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CIDEF Accredited Course

(CDFA Membership Level)

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Qualification Criterion


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


The aim of the course is to provide participants with an opportunity to understand recent innovations and practices in finance for development. At the end of the course, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Discuss and analyze innovative finance practices to enable engagement with investors, foundations, development finance organizations, government and civil society approaches towards creating social and environmental impact.
  • Design, select and apply appropriate and creative approaches, solution, services, processes or technologies to complex social and environmental problems
  • Apply transformative perspectives in conceptualising, designing and implementing solutions that aim to address complex social challenges.
  • Develop concepts, mindsets, skills, and relationships that will enable them to engage and evolve as a active innovative financiers throughout their careers, regardless of position or sector
  • Examine current financial systems applications including bitcoin, Mobile Money, M-PESA and other financial products
Course Overview


The CIDEF Advanced Certificate in Innovative Finance aims  to give participants an overview of the developing  countries’  Innovative Finance space by examining the evolving roles of stakeholders, including investors, foundations, high net worth individuals, governments, corporates, communities, non-profits, social enterprises and social entrepreneurs, in developing and applying new financial vehicles /instruments and structures to allocate capital in a way that includes measurement of social and environmental impact.   This advanced certificate is ideal for professional bankers (working in the commercial, investment and central banking spaces), economists, accountants and insurance practitioners  who want to acquire  the Chartered Development Finance Analyst (CDFA) status  from the Chartered Institute of Development Finance (

Session will Include

  • Introduction & Definition of Innovative Finance
  • Mapping the Problem and Solution Landscapes for SDGs
  • Impact Measurement
  • Identifying Resources
  • Risk / Return / Impact
  • Structuring Funds along the Risk / Return / Impact Axes
  • Examples of innovative financial schemes (e.g. Bitcoin, Mobile Money, M-PESA etc.) and their impact on small businesses and society
Who Should Attend


The course will be valuable to professionals in the following areas:
  • Development Finance Institutions
  • Development Finance Institutions
  • Commercial and Investment Bankers
  • Financial Advisors
  • Project Developers
  • Government/PPP Agencies
  • Public Sector Managers
  • Accountants/Taxation Advisers
  • Share Market Analysts/Brokers
  • Privatization Executives
  • Company Treasurers/Directors
  • Credit Committee Staff
  • Rating Agencies
  • Project Managers/Engineers
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.



Online Class Exam
Individual Assignment


USD 1500

Duration of Course


6 Contact days



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