Deshpande Foundation organized social entrepreneurship conference ‘Development Dialogue’ begins tomorrow

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Image courtesy: Deshpande Foundation

Image courtesy: Deshpande Foundation

The 2014 edition of the Deshpande Foundation organized Development Dialogue begins tomorrow, Jan 20th and wraps up on January 22nd.

Development Dialogue is a platform, for social entrepreneurs to showcase proven ideas, models and innovations, which have transformed local and international communities. The annual conference that is held in Hubli, Karnataka, brings together a diverse set of participants including: practitioners, philanthropists, business leaders, directors, local government representatives, international delegates, entrepreneurs, academics, investors, grassroots activists, local community representatives and global visionaries. Last year DD 2013 attracted more than 2,000 participants.

The theme for DD 2014 is ‘Counting What Matters’: conference attendees are invited to deliberate on what counts the most – both for individuals affected and for ecosystems being designed to address development issues. Key note speakers for this year’s event include Union Minister Jairam Ramesh, Deep Joshi, co-founder of PRADAN, T.V. Mohandas Pai, vice-president Bangalore Political Action Group, Karnataka state minister Kimmane Rathnakar and R.V. Deshpande, founder Deshpande Foundation. Previous keynote speakers include ex-Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata, Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy and former Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, R Mashelkar.

Some of the topics for this year’s breakout sessions are on healthcare, farming, livelihoods, scaling up, skill-based education, out of the box ideas, need for funding, technology for impact, skilled labor to grassroots entrepreneurs and CSR’s role in education.

The final day of the conference is devoted to field visits to Hubli Sandbox NGO partner locations to learn more about how they are leveraging the model.