Frequently Asked Questions

What is Development Dialogue ?

Development Dialogue is an annual conference on social entrepreneurship hosted by the Deshpande Foundation. This year DD will be held in two locations: Nizamabad, Telangana & Hubballi, Karnataka in India. For more details Click Here

Who attends Development Dialogue?

Development Dialogue brings together passionate practitioners, philanthropists, business leaders, directors, CSR practitioners, government representatives of various hierarchy, delegates from abroad, entrepreneurs, academicians, investors, grassroots activists, local community representatives, global visionaries, representatives from for-profits & non-profits and many more individuals interested in development. The idea is to dive deep into the pressing challenges and come up with strategies to improve the quality of lives of people at the bottom of the pyramid.Typically the conference is attended by over 400 delegates from across India and overseas mainly from USA and Canada.

Why should I attend Development Dialogue?

A unique opportunity to closely witness DF’s initiatives in the spaces of Agriculture, Skilling and Entrepreneurship, and to connect with 400+ delegates from 200+ social enterprises and experience a diverse range of perspectives.

What is the theme of Development Dialogue 2023?

Technology for Impact & Scale

What is the agenda of Development Dialogue 2023?

The Development Dialogue 2023 is held in two locations in India- Nizamabad, Telangana and Hubballi Karnataka. The agendas for both these conferences are distinct. Please Click Here to view the agendas for both the locations.

When and where will Development Dialogue 2023 be held?

Nizamabad, Telangana

Date: 27th & 28th January, 2023

Location: Nizamabad, Telangana

Hubballi, Karnataka

Date: 3rd & 4th February, 2023

Location: DCSE Building, B.V. Bhoomaraddi College Campus Vidyanagar, Hubballi – 580031 Karnataka, India. View Location

Will there be an opportunity to share my ideas at Development Dialogue?

Over the past few years, we have made DD more interactive, especially focusing on active participation from the audience. Specifically this year, we are having deep dives in agriculture, skilling and micro-entrepreneurship. This will give ample opportunities to the audience to come up with valuable inputs to address the myriad challenges in these sectors.

  • For any queries on Nizamabad DD contact us on +91 80745 13810 or you can write to us at
  • For any queries on Hubballi contact us on +91-77609-65495 or you can write to us at

Do we accept delegates from abroad and other states of India?

We welcome delegates from around the globe to experience the Deshpande Foundation ecosystem and participate in the Dialogue to share their ideas and co-create strategies for development.


How can I register & is there a registration deadline?

Registrations are currently open.

  • For Nizamabad, Telangana Click Here. The last date for online registration is 15th January 2023.
  • For Hubballi, Karnataka Click Here. The last date for online registration is 20th January 2023.

Can I bring a guest to Development Dialogue?

You can request your guest to register as a delegate for Development Dialogue 2023.

What is the registration fee for Development Dialogue 2023?

Type of Delegate  Last date for registration Fees
Indian Delegate 15th January 2023 INR 2000
Overseas Delegate USD 100
Indian Delegate 20th January 2023 INR 2500
Overseas Delegate USD 100

What is included in the registration fee?


Social Immersion 27th January: A day prior to the conference, we host an exposure visit to the programs of the Kakatiya Sandbox in and around Nizamabad. The immersion starts at 08:00 am and ends with Tie Sangath dinner. We will share the detailed itinerary for the same, once registration is done. We request the delegates to reach the location (Nizamabad) a day prior i.e. by Thursday January 26the, 2023.

Event Day 28th January: The registration fee covers vegetarian breakfast, lunch, high tea and entry to the conference.


Social Immersion 3rd February: A day prior to the conference, we host an exposure visit to the programs of the Deshpande Foundation in and around Hubballi.The social immersion begins as early as 6:00 am. We request the delegates to reach the location (Hubballi) a day prior i.e. by Thursday February 2nd, 2023.

Event Day 4th February: The registration fee covers vegetarian breakfast, lunch, high tea and entry to the conference. We also host a post-conference event ‘An Evening with Legends’ between 7:00 to 9:00 pm followed by dinner after 9:00 pm. Guests may choose to attend or skip the event ‘Evening with Legends’ based on their convenience.

How can I pay the registration fee?

Payments can be made by net banking or direct transfer through our event management platform. Online transfer is the only choice of payment method.

Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

Since the conference is by invitation only, we won’t be able to transfer the registration to somebody else. Please contact us if you wish to cancel.


How do I get to Nizamabad / Hubballi?

Nizamabad :

The nearest airport to Nizamabad is Hyderabad (HYD). A direct cab from Hyderabad airport to Nizamabad is a one hour drive. Cabs can be booked at the Hyderabad airport itself.Alternate route is to take a bus from Hyderabad Jubilee Bus Stand (JBS) to Nizamabad (MGBS). A/c bus leaves for Nizamabad every 15 minutes from JBS. The bus ride takes approx 4 hours.Nizamabad (NZB) has a good train frequency from Hyderabad, Mumbai, and other cities. You can check travel and ticketing websites like MakeMyTrip for the same.

Hubballi :

Participants can fly from Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmadabad, Delhi, Chennai and Cochin. From Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru, overnight sleeper and semi-sleeper buses and trains are available to Hubballi. Online booking sites are easily accessible to book the buses, trains and flights.
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Where should I stay in Nizamabad / Hubballi?

There are many hotels catering to international guests in Nizamabad & Hubballi. Accommodation is available for wallets of different sizes. Online booking sites are easily accessible to book hotel rooms.

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For Hubballi Click Here


What are the available flights to reach Hubballi or nearby?

Are there any risks in traveling that I should be aware of?

Hubballi is a safe city and the crime rates are low. While it is not advisable to drink tap water, there is bottled water readily available in every shop. There is some risk of contracting malaria, but cases are generally mild and Hubballi has many capable physicians and hospitals for severe cases. We have had regular foreign visitors stay with us at Hubballi for long periods with no major issues.

How accessible is the event for persons with disabilities?

The corporate office of Deshpande Foundation is accessible by wheelchair. The main auditorium where Development Dialogue will be held has elevator access. Moreover, giant screens are placed in the lobby, providing complete coverage of the entire event. DF volunteers will be present to assist all delegates. If you have any more queries on accessibility please email your specific request to

How much should I budget for food and accommodation in Hubballi?

Luxury hotels can cost up to $100 USD per night, but more affordable accommodation is also available. International websites are very helpful in budgeting and finding somewhere to stay. Food is very affordable, with meals running anywhere between $2 USD at local restaurants up to $10 USD at high-end hotels.

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