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Financial Inclusion and Sustainable Growth

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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 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 organisers from the University of Groningen (Netherlands), Université Laval(Canada), and Stellenbosch University (South Africa), as well as some guest speakers. Ample attention will be given to group discussions.  

The course is organised 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

Dates 15 - 20 July 2018
Location Groningen, the Netherlands
Level Research master/MPhil/MBA
Fees 600
€300 (for students from University Groningen, Université Laval and University of Stellenbosch)
Housing (optional): 245
Academic coordinators Robert Lensink (Professor of Finance, University of Groningen)
Charles K.D. Adjasi (Professor of Development Finance and Economics, University of Stellenbosch
Issouf SOUMARÉ (Professor of Finance, Université Laval)
Contact Astrid Beerta:
Adriana Garcia:


University of Stellenbosch
University of Stellenbosch
Université Laval
Université Laval

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

Laatst gewijzigd:01 december 2017 11:00