Our flagship event, the SEEP Annual Conference gathers leading global thinkers and doers, at the forefront of economic inclusion and social empowerment efforts across the world. The SEEP Annual Conference is a unique forum where we debate bold ideas and learn openly from our failures, and challenge our own assumptions to build the next generation of development solutions in and beyond market systems.
Yes, the SEEP Annual Conference will be very different this year. In response to the rapidly evolving global crisis and with our steadfast commitment to creating a meaningful and safe experience for our community, we know that the in-person 3-day conference model of years past will not be possible this year. We have decided to move to an entirely online forum with enhanced interaction and dynamic learning spaces, taking place on October 26-30, 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the social and economic upheaval it has caused, has resulted in deep uncertainty and has accelerated SEEP's own journey of becoming a more agile network and team. The 2020 conference theme, Disruptive Collaboration: navigating a radically uncertain world, embodies this discomfort.
The conference will be powered by four technical streams:
Our vision is to have hundreds of practitioners from around the world engaged in collaborative and pragmatic learning to push the frontiers of inclusive development, reaching more diverse audiences, especially the powerful voices of those working on the frontlines.
As you can see, we are learning and inventing our way through these challenging times. SEEP members are invited to join the Conference Experience Committee (CX-Comm) to co-create this year's conference.
Last year's theme - Building Resilience through Market Systems - highlighted proven and experimental strategies that harness the potential of the market to support people, enterprises and communities that are highly vulnerable to the shock-stress-shock cycle.
Together, we convened 382 inclusive development champions from 50 countries representing 151 organizations from a cross-section of academia, research, development, government, civil society, and the private sector.
“SEEP events such as the Annual Conference...offer a lot of opportunities for people to network and identify areas for collaboration. The new connections and ideas I get at these events inspire me and make me feel more energized about my work and our collective efforts.” -Oxfam
"It's an informative forum where lots of innovative changes are being communicated." -Village Enterprise
"Annual SEEP conferences also provide opportunities to meet other members face to face and interact and identify areas for collaboration with like minded organizations." -World Vision International
"I get informed about ongoing related innovations; apply lessons learned and improve my work." -CARE USA