In 2015, at the 8th Trialogue CSI Conference, we called on development practitioners to Make It Different: to create change by embracing innovation and learning from others.

In early May, nearly 400 delegates spent two days sharing experiences and insights on development and social investment. Scroll down to see some of our key stats, and click on the links below for outcomes from the sessions.

Conference highlights for this year include:

  • A total of 451 delegates attended.
  • 53 conference speakers provided specialist knowledge.
  • Fifteen breakaway sessions were held across five concurrent content streams.
  • 27 exhibitors showcased relevant products and services.
  • Over 24 000 interactions were recorded through the Poken.

Delegates indicated that the conference continues to offer value:
o 83% of delegates rated the conference as ‘worthwhile’ or ‘outstanding’.
o The quality of the plenary speakers was perceived to be very strong in 2015, with 90% of delegates rating their input as ‘beneficial’ or ‘very beneficial’.
o Delegates also firmly believed they had valuable ‘opportunities to ask questions and discuss lessons in development’ with 80% saying they found this ‘beneficial’ or ‘very beneficial’.

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The five themes and outcomes

For a selection of slide decks from the conference, visit the Trialogue SlideShare page.

Global trends

These are those big ideas that influence development across the world: how can we apply them in South Africa?

How innovation in philanthropy is changing the face of development

Data for making informed decisions that drive social change

Are the MDGs applicable in South African development strategies?

Improving education

Almost all companies support education and almost half of CSI spend is directed to it: let’s get it right!

Literacy as a foundation for learning

Systems innovation in ECD

Maths and Science: When to intervene

Tools for development

With the right tools – whether an online database or an M&E framework – the job gets done quicker and better.

“This tool changed my work”

Diversifying NPO income streams with crowdfunding

Are organisations learning from their M&E?

Financing and funding

Development initiatives are not the only area where innovation can happen – organisations need to look at new sources of funding and new models to attract it.

Innovation in CSI funding

Successful social franchising

Is CSI grant funding broken?

Working with communities

Ultimately, development is about people: How we mobilise them and how we serve them.

Creating jobs: Models that work

Empowered communities: Victoria Mxenge

Are community trusts the best approach to development