Development Finance Agenda

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Development Finance Agenda (DEFA) Magazine is a quarterly magazine of the Chartered Institute of Development Finance (CIDEF).  The magazine publishes short articles that are of relevance to development finance institutions, development finance practitioners, and development economists, employees working in economic clusters of central governments, investment banks, commercial banks, insurance companies and emerging capital markets.

Scope of Magazine
Article will be accepted in any area of finance as applied to development and will cover brief case studies; opinion pieces; company news; research summaries; interviews from CEOs and Senior Managers Development Finance Institutions; monthly markets, financial and economic updates from development finance perspective; summaries of global development finance indicators; discussions around innovative development finance products and broader issues around finance for development.

The target audience/group of the magazine includes:
  • Regional and National Development Associations- including ADFIAP, EDFI, AADFI, ADFIMI, ALIDE and WFDFI;
  • Major Development Finance Institutions including the African Development Bank, World Bank, IMF, Asian Development Bank and other country/regional development finance institutions;
  • Economic clusters of government, such as the National Treasury/Finance Ministries, Central Banks and Commerce Ministries;
  • Commercial and Investment Banks, Venture Capital Firms and Insurance Firms;
  • Academic and Research Institutions in Development Finance and
  • NGOs  with interest in finance for development

Instructions for authors

Sample article

All articles should be sent via email to Robin Parenzee at:


Editorial Board

Managing Editor
Professor Nicholas Biekpe (CIDEF, South Africa)

Editorial Team
Prof. Andy Mullineux (University of Birmingham, UK)
Dr. Anthony Kyereboah-Coleman (Afreximbank, Egypt)
Dr. Dumisani Magadlela (Development Bank of Southern Africa)
Elsie Addo (IMF, USA)
Prof. Franklin Michello (Middle Tennessee State University, USA)
Prof. Roman Matousek (University of Kent, UK)
Dr. Sephooko Motelle (Central Bank of Lesotho, Lesotho)
Dr. Sharron McPherson (WEDI International, USA)
Dr. Nana Boateng (National Treasury, South Africa)
Dr. Natalie Chinje (Wits Business School, South Africa)
Dr. Zwelakhe Tshandu (Development Bank of Southern Africa)
Dr. David Mathuva (Strathmore University, Kenya)

Associate Editor
Dr. Abdul Latif Alhassan (University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business, South Africa)


Latest Issue: Volume 4 - Issue 1

The Trouble with Trust: Understanding the Power of Blockchain for Development Finance - Tom Outlaw

Africa’s External Indebtness: Causes, Challenges and Solutions - Lot Pato

Should Pension Funds be Financing Infrastructure in Africa? - Gerald Gondo

Crytocurrencies and the Potential Risks - Dr. Smart Manda

Why Fintech must work in Africa - Frank Adu

Rethinking the Approach to SMME’s Development Support - Thulani Guliwe






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