International Development Dinner with Bond
By Saxton Bampfylde
In April, Chairs and senior Board Trustees of leading international development and humanitarian charities gathered for a dinner at Villandry St James, jointly hosted by Saxton Bampfylde and Bond - the UK membership body for organisations working in international development.
Led by Peter Bennett Jones, the Chair of Save the Children UK, alongside Bond’s newly appointed CEO, Tamsyn Barton, and Saxton Bampfylde’s Aidan Kennedy, the discussion focused on how Boards in the sector can help to solidify commitment and understanding from both government and the wider public on the benefits and critical importance of UK international Aid. The imperative of embedding conviction behind the UK’s financial contribution in Aid - highlighting the benefit to the UK, as much as those elsewhere, was discussed, as was a focus on making sure that the sector’s own transparency, performance and messaging was of the highest calibre in order to build wider trust in the work of UK Aid. Better partnering, digital engagement and understanding of the inter-relationship between Trade and Aid were also commented on.
A robust and candid debate, the conversation ranged widely with co-ordinated actions discussed and agreed. There was wide consensus in the importance of the sector working through its challenges together on many of these issues.