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2018 African Finance Journal Conference

Call for papers

18 - 19 April 2018

Venue: Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi, Kenya

Theme: Banking, Finance and Insurance Research and Practice in Africa

20 April 2018

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Keynote Speaker

Prof. Njugunu Ndungu'u
Former Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya

The African Finance Association in partnership with Africagrowth Institute, Chartered Institute of Development Finance, the Development Finance Centre (GSB) and several academic, financial, banking and research institutions, will be hosting the 15th Annual African Banking, Finance and Insurance Conference in Kenya on the 18-19 April 2018. The conference will bring together academic, banking, financial and insurance researchers and practitioners throughout Africa and beyond to discuss issues impacting on banking, finance and insurance sectors in Africa. The emphasis of the conference will be on high-quality practitioners discussions and empirical research presentations focusing on issues relevant to emerging trends in banking, finance and insurance which have special relevance to Africa’s development. The conference will focus (not exclusively) on the following:

Topics will include issues around the following
  • Emerging Stock Markets Research
  • Microfinance
  • Emerging Corporate Finance
  • Commodities Markets Research
  • Emerging Bond Markets Research
  • Trade Finance
  • Environmental Finance
  • Responsible Investment
  • Development Accounting
  • Development Economics
  • Agricultural Finance
  • Capital Adequacy & Planning: Exploring the future for capital in the banking sector
  • Export Finance
  • Insurance Finance in Africa
  • Emerging Banking Research;
  • Corporate Governance
  • Regulatory Issues in Africa;
  • SME Finance;
  • Issues on the Basel Accord;
  • FDI and Portfolio Investment in Africa;
  • Financial Risk Management in Emerging Markets;
  • Other areas of Development Finance and Economics
  • Islamic Finance
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Credit Risk Analysis
  • Retail banking in Africa
  • Growth of mobile banking in Africa
  • Corporate Finance and Investments
Scientific Committee
  • Prof. Kalu Ojah (Wits)
  • Prof. Mills Soko (Univ. of Cape Town)
  • Prof. Charles Adjasi (University of     Stellenbosch)
  • Prof. Kwaku Opong (University of Glasgow)
  • Dr. O.O Othata (University of Bostwana)
  • Prof. Smile Dube (California State University, Sacramento)
  • Prof Eskandar Tooma (The American University in Cairo)
  • Dr. Kenneth Mwenda, (World Bank)
  • Dr. Rose Ngugi (KIPPRA, Kenya)
  • Prof. Joel Eita (University of Johannesburg)
  • Dr. Esman Nyamongo (Central Bank of Kenya)
  • Dr. Maureen Were (Central Bank of Kenya)
  • Dr. Adeleke Salami (African Development Bank)
  • Dr. Frances Obafemi (University of Calabar, Nigeria)
  • Dr. Michael Olagunju (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria)
  • Dr. Odongo Kodongo (University of Witwatersrand)
  • Prof. Nicholas Biekpe (University of Cape Town & Africagrowth Institute)
  • Prof. Nicholas Odhiambo  (UNISA)
  • Prof. Matthew Ocran (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
  • Dr. John Mutenyo (Brookings Institute, USA)
  • Prof Sheriffdeen Tella (Olabisi Onabanjo University)
  • Prof Franklin Michello (Middle Tennessee State University)
  • Dr. Lucas Njoroge (Central Bank of Kenya)
  • Dr. Roseline Misati (Central Bank of Kenya)
  • Dr. Moses Sichei (Central Bank of Kenya)
  • Dr. Anne Kamau (Central Bank of Kenya)
  • Dr. Moses Kiptui (KSMS Research Centre, Kenya)
  • Prof. Heinz Klingelhofer (Tshwane University of Technology)
  • Dr. Sephooko Motelle (Central Bank of Lesotho)
  • Dr. Michael Adebiyi (Central Bank of Nigeria)
  • Dr. Zwelakhe Tshandu (Development Bank of Southern Africa)
  • Dr. Anthony Coleman (Afreximbank)
  • Dr. Patricia Makoni (University of South Africa)
  • Dr. Abdul Latif Alhassan (University of Cape Town)

The African Finance Association is affiliated to a number of flagship publications including African Finance Journal, Review of Development Finance, Africagrowth Agenda and Development Finance Agenda. The African Finance Journal, is IBSS, Scopus, and Econlit listed and accredited by the South African governments and Department of Education for subsidy purpose. Review for Development Finance is both Scopus, CABS and IBSS listed and Africagrowth Agenda is IBSS listed. 


The conference will feature a PhD Special Session for competitively selected papers from Doctoral Students who are currently working on their dissertations. Convened by Professors Graham Partington (University of Sydney Business School) and Jerry Parwada (UNSW Business School) the PhD Special Session will offer accepted students the unique opportunity to present their dissertation proposals and have their work discussed by distinguished academics from top business schools. Throughout the Special Session, students will receive valuable advice about career development from leading scholars, and will discuss recent developments in the literature with fellow students and faculty members. To be considered for the PhD Special Session simply mention in your submission email:

  1. the institution/year of your PhD enrolment, and
  2. a statement that your paper has not yet been submitted for publication.

Authors of papers that are not nominated for the Special Session will still be considered for the main conference and invited to the PhD special session as attendees.

After the conference, authors are encouraged to submit their work to be considered for publication in the African Finance Journal. Certificate of participation will be issued to all authors. In addition to this, all abstracts will be published as conference proceedings on our website. Summaries of research (without equations) can also be submitted to the Africagrowth Agenda (it is IBSS listed).


Deadline Submission of full papers is 28 February 2018.  Papers will not be accepted after 28 Feb 2018. Deadline for registration fees: 28 February 2018. Papers will be withdrawn after 28 February if fees are not paid

For regisration: Click here


The Conference organizing committee includes: Professor Nicholas Biekpe (Conference Chair), Dina Potgieter (Executive Manager)

All scientific questions to be addressed to Professor Biekpe:
Abstract, paper submission and all other questions: Lydia le Roux:

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