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

Theme: Innovative research in sustainable finance

Date: 21-22 November 2023

Venue: UCT Graduate School of Business and Marriott Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

The Chartered Institute of Development Finance and the Africagrowth Institute, in partnership with major development finance institutions, other financial institutions, academic institutions and governments, is organising a 2-day  conference to discuss issues around sustainable finance practices and research.

As development finance and other financial institutions struggle to meet borrowing  and lending demands, the situation provides an opportunity for commercial and investment banks  to join forces with DFIs to provided blended and other innovative financial tools to address the wider needs of borrowers and lenders around the world.  This year’s conference will examine innovative applications of financial technologies and research to strengthen the global networks which power finance for development.

The conference will include sessions for Development Finance Institutions and other financial institutions to discuss the important sustainable finance issues. In addition, it will offer the opportunity for academics and postgraduate students to discuss their research work in the development finance field.

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

Development Finance Institution Panel Discussions

  • The economic and political impacts of energy price rises and cost of living in developing countries
  • The impact of conflicts and pandemics on global economic development.
  • Foreign Direct Investment versus Domestic Resource Mobilisation: Which is more important for sustainable economic development?
  • The growth of trade finance in emerging economies: benefits and challenges.
  • Are the days of the dollar being the global reserve currency coming to an end? 
  • The economic impact of the African Continental Free Trade Area

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 (IFC World Bank Group, USA)
  • 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)

Conference Fee is from $250 for non-presenters and $300 for presenters.  The fee will cover lunches, tea/coffee breaks with snacks, venue hire and admin cost.

Email your abstract or full paper to Dina Potgieter at



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

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