Projet « Delivering inclusive financial development and growth » (2016-2020) 2018-07-08T20:37:56+00:00

“Delivering inclusive financial development and growth” Project (2016-2020)

A consortium of partners, including Prof. Issouf Soumaré, will collaborate on a £ 2.017 million research project, on “Delivering inclusive financial development and growth in Africa”, funded under the DFID-ESRC Growth Research programme (DEGRP) Call 3 (2015/2016). The projet was launched on May 30, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya during the Biannual Workshop of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).

The international dimension of the consortium includes the UK (University of Birmingham; SOAS University of London; Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex; Loughborough University; the Overseas Development Institute; and the University of Nottingham), the Netherlands (CIBIF, Faculty of Economics and Business, the University of Groningen), North America (Université Laval in Québec, Canada and Columbia in the USA) and, crucially, Africa (the University of Ghana-Legon; and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Pan African headquartered in Nairobi).

3 core questions

To be delivered over a 4-year period (2016-2020), the research addresses three core questions:


How can institutional frameworks support inclusive financial development?


What role(s) do private and public capital inflows play in domestic financial inclusion in Africa?


How can private and public institutions in Africa be a catalyst and channel for technological diffusion and financial inclusion?

This project involving the best researchers on development finance and economic development around the world will not only contribute to building the capacity of young African researchers, but will also provide African decision makers with a solid basis of knowledge to undertake well-informed decisions for better financial inclusion and improved living conditions of the populations on the continent.

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