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Gururaj 'Desh' Deshpande listens intently, looking for people with ideas to solve Indian problems and to provide them a Sandbox to test them. He says that the only way you can fix impoverished communities is to move people from complaining to actually getting excited about problem solving. Read the article

The Hubli DD, driven by the Deshpande Foundation, has emerged as India's most sought after leadership and networking forum for NGOs, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, impact investors and development academia. Read the article

This conference is actually held in the field; Hubli, Karnataka is located in northwest Karnataka - eight hours from Bangalore or Mumbai. In the international development world, conferences are almost never held in the field. Read the article


highlights from development dialogue 2017

We take you through a day at DD 2017 that starts with registration, the kick off, and features keynote panels, sector panels, roundtables, workshops, mentor meets, catalyst pitches, and cultural presentations.

development dialogue 2016 keynote session profmuhammadyunusspeech

Prof. Muhammad Yunus is a Nobel Laureate, Founder of Grameen Bank and the pioneer of the microcredit concept. In this video, he talks of transforming the lives of impoverished people through a viable social business model.

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Here's what some 2017 participants had to say about the Dialogue: "The Development Dialogue has been a fantastic way to connect with folks, to get inspired by ideas, and also to think about my responsibility within the development sector"

Development Dialogue 2013 keynote speakers were mr ratan tata- chairman tata group mrs sudha murty chairperson Infosys foundation mr n.r narayana murthy chairman emeritus infosys dr raghunath

DD 2013's Keynote Address featuring Mr. Ratan Tata, Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy, Mrs. Sudha Murty, Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, and Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande. Mr. Ratan Tata took a moment to appreciate the Deshpande Foundation: "Here's an organization that is really making a difference. I've been struck by the fact that you've given a sense of belonging, pride, and dignity to communities. I've really been moved."

development dialogue 2016 walk the talk with shravani pawar and dr gururaj deshpande

NDTV features Shravani Pawar, the young founder of Safe Hands 24x7 which empowers women with limited sources of income to become security guards. Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande shares his approach to improving quality of life in India: "We don't solve problems, we let people solve their own problem".

Development Dialogue 2018 dr gururaj desh deshpnade welcoming all for development dialogue 2018 with new year wishe

Desh's take on this year's theme:
"We have a lot of big problems to be solved in the world and none of us are going to be able to do it by ourselves. So the theme is how do we all come together, collaborate and take on these big challenges to bring about a system's change and make a real difference."

development dialogue 2015 kailash sathyarthi keynote speech

Nobel Peace Prize winner and children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi shares his wisdom at DD 2015. Here's what he had to say about the Deshpande Foundation: "You are linking education, knowledge, technology, and entrepreneurship with farmers, which is very important in India" – Kailash Sathyarthi.

 Keynote Panels mr ashank desai mastek limited mr raju reddy kakatiya sandbox mr sundar kamath sanmina corp mr rajiv prakash

Envisioning the Future: One of the most invigorating Keynote Panels till date. "In many ways, you are getting a really good glimpse of the future right here in the Sandbox ecosystem. This element of addressing social challenges through an entrepreneurial mindset is very powerful, and it absolutely works." - Raju Reddy.

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NDTV provides insight into DD 2015's creators, participants, and the social entrepreneurship ecosystem that hosts it annually.


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