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CIDEF Accredited Course

(CDFA Membership Level)

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To be admitted to the program, an applicant MUST have either (a)  A minimum of honours (or 4-year degree), Postgraduate Diploma, Master's or MBA (excluding Master's in Development Finance)  in Finance, Accounting Economics, banking or insurance. Full internationally recognised assessment-based membership of professional bodies in Accounting, Finance, Banking, Insurance or Economics (e.g. CIMA, ACCA, CFA, Chartered Banker, Actuary etc.) will also be considered.

Course Aims


Students will develop the skills required for the analysis of emerging businesses. The course utilises theoretical and empirical tools to evaluate the impact of alternative decision-making techniques in small and micro enterprises.

Course Overview


The course aims to address essential concepts of microenterprise finance by examining both institutional finance and finance as a structured approach to decision-making with specific reference to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The objective is to prepare students to take on roles in small business management, entrepreneurship, policy analysts and technical advisers of small enterprises. Students will have an appreciation of the broader context that underpins the field of microenterprise finance; understand how and why the formal credit market fails to meet the  financial needs of the poor and small businesses; be knowledgeable about the challenges and controversies facing microenterprise finance, and be equipped with a framework to objectively examine and assess these issues.

Session will Include

  • An overview of microenterprise finance;
  • Determining the appropriate source of start-up capital;
  • Venture capital;
  • Working capital management;
  • Evaluating investment decisions;
  • Choice of financing and harvesting;
  • Microfinancing and contemporary issues affecting MSMEs.
Who Should Attend

The course will be valuable to professionals in the following areas:

  • Small and Medium enterprise owners
  • People interested in starting their own businesses
  • Graduates in finance, economics, banking and accounting
  • Members of small and medium enterprise associations
  • Development Finance Institutions
  • Commercial and Investment Bankers
  • Financial Advisors
  • Project Developers
  • Government/PPP Agencies
  • Public Sector Managers working to support the MSMEs
  • Accountants/Taxation Advisers
  • Company Treasurers/Directors
  • Project Manager
Value of Course


On successfully completing the course, each successful participant will receive an internationally accredited certificate of the Chartered Institute of Development Finance.  In addition, you will qualify as a Chartered Development Finance Analyst (CDFA) through a conversion process by completing 3 courses. See for more information.



Individual Assignments
Online Class Exams


USD 1500

Duration of Course


6 Contact days USD 1500



Tel: +27 21-914 6778
Fax: +27 21-914 4438