The UK experience: Supporting NGO Effectiveness 

Video recording:


Tuesday June 10, 2014 |  12:30 –2:00pm | Washington DC

Join us for a discussion with Sarah Mistry, Director of Effectiveness and Learning at Bond. Sarah will share lessons learned from the UK experience. She will explore the different levers of change that are available to Bond as a network organisation and will explain how these are being used to enhance the accountability of UK NGOs. Sarah’s presentation will draw on the example of the ‘Bond Evidence Principles’ to illustrate how Bond is pushing for change at multiple levels, including;


  • working with individuals to improve capacity and seed good practices within NGOs;
  • working with NGOs to build strong, receptive cultures and to embed good practices;
  • coordinating NGOs to help them share with each other and establish good sector practices;
  • working with donors to ensure effective NGOs are rewarded - to incentivise good practices.


An example of how Bond has made a difference The Bond ‘Evidence Principles’ and checklist are for assessing and improving the quality of evidence in evaluation reports, research reports and case studies. They have set new standards for high quality evidence in the international development sector – and are a key mechanism through which Bond is pushing for the ‘voice and inclusion’ of beneficiaries to be prioritised by donors and NGOs. The Evidence Principles are now providing an important platform from which Bond and UK NGOs are able to have constructive conversations with donors about quality evidence. Find out more at:


Presentation: Supporting NGO Effectivness


Presenter - Sarah Mistry

Sarah Mistry is Director of Effectiveness and Learning at Bond, the UK network of NGOs working in international development. She was previously Head of Research and Evaluation at the Big Lottery Fund, and has worked in a range of management and evaluation roles for NGOs and government bodies. She holds Masters degrees from Cambridge University and the London School of Economics and writes on organisational learning, non-profit effectiveness and impact measurement.


Discussant - Olive Moore

Having worked for 12 years in participatory governance and humanrights, Olive currently works with the GPSA supporting their Knowledge and Learning initiatives. Previously Olive worked with Trócaire, the Irish Catholic Development Agency. As Coordinator of the Governance and Human Rights Programme she managed a team providing technical support to staff and CSO partners in 25 countries. In policy she worked on issues such as financing for development, aid effectiveness, MDGs and Post 2015, inequality and business and development. Prior to working with Trócaire, Olive worked with Amnesty International for four years advancing human rights based approaches in Ireland. Olive has also worked with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the European Commission. She has spent two years living and working in East Africa. In Dublin, Olive lectures periodically and volunteers accompanying inner-city communities in monitoring the local authority on health and housing rights. Olive has a Degree in Political Science and a European Masters in Human Rights and Democratization.


Chair - Roby Senderowitsch
Roby Senderowitsch currently serves as Program Manager of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). Previously he served as Country Manager of the World Bank in the Dominican Republic. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, his work in the Bank included a strong focus on political economy analysis, building coalitions for change, anti-corruption, and performance based management of public institutions. Before joining the Bank, Roby work with several NGOs in Argentina and Cuba, where he served as the Field Representative of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He has been a lecturer in Human Resource management in nonprofit organizations, as well as director of educational programs and community development and human resource management in the private sector. Roby holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Buenos Aires and a series of postgraduate courses at Harvard and Stanford University.