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EducationUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsFinancial Inclusion

Financial Inclusion and Sustainable Growth

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Dates and location 6 - 13 July 2019, Cape Town, South Africa
Level Research master/MPhil/MBA
Fees R15 500 (excluding accommodation)
R17 600 (including student residence accommodation)
R11 300 (students from the organising universities, excluding accommodation)
R13 400 (students from the organising universities, including student residence accommodation)
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
The academic coordinators acknowledge support under a DFID-ESRC research grant, ESRC Ref. No. ES/N013344/2.
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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. This year's edition will be hosted by Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa.

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


To apply, out the online application form. Please note that you will be asked to submit a CV and motivation letter. The deadline for application is 17 May 2019, or until we have received sufficient qualified applications.


University of Stellenbosch
University of Stellenbosch
Université Laval
Université Laval

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

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