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

Theme: Measuring and Optimising Financial Systems In Emerging Markets

Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel - Dubai

Date: 2-3 September 2014


The Review of Development Finance Journal in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Development Finance and the Global Development Finance Research and Training Networks is organising the 2014 Global Development Finance Conference in Dubai in 2-3 September 2014. The conference will be bringing together academics, researchers from institutions working in the area of development and other researchers from 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 Finance
  • Key Performance Indicators: Measuring Performance and Impact of DFIs
  • Financial and Economic Appraisal of Investment Projects

The last four Global Development Conferences in 2010 , 2011, 2012 and 2013 attracted presenters and participants from academic institutions, development finance institutions and development finance researchers throughout the world.

Who should attend? Staff of:

  • Financial Consultants, Risk Management Professionals, Research Analysts; 
  • Researchers from central and commercial banks
  • Doctoral and other postgraduate students
  • Professional Economists
  • Academic Researchers
  • Researchers from Development Finance Institutions
  • Researchers from Investment Banks
  • Professional financial analysts

Academic and other researchers are encouraged to submit their work to be considered for publication in the Review of Development Finance Journal (Elsevier Journal). The Review of Development Finance is listed in Scopus and IBSS.

Scientific Committee of Conference:

  • Professor Nicholas Biekpe (Conference Chairman, University of Cape Town & Africagrowth Institute, S. Africa)
  • Professor Joshua Abor (University of Ghana Business School, Ghana)
  • Professor Paul Alagidede (Wits Business School, S. Africa)
  • Professor Kwaku Opong (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Professor Kalu Ojah (Wits Business School, S. Africa)
  • Professor Smile Dube (California State University, USA)
  • Professor Danny Cassimon (University of Antwerp)
  • Professor Andy Mullineux (University of Bournemouth, UK)
  • Dr Sawsan Halbouni (University of Sharjah, UAE)
  • Professors: Nasim Shirazi, Turkhan Manap and Mohd Azmi
  • Omar (Islamic Development Bank, Saudi Arabia)
  • Prof Sundaram Janakiramanan (SIM University, Singapore)

We kindly invite you to submit your paper for presentation at the prestigious Global Development Finance Conference. The conference will be more inclusive than before and will address some important issues. The following will apply:

1. All presenters will be presented with certificates of attendance
2. There will be a booklet of the abstract of conference papers on our website
3. Full papers will be available on CD at the conference
4. Networking Cocktail
5. There will be a $500 prize for best conference paper
6. Dinner in the Desert tour - Optional

Email your full paper to Dina Potgieter at

June 30, 2014 - Submission of Full Papers
July 31, 2014 - Registration and Payment of Conference Fee


Administrative Queries
Mrs. Dina Potgieter
Tel: +27 21-914 6778
Fax: +27 21-914 4438

Scientific Queries
Professor Nicholas Biekpe
Tel: +27 21-914 6778
Fax: +27 21-914 4438