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In partnerships with the Chartered Institute of Development Finance
& Development Finance Practitioners

Theme: Developing Practical Financial Models to Strengthen Global Financial Systems

Venue: President Hotel, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

Date: 5 - 7 November 2013


Financial systems around the world continue to struggle as a consequence of the 2008 financial crisis. The crisis has succeeded in exposing the historical fault-lines that define the global financial architecture that nation-states rely on for economic development.  Development Finance plays a central role in establishing and strengthening efficient financial systems that generate optimal models capable of linking theoretical concepts to practical experiences. For this to happen will require practitioners and academics to work together to develop models that has implementable values. The Annual Global Development Finance Conference in partnership with the Global Development Finance Centre and Global Development Finance Research Network is organising a conference in Cape Town on the 5-7 November 2013. The conference will be bringing together researchers, academics, practitioners in development finance institutions, commercial banks, central banks and other international development institutions.

The Conference will focus (not exclusively) on the following:

  • Financing Social Development;
  • Development Finance and Corporate Governance ;
  • Sustainable Competition in Development Banking;
  • Risk, Assets and Liability Management in Development Finance;
  • Managing Problem Loans;
  • Organisational Management
  • Development Finance and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Environmental Finance;
  • Optimal Ethical & Environmental Banking;
  • Credit Ratings in Development Finance;
  • Regulatory Issues Impacting on DFIs
  • Project Finance
  • Strategic Planning for DFIs;
  • Audit and Internal Control in DFIs ;
  • Infrastructure and Project Finance;
  • Islamic Banking: Interest Free Banking;
  • Key Performance Indicators: Measuring Performance and Impact of DFIs
  • Financial and Economic Appraisal of Investment Projects

The last three Global Development Conferences in 2010 , 2011 and 2012 attracted presenters and participants from academic institutions, development finance institutions and development finance researchers throughout the world.

Who should attend? Staff of:

  • Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP)
  • African Association of Development Finance Institutions (AADFI)
  • Association of European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI)
  • Association of National Development Finance Institutions in Member Countries of the Islamic Development Bank (ADFIMI)
  • Latin American Association of Development Financing Institutions (ALIDE)
  • Management Companies
  • Financial and Economic Policy Makers;
  • Staff of Central Banks and Financial Regulators;
  • Government Officials and Representatives of International Development Agencies;
  • Academia and Research Scholars
  • Environmental Management and Sustainable Development Practitioners
  • Development Financing Institutions, Commercial Banks, SME Banks, Micro Finance;
  • Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Project Managers and Carbon Traders;
  • Financial Consultants, Risk Management Professionals, Research Analysts;
  • Managers, Investment Advisors, and Members of Rating Agencies;
  • Staff of Green Business Projects;
  • All those engaged (or interested) in sustainable development, green financing and green economies
  • Institutions, Leasing Companies, Equity and Venture Capital Firms

Academic and other researchers are encouraged to submit their work for publication in the Review of Development Finance (Elsevier Journal). Practitioners can have their work published in the Development Finance Agenda Magazine.

Email abstract to Dina Potgieter at

July 31, 2013 - Submission of Abstracts
August 30, 2013 – Submission of full paper
September 30, 2013 – Registration and Payment of Conference Fee

Development Finance Research Network
Development Finance Training Network


Administrative Queries
Mrs. Dina Potgieter
Tel:  21-914 6778
Fax: 21- 914 4438

Scientific Queries
Professor Nicholas Biekpe
Tel: 21-914 6778
Fax:: 21-914 4438