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The SEEP Network 
Annual Conference

October 1-3, 2018

Submit a Proposal for a Peer Learning Session


Shape the Agenda | How to Apply | Additional considerations | Timeline | About the Conference | Submit a Proposal

SEEP Members Please Download the Request for Proposals 

5 tips for getting on the Conference Agenda

Download the proposal submission questions in a Word document here,
but responses must be submitted via the online form link in the RFP for consideration.

Conference Theme

The 2017 SEEP Network Annual Conference will bring together leading practitioners, funders, research organizations and private sector actors dedicated to promoting more inclusive and resilient markets and financial systems. Under the conference theme - Catalyzing Transformative Change - we will deepen our understanding and commitment to approaches that bring about large scale positive change. We will explore insights garnered from behavioral science that enhance impact, strategies that positively address discriminatory social and cultural norms, incentives that help catalyze change in relationships of market actors and engage private sector firms, and transformative new technologies.  We will share proven practice and innovative strategies that modify both the structure and dynamics of market systems in ways that contribute to greater empowerment of vulnerable populations. Likewise, we will also examine the important change processes within programs and organizations that lead to more adaptive management and effective learning. 

SEEP invites proposals from network members for conference sessions that address the specific technical tracks suggested below, and will also consider submissions outside of these tracks that reflect the conference’s general theme. For more detailed descriptions of the track themes, please download the Request for Proposals.

  1. Resilience through Market Systems
  2. Markets, Food Systems and Nutrition  
  3. Financial Inclusion and Client Empowerment
  4. Adaptive Management and Organizational Change


Over the past 20+ years, SEEP member organizations have contributed to the development of the SEEP Network Annual Conference agenda, creating a highly unique and valuable learning experience for fellow development practitioners. The Conference theme and technical tracks are inspired by SEEP member priorities, and are based on feedback from prior year Annual Conference evaluations and input from multiple stakeholders. The SEEP Annual Conference is designed with and by our members to build on the existing base of knowledge in the sector. We collectively learn from successful innovations and failures, and provide opportunities to replicate, adapt and scale evidence-based strategies and effective practices.

SEEP member organizations are invited to chair and organize a Peer Learning Session. SEEP members are encouraged to provide thought leadership on critical issues and learning questions within the four technical tracks presented above and within the conference theme, Catalyzing Transformative Change.  This process involves submitting proposals for one or more sessions, then organizing the session content and speakers, if selected

The deadline for the submission of session proposals is Friday, June 16, 2017. SEEP’s Annual Conference Advisory Committee, comprised of representatives from SEEP members, staff and consultants will review session proposals and select those that best meet the criteria outlined hereafter in this document.

We encourage innovative session structures and methodologies that build on emerging and accepted best practices in adult learning and collaboration. We need and want your creativity to construct a dynamic and stimulating Annual Conference that fully engages all SEEP members and industry stakeholders who attend. 


Only SEEP Network members in good standing may submit a session proposal. If you are unsure as to the status of your membership, please inquire at membership@seepnetwork.org.

The Session Chair is ultimately responsible for the planning and execution of the session and may also serve as a participant and/or moderator. SEEP reserves the right to work with Session Chairs to better align sessions with the conference theme and technical tracks. This may include recommending adjustments to learning methodology, content, and contributors.

We encourage diversity of perspectives. A person not affiliated with a SEEP member may join a session as a speaker, but cannot serve as Session Chair. For example, speakers may be from a research or academic organization, a commercial firm, a donor agency, investor, local NGO, fellow member organization, or other entity. There may be a maximum of four (4) speakers per session, including the moderator, who also may speak or be otherwise substantively involved. The Session Chair does not necessarily have to be one of the session speakers, but must be present during the session.

As you develop your proposal, please reach out to us via email at annualconference@seepnetwork.org  with any questions or concerns you may have. If your session proposal is accepted, the Technical Track Coordinator will work with you to fine-tune your session and, if needed, to identify contributors who could add value to the session.

To submit a proposal, the Session Chair must complete the Session Proposal Form. For consideration, the fully completed form must be submitted by Friday, June 16.

Please note that selected sessions will be assigned a 90-minute slot on either Tuesday, October 3 or Wednesday, October 4.

Additional considerations

  • Only SEEP member organizations in good standing can propose Peer Learning Sessions. If you are unsure as to the status of your membership, please inquire at membership@seepnetwork.org.

  • SEEP member organizations may submit multiple session proposals for consideration. Each proposal must be submitted separately and meet the criteria described in this document.

  • Only staff from SEEP member organizations may chair sessions.

  • A staff member from a SEEP member organization can chair only one session, however s/he may contribute to another session.

  • All participants are required to pay the appropriate conference fees and complete their registration with payment by the Early Bird Deadline of August 18.

  • SEEP will confirm receipt of your session proposal within two business days.


Please fill out the submission form by following the link provided at the end of the Request for Proposals.


Launch of RFP to SEEP Members for Peer Learning Sessions

May 10

Deadline for Proposal Submissions

June 16

Notification of acceptance/rejection

July 21

Last day to register and pay at the Early Bird rate – All speakers must pay by this date

August 18

All speaker headshots and bios (70 words or less) are due
SEEP notifies Session Chairs of scheduled time slot

August 31

Final Presentations and Session Materials Due

September 25

Submit A Proposal

To submit a proposal, please visit http://seep.2017AnnualConferenceRFP.sgizmo.com/s3/  and complete the entire form.

Please make sure that you have carefully read the preceding pages of this document before submitting a proposal.

If you have any questions or difficulty completing the application, please email annualconference@seepnetwork.org.

Download the Request for Proposals

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