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2019

Research Meets Africa


The Research Meets Africa conference aims to promote research and innovation in the field of inclusive finance in Africa by connecting researchers from African and international universities with practitioners in the sector. It will take place within the framework of the SAM in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and will take place on Monday, October 21, 2019.
 

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CALL FOR PAPERS

"The impact and contribution of inclusive finance to the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)"

Call for papers.PDF


The theme of African Microfinance Week 2019 (SAM) is the impact and contribution of inclusive finance to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As a research event, Research Meets Africa 2019 (RMA 2019) can contribute to the reflection on different aspects of the theme, in particular on three main axes:

  • What methods should be used to assess the impact and contribution of inclusive finance to the SDGs?
  • What impacts and contributions to the SDGs has inclusive finance demonstrated in Africa?
  • How to maximize the impact of inclusive finance in Africa?

Thus, on each of the main axes identified, the research presented and discussed may focus in particular on the following topics:


What methods should be used to assess the impact and contribution of inclusive finance to the SDGs?

  • What existing tools are available for practitioners to assess impact and contribution to the SDGs?
  • Quantitative methods vs. qualitative methods
  • Innovative methods to measure impact and contribution to the SDGs
  • Balance between rigour and operationality

What impacts and contributions to the SDGs has inclusive finance demonstrated in Africa?

  • What impacts (positive and negative) does inclusive finance have on the community (beyond clients)?
  • What are the impacts (positive and negative) of digital finance?
  • What are the impacts of green microfinance on climate change resilience and the environment?
  • What are the impacts of microinsurance?
  • What are the impacts of alternative modes of SME financing (crowdfunding, equity, quasi-equity, etc.)?

How to maximize the impact of inclusive finance in Africa?

  • In which circumstances/ in which context does inclusive finance have the most positive impact?
    • Does regulation have a role to play in maximizing impact?
    • Does the presence of professional associations or networks promote a positive impact?
    • Does a financial education strategy maximize impact?
    • Are there any particular products/ services/modalities that have a greater positive impact than others?
  • Do non-financial services complementary to financial services maximize impact?

These research questions are not exhaustive and other working papers presented on the theme of the impact and contribution of inclusive finance to the SDGs will be considered.

AGENDA
- Launch of the call for papers: 15 April (please send your application to )
- Receipt of extended abstracts: 15 April - 15 June
- Review by the Scientific Committee of the extended abstracts: 15 June - 19 July 2019​
- Announcement of selected articles: July 25, 2019
- Submission of full articles: 15 September 2019.

Call for papers.PDF


The conference is reserved for SAM participants only


Partner of the conference

Innovations for Poverty Action

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. Since our founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.


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