[About Conference]
Development Dialogue 2020

Development Dialogue is an international social entrepreneurship ecosystem conference hosted at Hubballi, Karnataka by the Deshpande Foundation. It 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 annual conference brings together over 400 delegates, 200 organizations, 200 startups and 1,000 university students to connect and collaborate over important issues of common interest.

Delegates find themselves coming back to the conference every year for inspiration and ideas.In the past we have hosted legends like former President Dr. Abdul Kalam; Nobel Laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Prof.Muhammad Yunus, Magsaysay awardees Deep Joshi, Harish Hande and Anshu Gupta, global business leaders and philanthropists like Ratan Tata, Narayana Murthy, Sudha Murthy and Ronnie Screwvala; and highly ranked Government officials like the Chief Secretaries and Department Secretaries among others.

[ Theme of Development Dialogue 2020 ]
Aligning Intention, Innovation and Impact

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.

[ Field visit and conference ]
Conference Outline

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.

What to expect at DD 2020 ?

Delegates find themselves coming back to the conference every year for inspiration and ideas.

A unique opportunity to closely witness Deshpande Foundation's initiatives in the spaces of Agriculture, Skilling, and Entrepreneurship.
Connect with over 400 delegates including speakers, CSR, Govt' academia, etc from around 200+ organizations; and experience a diverse range of perspectives
Listen to achievers and sector leaders on their unique accomplishment that could leave you with insights and inspiration!
Learn the perspective of stakeholders involved in the theme of panel; stand a chance to express your thoughts and co-create shared vision
Join the mega gathering where an enlightened civilians of Sandbox ecosystem listen to and interact with keynote panels of great achievers
Few interested ones could experience an event similar to DD 2020 but meant for Startups by Deshpande Startups