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Financial Inclusion and Sustainable Growth, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 8 days


  • Over the past years, many low-income countries have undergone extensive financial reforms. Despite these reforms, 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 one-week summer school will contain interactive lectures by the organisers from the University of Groningen (Netherlands), Université Laval(Canada), and Stellenbosch University (South Africa), as well as some guest speakers. Ample attention will be given to group discussions. This year's edition will be hosted by Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 8 days
    • Duration description
      6 - 13 July 2019
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The summer school consists of the following parts:

Impact of Financial Inclusion Interventions: Methods and Applications 
  • The objective of this part of the course is to provide students with better knowledge about the theory and practice of impact analyses in developing countries. Special attention will be given to the impact of microfinance projects.
Financial inclusion: financial innovation and cross border banking 
  • The objective of this part of the course is to introduce the participants with two key contributors to financial inclusion: financial innovation and cross border banking.
Financial Products for Financial Inclusion 
  • This part of the course provides students with knowledge on the demand side of financial inclusion by discussing innovations in designing inclusive financial products from the customer’s perspective. 


This summer school is designed for Research master students, MPhil students and MBA students.


  • Prof. Robert Lensink (University of Groningen)
  • Prof. Charles Adjasi (University of Stellenbosch Business School )
  • Prof. Issouf Soumaré (Université Laval )

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter
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.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    216 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 216 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 8 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    216 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 216 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 8 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • R17 600 (including student residence accommodation)
  • For students from the organising universities (University of Groningen, Université Laval and University of Stellenbosch) the fee is R11 300.

Living costs for Groningen

  • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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