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In partnerships with DBSA, the Chartered Institute of Development Finance
& Development Finance Practitioners

Theme: Making sense of research and development in emerging markets banking, finance and insurance

Venue: Gateway Hotel, Umhlanga, Durban

Date: 23-24 November 2016

The Review of Development Finance Journal in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Development Finance and the Africagrowth Institute is organising the 2016 Global Development Finance Conference in Durban, South Africa. The conference will be bringing together development finance practitioners, economic clusters of government, academics, researchers from institutions working in the area of development and other researchers from commercial banks, central banks and other international development institutions.

The Conference will focus (not exclusively) on the following:

  • Financing Social Development;
  • Pension Fund;
  • Development Finance and Corporate Governance;
  • Sustainable Competition in Development Banking;
  • Risk, Assets and Liability Management in Development Finance;
  • Managing Problem Loans;
  • Corporate Finance and Investment in Emerging Markets;
  • Trade Finance;
  • Financial Economics in Emerging Markets;
  • Banks' Capital Adequacy: Emerging Markets Experience;
  • Insurance Consumption and Economic Development
  • Development Finance and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Environmental Finance;
  • Optimal Ethical & Environmental Banking;
  • Credit Ratings in Development Finance;
  • Regulatory Issues Impacting on DFIs
  • Banking and Finance in Emerging Markets;
  • Public Sector Finance
  • Sovereign Debt Management
  • Central Banking in Emerging Countries;
  • Cyber Securities in Banking and Finance
  • Solvency II Directive
  • Micro Insurance
  • Strategic Planning for DFIs;
  • Audit and Internal Control in DFIs ;
  • Infrastructure and Project Finance;
  • Islamic Finance
  • Key Performance Indicators: Measuring Performance and Impact of DFIs
  • Financial and Economic Appraisal of Investment Projects
  • International Regulatory Framework for Banks (Basel Accord)
  • Syndications and Structured Finance
  • Retail Banking: Current Trends & Challenges
  • Risk Management in Financial Services
  • Regulations and Industrial Organisation of Insurance Market

The last six Global Development Conferences in 2010 , 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 attracted presenters and participants from academic institutions, development finance institutions and development finance researchers throughout the world.

Who should attend? Staff of:

  • Analysts from Finance Institutions;
  • Financial Consultants, Risk Management Professionals, Research Analysts; 
  • Researchers and analysts from central and commercial banks
  • Doctoral and other postgraduate students
  • Professional Economists
  • Professional Accounting and Finance Bodies
  • Academic Researchers
  • Central Banks and Finance Ministries
  • Researchers from Development Finance Institutions
  • Researchers and analysts from Investment Banks
  • Professional financial analysts
  • Researchers from Development Finance Institutions
  • Pension Fund Practitioners and Industry

Academic and other researchers are encouraged to submit their work to be considered for publication in the Review of Development Finance Journal (Elsevier Journal). The Review of Development Finance is listed in Scopus and IBSS. The Journal is also accredited by the South African DHET for subsidy purpose.

Scientific Committee of Conference:

  • Prof Nicholas Biekpe (Conference Chairman, University of Cape Town & Africagrowth Institute, South Africa)
  • Prof Joshua Abor (University of Ghana Business School, Ghana)
  • Dr Anthony Coleman (Afreximbank)
  • Dr Zwelakhe Tshandu (Development Bank of Southern Africa)
  • Prof Kwaku Opong (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Prof Kalu Ojah (Wits Business School, S. Africa)
  • Prof Isaac Otchere (Carleton University, Canada)
  • Dr Odongo Kodongo (Wits Business School, South Africa)
  • Dr Sephooko Motelle (Central Bank of Lesotho)
  • Prof Ayi Ayayi (Universite du Quebec, Canada)
  • Dr Adeleke Salami (African Development Bank)
  • Prof Smile Dube (California State University, USA)
  • Dr Anne Kamau (Central Bank of Kenya)
  • Prof Danny Cassimon (University of Antwerp)
  • Dr Kenneth Mwenda (World Bank)
  • Prof Andy Mullineux (University of Bournemouth, UK)
  • Dr Sawsan Halbouni (University of Sharjah, UAE)
  • Prof Nasim Shirazi (Islamic Development Bank, Saudi Arabia)
  • Prof Turkhan Manap (Islamic Development Bank, Saudi Arabia)
  • Prof Mohd Azmi Omar (Islamic Development Bank, Saudi Arabia)
  • Prof Sundaram Janakiramanan (SIM University, Singapore)

Email your abstract or full paper to Dina Potgieter at

Critical Deadlines
August 31, 2016 - Submission of full papers (papers will no longer be accepted after 31 August 2016)
September 1-30, 2016 - Registration and payment of conference fee (Registration will close from 1 November 2016)

Please note that deadlines will not be extended as the Hotel expects all booking confirmations and payments to be made latest
1 November 2016


Administrative Queries
Mrs. Dina Potgieter
Tel: +27 21-914 6778
Fax: +27 21-914 4438

Scientific Queries
Professor Nicholas Biekpe
Tel: +27 21-914 6778
Fax: +27 21-914 4438

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