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Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde
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Impact Analysis

Impact evaluations represent a branch of evaluation methods that in recent years have gained widespread acceptance and been advocated for by key agencies such as the World Bank and the UN. The strength of impact evaluations are largely their ability to determine a causal relationship between a specific program and its intended outcomes. This allows for addressing transparency, accountability and lesson learning; all which are of key interest to stakeholders. 

Where sample sizes are large enough and detailed data is available, the question of whom among the participants benefits more and whom that benefits less can be addressed. Impact evaluations can also be used to perform cost-effectiveness analysis that allow for comparison of which of several program alternatives achieves intended outcomes at the lowest cost. 

Charles Adjasi, Development Finance, Impact Analysis, Robert Lensink, 2018, CIBIF

Seminar Charles Adjasi - Financial inclusion and household vulnerability

Date:04 December 2018
Wednesday December 19th, 15.00 in 5411.0743. Vulnerability is a challenge in the welfare of households (Chaudhuri et al 2002, Dercon 2005). A household may be non-poor today but vulnerable to poverty tomorrow and a poor household today may face the probability of remaining poor or falling into deeper poverty tomorrow. T
Robert Lensink

Finance and productivity patterns of household enterprises in Ghana.

Date:03 December 2018

The extent of firm level activity in most African countries is concentrated mostly in micro and small enterprises most of which are unregistered. Household enterprises in particular are one of the mediums to observe such firm level activity. Two challenges...

Impact analysis identifies cause and effect

What is impact analysis?

Date:02 December 2018

To justify the continuation or adjustment of a development program or a policy, evaluations are commonly used to answer whether the intended outcomes are reached. Such outcomes can for example be an improvement of health, increase in productivity, or raise...

Finance and Development

Focus Area Finance and Development

Date:20 November 2018

Below you can find a list of potential interesting topics for a master thesis for students who want to complete the Focus Area “Finance and Development” as part of the Msc Finance.  Note that all ideas need to be worked out further. Of course, this is just...

Financial Inclusion and Sustainable Growth: Recent Developments

Courses CIBIF: Financial Inclusion and Sustainable Growth: Recent Developments

Date:09 November 2018

Over the past years, many low-income countries have undergone extensive financial reforms. Despite these reforms, many households and enterprises, especially in Africa, are still unable to participate in the financial sector. While it is well known that financial...

Experiments in Developing Countries: Methods and Applications

Courses CIBIF: Experiments in Developing Countries: Methods and Applications

Date:09 November 2018

Until recently, empirical testing of the impact of development projects was extremely weak, and controversial. Most research on the impact of development projects suffered from severe methodological problems: almost none of the available empirical studies appropriately...

The participants in the Academy Building

Financial Inclusion and Sustainable Growth | Looking back on a successful Summer School

Date:30 October 2018
Last July the Centre for International Banking, Insurance and Finance (CIBIF)organized a successful Summer School for nearly forty researchers, practitioners and MPhil and PhD students. The participants, originating from 17 countries, exchanged knowledge and experiences about financial inclusion and engaged in deep and intriguing discussions.
Niels Hermes is professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen

Can microfinance institutions reduce poverty?

Date:05 June 2018

The market for micro-finance is booming and cross-border funding for micro-finance institutions (MFIs) is increasing. It is important for microfinance institutions to show their effect in reducing poverty to maintain long-term interest of investors.

Robert Lensink is a professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen

Can Business Training Reduce Poverty?

Date:22 March 2018

Is access to finance sufficient on its own to bring people out of poverty? Or is there a need for business training to complement financial access? In a recent paper we investigated this in a large micro-finance institution, Tao Yeu May, in Vietnam.

Financial Inclusion and Sustainable Growth

Summerschool: Financial Inclusion and Sustainable Growth

Date:22 January 2018

Over the past years, many low-income countries have undergone extensive financial reforms. Despite these reforms, many households and enterprises, especially in Africa, are still unable to participate in the financial sector. While it is well known that financial...

Worskhop on Impact Evaluation and Monte Carlo Simulation

Date:20 January 2018

AERC is organizing a technical workshop to enhance the skills of researchers in Impact Evaluation (RCTs/Experiments)[1] and Monte Carlo Simulation. The impact evaluation component of the course is a joint initiative between AERC and the University of Groningen,...

Development Finance

‘We have to find out where Development Aid does work and why’

Date:23 November 2016

Robert Lensink is Professor of Finance at the Faculty of Economics and Business. He has always been very interested in development economics, the question of why some people are poor and others are rich. Lensink focuses on the evaluation of financial interventions...