Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2020 2020-02-28T11:55:59+00:00

Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2020

In 2020, responsible business consultancy Trialogue, in collaboration with corporate partners and sponsors, will present the 13th annual Trialogue Business in Society Conference, themed 20/20 vision. This industry-leading annual event promotes thought leadership, cross-sector collaboration and innovation for more effective development, and brings together more than 400 corporate, non-profit, government, media and academic delegates.

Download programme (coming soon)

Key themes at the Trialogue Business in Society Conference: 20/20 Vision

1. Breaking barriers to quality education

Presented in partnership with Old Mutual

How can all sectors of society help to promote literacy as a cornerstone of quality education, collaborate to improve impact in the sector, and support early childhood development to help lay the groundwork for a lifetime of learning?

2. Further education reform and employability

Presented in partnership with Absa

How should further education and training be preparing our youth to grow our economy, how can all sectors best support young entrepreneurs to compete in a disruptor economy, and what kind of innovation is needed for job creation at scale?

3. ICT for development

Presented in partnership with Vodacom  

What can we do to ensure that tech helps to bridge, rather than deepen, our social divide, that women and girls are adequately supported to thrive in the ICT sector, and how will tech impact the future of work?

4. Trialogue Donors’ Den 2020

Presented in partnership with MTN

How are youth empowerment-focused non-profit organisations drawing from their monitoring and evaluation insight to improve their programming?


Dr Mamphele Ramphele, ReimagineSA

Dr Mamphela Ramphele has had a celebrated career as an activist, medical doctor, academic, businesswoman and political thinker. She is the author of several books and publications on socioeconomic issues in South Africa. Dr Ramphele is cofounder of ReimagineSA and co president of The Club of Rome. She has received numerous national and international awards acknowledging her scholarship and leading role in spearheading projects for marginalised people in South Africa and elsewhere.



Twitter:        @mamphelar


Busisiwe Mavuso, Business Leadership South Africa

Busisiwe Mavuso is a chartered certified accountant and holds a master’s degree in business leadership, a postgraduate qualification in management from GIBS and a B.Compt in accounting from UNISA. She is an executive director and the chief executive officer at Business Leadership South Africa; an independent association of the leaders of some of South Africa’s biggest and most well-known organisations and a forum for engaging key players, including civil society and labour, to exchange ideas in the national interest, and to create effective dialogue with government and other stakeholders.

Busi is also a non-executive director on the board of Eskom; Business Unity South Africa; Resultant Finance (a PIC investee company); and serves on the advisory committee on finance and procurement at the University of Fort Hare.

Call for applications: Trialogue Donors Den 2020, presented in partnership with MTN

How is your NPO improving its work with youth, based on insight gained from M&E?

The Trialogue Business in Society Conference promotes thought leadership, collaboration and innovation for more effective development, with emphasis on the integral role of business in society. The conference programme will include an audience-favourite pitching session, presented in partnership with MTN, that will take place at 14:00 on Wednesday, 22 April.

In 2020, Trialogue Donors Den will be themed around good monitoring and evaluation (M&E) practices among non-profit organisations (NPOs) working on youth empowerment projects or programmes. The three NPOs selected to pitch will each have ten minutes to present on how they have monitored and evaluated a specific youth empowerment programme or project and how they intend to use the insight gained to improve their interventions moving forward.

A panel of corporate, donor and M&E experts will provide feedback and, together with the audience, will rank the NPOs. Judges’ votes are tallied with the audience’s votes (cast on the conference mobile app), with the winner receiving R25 000, the runner up receiving R15 000 and the NPO in third place receiving R10 000 in prize money.

In addition, NPOs selected to participate will also receive complimentary tickets to attend the full Trialogue Business in Society Conference, as well as flights and accommodation (if required).

Application criteria

  • Must be an NPO registered with the Department of Social Development
  • Must be working with youth (defined as young people between the ages of 16 and 35)
  • Must have undertaken some level of monitoring and evaluation on a youth project / programme

NPOs that meet all of the above criteria are invited to submit this completed form to by 5pm on Friday, 13 March.

Download Application Form

Frequently asked questions

Pre-conference masterclasses – Monday, 20 April 

A full day of masterclasses for conference delegates who want to hone their knowledge on specific topics (still to be confirmed).

Main conference – Tuesday, 21, and Wednesday, 22 April 

Features approximately 50 expert speakers, 20 plenary and breakout sessions, 30 exhibitions and plenty of networking opportunities, including a cocktail event. Plenary sessions, including keynote addresses and panel discussions, will provide overviews and framing of key topics in development, and will be followed by three related breakout sessions, offering delegates varied levels of engagement.

Delegate type Early bird rate (until 28 February) Rate from 1 March
Corporate and government R6 000 (R6 900 incl VAT) R7 000 (R8 050 incl VAT)
NPO, independent and academic R3 500 (R4 025 incl VAT) R4 500 (R5 175 incl VAT)

Group discounts are available for three to five delegates, at 7.5%. Six or more delegates will be discounted by 10%.

The Wanderers Club
21 North Street & Rudd Road, Illovo, Johannesburg

The Protea Hotel Wanderers, located across the parking area of the conference venue, is making a limited number of rooms available at preferential rates for Trialogue conference delegates, subject to availability at the time of booking. Use the booking code ‘TRI’ in order to qualify.

Please note that Trialogue does not arrange or oversee delegate travel or accommodation.

The Protea Hotel Wanderers

Corner Corlette Drive and Rudd Road, Illovo
(+27) 11 770 5500,28.0525735,15z

The overarching theme of this year’s conference is 20/20 vision, and will focus on how to reform the quality of basic and further education, bolster employability, leverage tech for development, and how monitoring and evaluation can be drawn on to improve the effectiveness of developmental programming.

A final programme will be shared in mid-March.

Yes, both non- and for-profit development-related organisations can exhibit at a cost of R14 500, but there is limited space available and stands are assigned on a first-come basis.

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We invite speakers based on their work’s alignment with our themes.

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Fundraising in a disruptive world

Change is the new normal in a world facing unprecedented environmental, economic and political challenges. In this masterclass, Louise Drive, Executive Director of IPASA, and Sarah Scarth, Global Programmes and Partnership Director at Resource Alliance, will share local and global fundraising trends across different donor groups (i.e. corporate, foundations and individuals) and lead a participatory workshop on how to overcome the challenges and identify and drive forward opportunities for you to survive and thrive in this new world.

Who should attend?

Leaders of NPOs, senior fundraisers, and those responsible for fundraising (i.e. trustees). Leave this masterclass with a plan for how to adapt, remain relevant and sustain your organisation in these challenging times.

Strategic CSI

What is Strategic CSI and how does it relate to shared value? The term shared value is used pervasively by business, yet this philosophy is far from reaching its true potential. The business case for shared value is clear when products and services are aligned with societal interests. It is less clear when shared value is sought via indirect means, and in particular by taking advantage of the CSI programme to drive a shared value agenda. This masterclass unpacks the concept of shared value and Strategic CSI, by providing case study examples and unpacking the means by which benefits for both society and business can be derived.

Who should attend?

Executives responsible for corporate social investment (CSI), CSI managers and practitioners.