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

Theme: Innovative Research and Practices in Finance for Development

Venue: The Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West, Cape Town, South Africa

Date: 18-20 October 2017

Wine Tour: 21 October 2017 (Click here for more information)


in partnership with Development Finance Centre (GSB), Africagrowth Institute and Elsevier


Keynote Speaker

Dolores Mashishi
Group Executive: Corporote
Services, DBSA


Distinguished Speaker

Dr. Kupukile Mlambo
Deputy Governor
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe


Keynote Speaker

Prof. Victor Murinde
AXA Professor: Global Finance
SOAS University of London

The Chartered Institute of Development Finance and the Africagrowth Institute, in partnership with major development finance institutions, academic institutions and governments, is organising a 3-day conference to discuss issues around development finance sustainability and role played by development finance support agencies in global development. As commercial and investment banks continue to reduce lending globally, development finance institutions, governments and other development finance support agencies are expected to fill the gap left by these traditional lending institutions. Relevance and sustainability will require innovative thinking and ideas around finance for development to support businesses at the "bottom of the pyramid".

The conference will promote sessions for Development Finance Institutions to discuss the important development finance issues. In addition, it will off the opportunity to academics and postgraduate students to discuss their research work in the Development Finance field.

The conference will bring 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 insitutions.

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

Development Finance Institution Panel Discussions

  • The Scorecard of PPPs and Infrastructure Development in Africa - Are PPPs really catalysing GDP growth?
  • Financing for WHOSE Development? - From Poverty to Power;
  • Latest Developments in Structured Finance for Social Impact - Beyond Social Impact Bonds to Securitisations;
  • Agricultural value-chain systems: where are the weakest and strongest links?
  • Growth and sustainability of micro-insurance sector: where are we now?
  • The Future of Climate Finance - A Discourse on Populism, Globalisation and Sustainable Growth in Developing Economies;
  • Nexus thinking: The triangular challenges of Energy-Water-Agriculture;
  • Trade finance: How well does it promote trade?
  • Measurement and reporting of development impact;

Academic and Research Discussions

  • Development Finance and Corporate Governance;
  • Sustainable Competition in Development Banking;
  • Risk, Assets and Liability Management in Development Finance;
  • Corporate Finance and Investment in Emerging Markets;
  • Trade Finance;
  • Financial Economics in Emerging Markets;
  • Micro Insurance;
  • Strategic Planning for DFIs;
  • Infrastructure and Project Finance;
  • Financial and Economic Appraisal of Investment Projects;
  • Risk Management in Financial Services;
  • Development Finance and Corporate Social;
  • ResponsibilityEnvironmental Finance;
  • Banking and Finance in Emerging Markets;
  • Public Sector Finance

The past Global Development Conferences 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)
  • 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 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 Birmingham, UK)
  • Dr Sawsan Halbouni (University of Sharjah, UAE)
  • Prof Sundaram Janakiramanan (SIM University, Singapore)
  • Prof Ayi Ayayi (Universite du Quebec, Canada)
  • Dr Adeleke Salami (African Development Bank)

Email your abstract or full paper to Dina Potgieter at

Critical Deadlines
July 31, 2017 - Submission of abstracts
August 31, 2017 - Submission of full papers (papers will no longer be accepted after 31 August 2017)
August 31, 2017 - Registration and payment of conference fee (Registration will close from 1 September 2017)

Please note that deadlines will not be extended.


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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