Convergence Economy: Rethinking International Development in a Converging World

Accenture is a supporter of Get Online Week 2012 and is organizing an interactive panel discussion that will take place at FEB/VBO in Brussels on 1 March 2012.

Accenture describes ‘cross-sector convergence’ as the creation of totally new business, financing and delivery models resulting from the emergence of growing multi-stakeholder alliances between for-profit companies, NGOs, social enterprises, foundations, public donors and governments.

The boundaries between the public, private and non-profit sectors are not just blurring, but being fundamentally redefined when it comes to tackling the many challenges of international development, with commercial businesses having a growing role in solving global development challenges.

In an interactive panel discussion led by Jon Sopel, BBC news presenter,  involving leading experts from the Belgian International Development Cooperation, the FEB/VBOGAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition), Plan BelgiumUnilever and Accenture will discuss the following topics:

  • What are the opportunities for driving cross-sector convergence in Belgium?
  • Is what is good for NGOs also good for business and vice versa?
  • What do we mean by the convergence of issues, interests and solutions?

Ian Clifford, Deputy Chair of Telecentre-Europe AISBL’s managing board will attend the event.