Annual Regional BDS Conference

20 Nov 2017 – 24 Nov 2017
Mombasa, Kenya
The Annual Regional BDS Conference is your premier thought leadership platform and marketplace on matters business development in Eastern Africa and beyond. For the last 12 years development practitioners, entrepreneurs and policy makers meet at the BDS Conference to reflect on growth of markets, emerging opportunities and progress towards realization of development goals in the Eastern African region. Over the years the conference has grown into a platform where participants forge partnerships, share lessons and successes and contribute to development policy in the region. The conference is organized by the Business Development Donor Coordination Group which is a congregation of donors and development agencies working in the areas of business and market development. In 2017 the conference will be organised under the theme “The Role of Innovative BDS For Inclusive Market Transformation”. We explore how innovative business development services can help transform markets and expand economic opportunities to excluded rural and urban communities, how partnerships can help scale new innovations and how to ensure sustainability of emerging business models. Topics to be discussed; - Engaging with devolved government system to expand business development services - New innovations to expand business development services - Making smallholder farmers system more climate smart - Linking producers to global value-chains - Expanding financial inclusion: beyond the bank account
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