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Making CSI Matter 2013

Making CSI Matter 2013 will take place on 28 and 29 May at the Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg. Now in its sixth year, Making CSI Matter is firmly established as the corporate social investment event of the year. Nearly 50 speakers will inspire more than 350 delegates through a variety of formats, including panel discussions, workshops and case study breakaways.

Making CSI Matter is aimed at people who are grappling with CSI and development practice, and who want to refresh their thinking. The conference is a time to be exposed to new ideas and to discover innovations, to meet new people, to get up to speed on trends in  the space, to collaborate on unpacking issues in development practice, and to broaden your horizons. Trialogue will publish excerpts and outcomes from the proceedings on this website after the conference so that delegates and others can use the information in their daily work.

Trialogue runs regular training programmes throughout the year for those who require a more fundamental grounding in the practicalities of CSI.


Innovation in Social Investment is the overarching theme for Making CSI Matter 2013. Speakers will introduce fresh perspectives or re-invigorate fundamental debates in development.

Delegates can mix-and-match from five content streams – focusing on sector issues and project implementation – that will run through the afternoon breakaway sessions at Making CSI Matter 2013. The five streams are:


Keynote speakers will discuss high-level issues in CSI and the NPO environment on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. The proceedings will be MCed by performance poet and TV personality Lebo Mashile.

The breakaway content streams will be addressed in three sessions through the conference. Each theme will be covered in two panel workshops (mid-morning on Day 1 and Day 2) and a case study (afternoon of Day 1).

We will have longer lunch breaks this year (90 minutes) and there will be a cocktail function on the evening of Tuesday 28 May, allowing delegates to relax after a busy first day.

An expanded exhibition area, with areas to sit and chat with fellow delegates, will enable delegates to network and exchange ideas more effectively.


Trialogue has once again invited a range of speakers from the corporate and development sectors. The programme can be found here.