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Financial Inclusion and Sustainable Growth

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Unfortunately, as we currently do not know how the coronavirus will progress globally in the coming months, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the University of Groningen Summer Schools 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this exceptional situation may cause. Hopefully we will see you next year instead. Stay safe and healthy!

Enrol in this unique summer school on financial inclusion, developed by three renowned professors from Université Laval (Canada), the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and Stellenbosch University (South Africa). This summer school is alternately offered in each of these three universities in three different continents. This year, it will be held at Université Laval, in the city of Québec, Canada. For all details and registration, please see their website

Over the years, many low-income countries have undergone extensive financial reforms. Despite these reforms, however, many households and enterprises, especially in Africa, are still unable to participate in the financial sector. While it is well known that financial institutions and markets can help induce economic growth, it is much less clear how financial development can become inclusive and kick start a process of sustainable economic growth with a positive effect on the poor.

This summer school will discuss the major developments regarding research on financial inclusion, including microfinance. It will shed much light on how financial inclusion can induce sustainable growth in low-income economies, with explicit attention to African countries.

This one-week summer school will contain interactive lectures by the organizers from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), Université Laval (Canada), and Stellenbosch University (South Africa), as well as guest speakers. Ample attention will be given to group discussions. The course is organized around the following three main topics:

  • impact of financial inclusion interventions: methods and applications;
  • financial inclusion: financial innovation and cross-border banking;
  • financial products for financial inclusion.

For all details and registration, please see their website .


Université Laval
Université Laval
University of Stellenbosch
University of Stellenbosch

CIBIF - Centre for Development Finance and Impact Analysis / FEB / SOM

Last modified:31 March 2020 10.30 a.m.