From Development Dialogue 2017 handbook:
Development Dialogue is Nigeria’s leading thought-leadership Conference for Development Practitioners, Social Innovators, Social Entrepreneurs and NGO Players. It provides a rally point for thinkers, doers and changemakers who envision a better future for Africa, and are working actively for social good.
This year we explore the next big ideas, celebrate the power of social innovation to solve pressing problems and the role of the third sector as a key driver of economic growth and national prosperity. Currently, its third edition, Development Dialogue will also witness the launch of the BigWhy project, our new initiative – a stirring documentary of changemakers in Nigeria, building tomorrow today with their development intiatives, projects and organisations.
The one-day event usually features Keynote Speeches, Panel Sessions, Social Innovation Workshops, the Networking Hubs, Exhibitions and more. speakers at past Editions of Development Dialogue include Dr. Ousman Dore (Nigerian Country Director, African Development Bank), Ndidi Nwuneli, Mosun Layode, Gbenga Sesan, Akin Fatunke, Chude Jideonwo, Nike Adeyemi, Dele Osunmakinde, Seyi Oyebisi, Bekeme Masade and Akin Olukiran.
This year’s edition will run two impact sessions – the Morning Conference will hold a Keynote Speech, Lead Seminar Session, Social Innovators’ Showcase and Open Discussion Forum to promote insightful discourse around the State of the Development Sector, and how changemakers can create more purposeful work for Africa’s future!
In the afternoon, we will move to an exclusive Executive Roundtable for forward-thinking and entrepreneurial changemakers, to sit with industry thought-leaders, as we focus on Enterprise Side of Social, covering social enterprise models, how to profit with purpose, alternative fundraising strategies and telling your innovation story.
At the dialogue 2017, we have Dr. Bryon Adesina (past DFID South-West Regional Coorinator and CEO, Mothergold Consulting), Mr. Peter Bamkole (Director, EDC, Pan Atlantic University), Funbi Falayi (Co-founder, Passion Incubator), Adepeju Jaiyeoba (Founder, Mothers’ Delivery Kit), Kunle Adewale (Founder, Tender ARTS Nigeria), Crystal Chigbu (The Irede Foundation) and Ronke Aderionye (Executive Director, AgriHub Nigeria).
The Exclusive Executive Roundtable will play host to industry leaders including Sola Amusan (Citizenship Manager, Microsoft), Mfon Ekpo (CEO, The Discovery Center), Nneka Eze (Associate Partner and Lagos Office Director, Dalberg) and Bukonla Adebakin (Deputy COO, The Future Project).
Partners to the Development Dialogue include Crans Montana Forum, Geneva; Future Project Africa, HACEY Health Initiative, Institute of Voluntary Sector Management, LEAP Africa, FATE Foundation, CSR-in-Action, Talk Village Internation amongst others. Media Partners are Events Africa, Guardian Newspaper, Y!Naija, Bella Naija amongst others.