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

Theme: Financing Developing Countries for Growth - The Role of Research and Innovation

Date: 20-21 November 2024

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

Registration form

The Chartered Institute of Development Finance, Development Finance Centre (UCT GSB) 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 in developing countries struggle to meet borrowing  and lending demands, the situation provides an opportunity for commercial and investment banks  to join forces with DFIs to provide blended and other innovative financial tools to address the wider needs of borrowers and lenders around the world.  This year’s conference will examine the role that research and innovation play in promoting and sustaining economic growth in developing countries.

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

  • Trading among BRICS countries and the impact on traditional reserve currencies
  • Cryptocurrencies and Central Banks dilemma
  • The impact of Artificial Intelligence in the financial service sectore
  • 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 potential power of blended finance in promoting and sustaining 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. The Review of Development Finance is listed in Scopus, Web of Science and IBSS. The Journal is also accredited by the South African DHET for subsidy purpose. Practitioners can contribute articles to the Africagrowth Agenda Journal (listed in IBSS) and Development Finance Agenda Magazine (listed in IBSS).

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 Whelsy Boungou (Paris School of Business, France)
  • 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.

Click here to register

Submission of abstracts - 30 September 2024
Deadline for payment - 15 October 2024

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