Trialogue Business in Society Virtual Conference 2020 2020-10-13T08:20:52+00:00

Trialogue Business in Society Virtual Conference 2020

Welcome to the Trialogue Business in Society Virtual Conference event page. In response to Covid-19, we are excited to have migrated our in-person event to a physically distant but virtually connected one on 13th and 14th October 2020.

Join this two-day experience to learn from, engage and network with corporate, non-profit, government and academic representatives. The exciting line up will explore innovative ways for companies and non-profits to contribute to the most pressing social issues, including quality education, youth employment and ICT for development, all issues which have been exacerbated by Covid-19.


Morning session (09:00 -12:00)


In partnership with Old Mutual

  • Trialogue presentation on trends in corporate giving, including Covid-19 responses
  • Dr Mamphela Ramphele’s keynote address on how corporates can help to strengthen SA’s socio-political and economic circumstances
  • Panel discussion on breaking barriers to quality education, including representatives from the Department of Basic Education, Old Mutual, Bridge and the Public Schools Partnership
  • Parallel breakout sessions (each will be recorded) on:
    • Collaboration in education
    • Literacy: The key to quality education
    • Early childhood development: the building blocks for lifelong learning


Afternoon session (13:30 -16:30)


  • Busisiwe Mavuso’s keynote address on lessons for the business and development communities from covid-19
  • Topic overview by Ann Bernstein, Centre for Development and Enterprise
  • Panel discussion on further education reform and employability, including representatives from the Department of Higher Education and Training, YES4Youth, Harambee and the National Business Initiative
  • Parallel breakout sessions (each will be recorded)
    • Preparing youth through vocational skills training
    • Developing young entrepreneurs in a disruptor economy
    • Innovation for job creation: who will crack the code?


Morning session (09:00 -12:00)


In partnership with Vodacom

  • Keynote address by Stephanie Kimou, Population Works Africa, on amplifying diversity, inclusion, and belonging in development
  • Presentation of the Trialogue Strategic CSI award, with Investec, winner of the 2019 award
  • Keynote address by Martin Kingston on rebuilding through collaboration
  • TRI Talk on tech for social inclusion
  • TRI Talk on women in tech
  • TRI Talk on the future of work
  • Parallel breakout sessions:
    • Practical session on tech tools for development
    • Debate on ‘Is technology deepening our social divide?’
    • Panel discussion on how tech can enhance monitoring, evaluation and learning


Afternoon session (13:00 -16:30)


In partnership with MTN SA Foundation

  • Keynote address by Nomfundo Mogapi, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, on how to overcome trauma and woundedness for institutional and societal success
  • Presentation of the 2020 MTN Awards for Social Change winners
  • Donors Den: The M&E edition, during which three shortlisted non-profits will pitch projects to a panel of judges from the Zenex Foundation, MTN Foundation and Momentum Metropolitan. Delegates will vote on the winner


Key themes at the Trialogue Business in Society Virtual 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. Youth employment

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 Mamphela 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


Frequently asked questions

Full virtual two-day experience R3 500 excluding VAT or R875 excluding VAT per three-hour session (one full morning or afternoon)

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

As a registered delegate, you will have access to the full virtual experience:

  • View and participate in the event via your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop PC
  • Experience the exciting speaker line-up and absorbing break-away sessions
  • Network with delegates, sponsors, exhibitors and speakers
  • Participate in the quiz and collect points through engagement and clues
  • Visit the virtual exhibitor and sponsor booths
  • Engage in the content via extensive and robust features, including Q&As, polls and session ratings
  • Access all sessions which will be recorded and available to you on demand for 6 months
  • Receive an exciting conference ‘swag box’, which will be sent to your physical address, if you register for the full two days by 30 September 2020

We have gone completely virtual.

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.

The final programme will be shared soon.

Yes, both non- and for-profit development-related organisations can exhibit virtually.

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

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