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

Theme: Sustainable Finance, Economics, Trade and Insurance Research

Date: 16-17 November 2021

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

Development Finance Institution Panel Discussions

  • Cryptocurrencies: Benefits and disadvantages for Africa;
  • The potential impact of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA);
  • Impact of Covid-19 on Africa's growth: How can the continent recover;
  • The growth of infrastructure finance in emerging economies: Benefits and challenges;
  • Financing sustainable small business growth: What is the optimal model?
  • Foreign Direct Investment versus Domestic Resource Mobilisation: Which is more important for sustainable economic development;

Academic and Research Discussions

  • Development Finance and Corporate Governance;
  • Sustainable Competition in Development Banking;
  • Risk, Assets and Liability Management in Development Finance;
  • Corporate Finance and Investment in Emerging Markets;
  • Trade Finance;
  • Financial Economics in Emerging Markets;
  • Micro Insurance;
  • Law and Finance
  • Strategic Planning for DFIs;
  • Infrastructure and Project Finance;
  • Financial and Economic Appraisal of Investment Projects;
  • Risk Management in Financial Services;
  • Development Finance and Corporate Social Resposibility;
  • Environmental Finance;
  • Banking and Finance in Emerging Markets;
  • Public Sector Finance
  • Finance, economic growth and development.

Who should attend? Staff of:

  • Analysts from Finance Institutions;
  • Financial Consultants, Risk Management Professionals, Research Analysts; 
  • Researchers and analysts from central and commercial banks
  • Doctoral and other postgraduate students
  • Professional Economists
  • Professional Accounting and Finance Bodies
  • Government Officials and Government Finance Departments
  • Academic Researchers
  • Central Banks and Finance Ministries
  • Researchers from Development Finance Institutions
  • Researchers and analysts from Investment Banks
  • Professional financial analysts
  • Researchers from Development Finance Institutions
  • Pension Fund Practitioners and Industry

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. The Journal is also accredited by the South African DHET for subsidy purpose. Practitioners can contribute articles to the Africagrowth Agenda magazine.

Scientific Committee of Conference:

  • Prof Nicholas Biekpe (Conference Chairman, University of Cape Town & Africagrowth Institute, South Africa)
  • Dr Anthony Coleman (Afreximbank)
  • Dr Zwelakhe Tshandu (Development Bank of Southern Africa)
  • Prof Kwaku Opong (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Prof Kalu Ojah (Wits Business School, S. Africa)
  • Prof Isaac Otchere (Carleton University, Canada)
  • Dr Odongo Kodongo (Wits Business School, South Africa)
  • Dr Sephooko Motelle (Central Bank of Lesotho)
  • Prof Smile Dube (California State University, USA)
  • Dr Anne Kamau (Central Bank of Kenya)
  • Prof Danny Cassimon (University of Antwerp)
  • Dr Kenneth Mwenda (World Bank)
  • Prof Andy Mullineux (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Dr Sawsan Halbouni (University of Sharjah, UAE)
  • Prof Sundaram Janakiramanan (SIM University, Singapore)
  • Prof Ayi Ayayi (Universite du Quebec, Canada)
  • Dr Adeleke Salami (African Development Bank)

Fees (Please note that fees exclude VAT for South African Citizens)

Doctoral Students: US$ 150
Other Academics: US$ 200
Non-Academic Professionals: US$ 250

  • Registration fee includes virtual participation in the conference and conference attendance e-certificate;
  • Virtual Live Presentation: For your virtual live presentation, we will use live virtual conference software to connect all delegates on a single platform to ensure your presentation is available to all participants;
  • Virtual Pre-Recorded Presentation: If you have limited IT resources, we offer you to present your research paper/abstract through Pre-Recorded poster/PowerPoint presentation;
  • Listener includes those delegates who are virtually attending the conference but not presenting;
  • Virtual Complete Registration Pack includes virtual LIVE participation in the conference, conference attendance e-certificate and editing fee.

Email your abstract or full paper to Dina Potgieter at

October 25, 2021 - Submission of abstracts
October 25, 2021 - 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