Development Dialogue brings together people from diverse sectors that share the common purpose of creating sustainable solutions. It is an international gathering of social entrepreneurs, leaders from non-profit and for-profit organizations, government officials, grassroots practitioners and impact investors, coming together to inspire, share insights and forge productive collaborations.
Innovation abounds around the world and people and companies globally have great intentions in helping make the world a better place. Yet, with a few exceptions, the many challenges in the development sector show little significant impact. To achieve lasting and scalable impact requires innovative new ideas and approaches that align public, private and civic intentions to address common societal challenges. The Development Dialogue conference provides such an opportunity for leaders, implementers and policy makers to share innovative ideas and best practices and to build collaborations through which to achieve scalable social impact.
Motivated by the Companies Act of 2013, corporate CSR programs have sought to address some of these social issues. The Development Dialogue will bring together leading corporate CSR organizations and their partner NGOs to share successful program ideas, novel methods, and innovative approaches and will allow for knowledge sharing and partnering opportunities to build stronger solutions addressing common social issues.
The conference will focus on key strategic changes in the CSR landscape on Saturday morning and then delve deeper in the afternoon into the three verticals – Skill Development, Agriculture and Micro- entrepreneurship – with leading CSR partners in each area as well as partner nonprofits/NGOs and key governmental players. The sector specific discussions will allow for peer to peer sharing of best practices - from the corporate perspective as well as from implementing NGOs – and highlight unaddressed challenges and areas for collaboration and provide opportunities to align the efforts of the key participants in the room. Sunday will provide additional opportunities for interaction between startups, VCs, investors, corporate CSR organizations and aspiring entrepreneurs at the Startup Dialogue.
We are looking to partner with key strategic advisors to join us in designing an exciting forum, to identify the leading practitioners in the area and to participate as speakers and moderators in the sessions.
The conference consists of two days February 1st and 2nd with site visits planned for Friday, January 31st. The conference will open on Saturday with a series of plenary panels and keynotes that provide a strategic overview of the CSR domain. The afternoon will consist of three vertical sessions in parallel on Skills Development, Agriculture and Micro-entrepreneurship/Livelihoods. The sessions will include perspectives from Corporates, NGOs, and key governmental leaders and allow for in-depth discussion and dialogue. A focused parallel conference, Startup Dialogue, will be held on Sunday to bring together startups, VCs, investors, aspiring entrepreneurs, CSR organizations and leaders to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship.
Dr. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande
President & Chairman of Sparta Group LLC,
Chairman of Tejas Networks,
Founder and Trustee, Deshpande Foundation
Chief Executive officer, Deshpande Foundation & Managing Trustee, Deshpande Educational Trust
"This is my first Development Dialogue and so far I've spent the last couple of days touring around India and seeing all the great things the Deshpande Center has been doing and it's amazing. This is the first time that I've seen something on this scale working so cleanly."
"One of my favorite things that we went to was the farm ponds.
Coming from an agricultural background, I was so inspired that the Deshpande Foundation was able to increase profits for farmers by three or fourfold."