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.
The 21st century faces significant challenges from increasing income disparities to accelerating environmental changes, from food insecurity to increased strains on natural resources. While nonprofits and social innovators worldwide have made significant progress in addressing these issues, there is still more work that needs to be done to have a meaningful impact. To overcome these challenges and deliver substantial impact, requires new ideas, new competencies coming together in new partnerships and collaborations with common objectives and shared values. The conference theme - Reimagining Impact – challenges attendees to reimagine new models, organizations, and approaches that would address these issues facing our country.
Based on your feedback, this year the Dialogue is uniquely designed to enhance interaction between attendees and to develop action-oriented takeaways that will help you to build new approaches and achieve greater impact going forward. What has worked on the ground and what has not? How can we improve measurement tools to better determine value being created for complex challenges? What are new emerging issues for which we can prepare now? What are opportunities to leverage technology? How can different partners collaborate with more creative and impactful solutions? For the first time ever, a highlight of the Dialogue will be a special day dedicated to CSR with in-depth opportunities for engaging with NGOs, top CSR stakeholders, government officials and policy makers.
Co-founder & Chairman, Syntel
Hon. Krishna Byre Gowda
Karnataka Minister of Rural Development, Law & Parliamentary Affairs
T. M Vijay Bhaskar
Chief Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka
Dr. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande
President & Chairman of Sparta Group LLC,
Chairman of Tejas Networks,
Executive Chairman, Spice Mobility Ltd
MD, Microsoft Research India
Dr. Sushil Vachani
Founder & CEO,
Founder Indihood, Former Country Head, Google India
"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."