The InsideNGO Annual Conference is an exclusive, members-only event. One of the largest gatherings worldwide of professionals in the international relief and development NGO community, this year's event is not to be missed! The 2017 Annual Conference provides more opportunities than ever to learn, network, and celebrate the important role that operations staff play in advancing the work of mission-driven NGOs.


Joining us at this year’s event is our co-host, LINGOs, with a dedicated track featuring a great lineup of learning-focused sessions led by partners, members, and friends of LINGOs, open to all attendees. They will also introduce a new “Global Learning Lab” where everyone can collaborate on innovative projects and capacity building tools.   

Keynote Speaker - DERRECK KAYONGO


Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: DERRECK KAYONGO

Business Visionary, Global Soap Project Founder & CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights

This year’s conference kicks off with Keynote Speaker Derreck Kayongo on Harnessing Your Power to Create Change. Kayongo inspires and empowers with his courageous story of survival, social entrepreneurship, humanitarianism, and the life lessons he learned along the way. He is the founder of the Global Soap Project, which recycles used hotel soap and redistributes it to impoverished populations around the world. A Top Ten CNN Hero in 2011, his passion for helping others and commitment to innovative thinking earned him his current role as CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

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The 2017 conference takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, July 19-21. It will offer more than 100 sessions, led by sector experts and member practitioners (see a basic agenda here.) Attendees can build their own customized learning pathway throughout the entire conference, collaborate with colleagues during breakout discussions, or engage with cross-operational issues that impact the entire sector. Trying to attend on a budget? Apply to volunteer.


There are many opportunities for networking with your peers: before and after sessions, during function-specific roundtables, at lunch, and at other special events.


This year, InsideNGO is celebrating our 40th anniversary, marking four decades of serving the international development community and bringing our members together to learn, collaborate, and innovate. To recognize this significant milestone, we are hosting a 40th anniversary celebration dinner in conjunction with the annual conference. The dinner will take place at the Convention Center following the end of the first day of the conference, July 19. 


During our 40th anniversary celebration dinner, we'll be recognizing the InsideNGO Annual Excellence Award Winners – individuals honored for their specific contributions to their organizations and the NGO community.


Registration for the Annual Conference is an exclusive benefit for InsideNGO members. Take advantage of this unique annual opportunity to meet with colleagues, learn about new tools and resources, and share your own personal expertise and experiences with others. Every attendee of the conference must have a MyInsideNGO account. You also must have an account if you are registering colleagues, even if you are not attending.



Reach more than 1,200 InsideNGO members when you book a booth at our Annual Conference, July 19-21, 2017. This is the number one conference opportunity to meet with NGO’s key decision makers who specialize in finance, grants and contracts; human resources; information technology; legal services; and cross-operational functions.


  • Reach a targeted audience.
  • Stay current on the needs of NGOs working globally.
  • Be recognized as a supporter of the work of the InsideNGO member community.


InsideNGO's Annual Conference will bring together more than 1,200 attendees from our member community. This is the perfect opportunity to meet and network with leaders and practitioners in the relief and development community who specialize in finance, grants and contracts; human resources; information technology; legal services; and cross-operational functions.

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