian

  • 11.00AM - 11.20AM
    Networking and refreshment break
    Networking and refreshment break
  • 11.20AM - 12.00PM
    1A. Trends from annual reports – how does your charity stack up?

    Each year haysmacintyre studies the annual reports of a wide cross-section of international charities, and identifies key themes and trends. Join this session to hear the key findings from their recent benchmarking report, and to learn how to use your annual report as a fundraising tool in a tightening funding climate. You will also be taken on a whistlestop tour of recent guidance and regulation from the Charity Commission and HMRC.

    Steve Harper, charities director and Murtaza Jessa, head of charities, haysmacintyre

  • 11.20AM - 12.00PM
    1B. Delivering contracts for DfID

    DfID’s new procurement regime has introduced a raft of requirements for INGOs and their partner organisations on the ground. Join this session to hear how Bates Wells has been working with INGOs to help them navigate
    these demands and overcome the challenges. You will also hear some practical insights from the experience of an INGO delivering DfID contracts in the field.

    Stephanie Biden, partner in the charity & social enterprise team, Bates Wells, and Anna Addison, contracts manager, World Vision

  • 12.10PM - 12.55PM
    Expert panel: The Art of Transformation - How much do INGOs need to change to stay relevant?

    The global context in which INGOs operate is changing fast, and the traditional, “colonial” model of aid that characterised recent decades is now outdated and unpopular. INGOs are under pressure to give up their power and change their ways of working. But is this really practical, or even possible, when so many INGOs are still beholden to massive service delivery contracts from institutional funders? In this session, our expert panel will consider whether existing funding models for delivering aid and development are still fit for purpose, and imagine new models where they can be genuine partners to local agencies in the field.

    Rose Caldwell, incoming CEO, Plan International UK (chair); Penny Lawrence, author, Whither large International Non-Governmental Organisations?; Marie Staunton, chair, ActionAid UK; Amanda Griffith, executive director, Family for Every Child

  • 12.55PM - 1.55PM
    Lunch and networking break
    Lunch and networking break
  • 1.55PM - 2.35PM
    2A.FX cost savings - Where efficiencies can be achieved

    The goal of an efficient treasury function of an INGO must be to help ensure that the full value is realised for the funding they receive. This session will look to explore where proficiencies can be achieved by, among other things: multi bidding foreign exchange procurement, selecting the appropriate foreign exchange providers to meet your needs and sharing lessons learned across the sector.

    Fionn O’Brien, FX Sales UK & Ireland, Global Payments Division, INTL FCStone’

  • 1.55PM - 2.35PM
    2B. Case study : All We Can’s new approach to grantmaking in international development

    Walking Together in Partnership is a new approach to grantmaking from All We Can (the working name of the Methodist Relief and Development Fund) that seeks to improve the organisational sustainability of its partners. Shortlisted in the 2019 Charity Awards, Walking Together in Partnership aims to deconstruct the outdated “colonial” funding methods that often leads to dependency, and foster deeper, more collaborative relationships between the charity and its funded partners . Join this session to learn more about this progressive style of funding which is characterised by mutual respect and a valuing of the local agencies’ expertise and experience.

    Graeme Hodge, CEO, All We Can

  • 2.35PM - 3.15PM
    3A.Case study : ActionAid UK’s feminist leadership principles

    ActionAid International’s new ten-year strategy enshrines women’s rights in everything it does. Keen to reflect this in its own culture, ActionAid UK is implementing feminist leadership principles throughout the charity. In this session, Girish Menon will explain what ‘feminist leadership’ means in practice, how to embed it organisation-wide, and what benefits it brings in terms of organisational culture and staff behaviours.

    Girish Menon, chief executive, ActionAid UK

  • 2.35PM - 3.15PM
    3B. Case study : British Asian Trust’s development impact bond

    The British Asian Trust, along with partners including DfID and Comic Relief, recently launched the Quality Education India development impact bond (DIB) - the largest education DIB in the world, raising $11million to improve literacy and numeracy skills for more than 300,000 children. Join this session to learn how this social finance model works, understand its transformative potential, and consider whether it could work for your charity.

    Richard Hawkes, chief executive, British Asian Trust and Ruth Davison, executive director of impact and investment, Comic Relief

  • 3.15PM - 3.40PM
    Networking & refreshment break
    Networking & refreshment break
  • 3.40PM - 4.15PM
    Plenary : The journey to sustainable development - the inside track from DfID

    In this session, Matthew Rycroft will outline the Department for International Development’s view of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and the role of DfID in promoting and helping to deliver them, before engaging in an armchair chat with Professor Myles Wickstead and then taking questions from the floor.

    Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Secretary, DFiD, and Prof Myles Wickstead, Visiting Professor (International Relations) at King’s College London

  • 4.15PM - 4.50PM
    Closing keynote : AI and development – how will machine learning disrupt INGOs?

    Humanity is at a crossroads, facing unprecedented threats and opportunities from mega-challenges such as climate change, the rise of extremism, and extraordinary technological advancement. In this mind-expanding closing address, Ian Goldin will examine these challenges and consider how the development sector should respond, zeroing in on the role that artificial intelligence might play in helping INGOs to achieve their goals – or rendering them obsolete.

    Ian Goldin, professor of globalisation and development, Oxford University; former vice-president, the World Bank; and former economic adviser to President Mandela

  • 4.50PM - 4.55PM
    Chairs’ closing observations
    Chairs’ closing observations


Great ways to save!

  1. Be an early bird! Book your place by 25 October to save £99.00 off the ticket price.
  2. Attend with your team!
    Ensure your whole team benefits from a great day's learning. With the Charity Team Ticket you can send up to four people for less than £150 each, saving your charity 40% on the booking fee. 
Ticket type Early bird
(booking made by 25 October)
Booking after 25 October
Charity delegate £150 £249
Charity Team Ticket (up to four places) £499 £599
Non-charity delegate £699 £749


·         Intimate series of important and topical conversations for NGOs in 2018 – Gerard Witham, RedR UK

·         Wide variety of topics, important and challenging conversations we need to have – Victoria Rae, Place2Be

·         A fascinating set of insights on very important issues for NGOs generally – Charlotte Melly, Peace Direct

·         A wonderfully insightful event with a high calibre of speakers. I learned a lot and it has given me much food for thought – Alice More O’Ferrall, WWF International

·         Good sessions/topics that feel very relevant – Nicki Deeson, Amnesty International

·         Well organised and a good range of topics – Tom Crame, Amnesty International


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