Groningen, Netherlands

Financial Inclusion and Sustainable Growth

when 5 July 2021 - 10 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, all programmes for 2020 have been cancelled.

Enrol in this unique summer school on financial inclusion, developed by three renowned professors from Université Laval (Canada), the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and Stellenbosch University (South Africa). This summer school is alternately offered in each of these three universities in three different continents. This year, it will be held at Université Laval, in the city of Québec, Canada.

Over the years, many low-income countries have undergone extensive financial reforms. Despite these reforms, however, many households and enterprises, especially in Africa, are still unable to participate in the financial sector. While it is well known that financial institutions and markets can help induce economic growth, it is much less clear how financial development can become inclusive and kick start a process of sustainable economic growth with a positive effect on the poor.

This summer school will discuss the major developments regarding research on financial inclusion, including microfinance. It will shed much light on how financial inclusion can induce sustainable growth in low-income economies, with explicit attention to African countries.

This one-week summer school will contain interactive lectures by the organizers from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), Université Laval (Canada), and Stellenbosch University (South Africa), as well as guest speakers. Ample attention will be given to group discussions.

Course leader

Robert Lensink (Professor of Finance, University of Groningen)
Charles K.D. Adjasi (Professor of Development Finance and Economics, University of Stellenbosch )
Issouf Soumaré (Professor of Finance, Université Laval)

Target group

This school is intended for MBA and masters students and alumni with a finance background.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Course aim

The course is organized around the following three main topics:

- impact of financial inclusion interventions: methods and applications;
- financial inclusion: financial innovation and cross-border banking;
- financial products for financial inclusion.

Credits info

1 EC
The workload is estimated at 40 hours (five days from 9-5 with lectures, workshops, assignments and (paper) presentations).
Participants who attend all sessions and who present a research proposal or paper on Friday will receive a certificate of participation signed by the coordinators of the summer school. Upon request the certificate can mention the workload of 40 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 0: The fee will be announced soon.