Portsmouth Business School

5th European Research Conference on Microfinance



Conference date: 12 - 14 June 2017 


Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3AH.


Financial inclusion has become a reality for many poor and low income populations in developing countries as suggested by the most recent data from the Global Findex survey. Microfinance has played a key role in this regard, with the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report 2015 estimating that 3,098 microfinance institutions (MFIs) lent to more than 211 million borrowers across the world by the end of 2013. While microfinance is now approaching forty years of age, there is still much to do if poor and low income households are to be effectively integrated both from a financial and social perspectives.

The 5th European Research Conference on Microfinance will draw together ideas from Europe and beyond which tackle the inclusion problem. How do MFIs ensure they reach the financially excluded? How can microfinance products be tailored to meet the specific needs of different groups amongst the financially excluded? How can new instruments as agent banking and mobile money be put at the service of the poor? How can the microfinance sector keep its identity as a relevant development tool while facing ‘old’ problems (poverty, gender discrimination, client over-indebtedness, etc.) as well as new challenges such as the impact of climate change and the refugee crises? Research has a crucial role in addressing these questions.

The 5th European Research Conference on Microfinance is one of the primary meeting places for academic researchers working on microfinance. Since the first conference in Brussels, Belgium, in 2009, and its successors in Groningen, Netherlands (2011), Kristiansand, Norway (2013) and Geneva, Switzerland (2015), the conference has been a unique platform for academics to exchange ideas, build and consolidate networks, give visibility to their projects and to identify gaps and different paths for new research.

We cordially invite you to join us in June 2017 at the fifth European Microfinance Research Conference which will take place at Portsmouth (in the South of England), where we hope to continue this proud tradition. The Conference will be organized by the Portsmouth Business School, in cooperation with the European Microfinance Platform (www.e-mfp.eu/) and CERMi (www.cermi.eu).

Conference Theme

The main theme of the Conference is ‘Microfinance and Financial Inclusion’. During the three days of Conference, panels and parallel sessions will address key topics on the theme, including:

  • Strategy and management of microfinance institutions;
  • Responsible finance and client protection;
  • Gender and microfinance;
  • Microfinance products and services, including mobile money and digital financial services;
  • Policy, regulation and microfinance:
  • Impact of microfinance.

These are, however, not exclusive topics so we will be happy to consider academic papers that fall within the broader remit of microfinance and the microfinance movement, including financial practices and informal finance; ethical issues in microfinance; funding of microfinance, including new sources such as crowdfunding; and Islamic finance.

  • Call for Papers

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    Call for Papers
  • Submission

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  • Programme and Registration

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    Programme and Registration
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