Call for Papers

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND LEGAL STUDIES

FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

NINETH MICROFINANCE CONFERENCE

THEME: THE FUTURE OF MICROFINANCE: SUSTAINABILITY OF MICROFINANCE INSTITUTIONS AND FINANCIAL INCLUSION

VENUE: MEDICAL SCHOOL AUDITORIUM-UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST

DATE: 9TH -10TH FEBRUARY, 2017

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Background

The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Cape Coast has been organizing Microfinance Conference since 2006. The conference has been attracting local and international participants from the industry, academia and Development Partner Institutions. The 8th in series of the Conference under the theme: The future of Microfinance: Sustainability of Microfinance Institutions and Financial Inclusion is scheduled for 9th and 10th February, 2017 at the University of Cape Coast.

Objectives of the Conference

The goal of this year’s conference is to provide a platform to share experiences and explore the reality and opportunities to harness the promise microfinance paradigm. The conference will bring together all stakeholders to help achieve its goal.  Specifically the conference will seek to:

  1. Track how microfinance has evolved in Ghana and explore the possible ways of making MFIs in Ghana sustainable;
  2. Share experiences on the use of digitized financial services in promoting inclusive finance;
  3. Share cross-country evidence on how microfinance regulation has contributed to financial inclusion;
  4. Discuss the prospects of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) that will lead to rebuilding the confidence in the microfinance sector.

Sub-themes

  1. Evolution, collapse and sustainability of MFIs: The Ghanaian case

This sub-theme is dedicated to the Ghanaian case with specific reference to current crises in the microfinance sector. Papers should focus on how microfinance has evolved in Ghana, why microfinance institutions are collapsing and what can be done to ensure the sustainability of microfinance institutions. In addressing the above issues, authors can also align their arguments with international best practices that have sustained microfinance institutions elsewhere.

  1. Digitization and financial inclusion

The use of modern technology such as mobile money transfer, ATMs, telephone banking and other sophisticated means of making finance accessible to the poor households and the unbanked has proven to deepen financial inclusion in some parts of the world. For example M-Pesa in the case of Kenya is a good example of digital finance and how it has served a lot of the unbanked. Papers under this sub-theme will explore the possible ways of using mobile technology and other forms of technology in serving the poor to deepen financial inclusion.

  1. Regulation and Inclusive Finance

Regulation of financial activities especially microfinance is essential for achieving financial inclusion. Effective prudential and non-prudential as well as supervisory tools ensure soundness of the entire financial system. These help in making financial products and services accessible to the unbanked, underbanked and the financially excluded populace. The sub-theme seeks to address regulatory issues that will foster and promote financial inclusion. Papers for this session should address issues such as regulatory challenges of MFIs and how microfinance regulation can promote inclusive finance.

  1. Prospects of microfinance in Ghana

In recent times microfinance activities have been subjected to several critics due to the seemingly unscrupulous activities engaged by some MFIs and other institutions that call themselves MFIs. As a result of this there has been several public outcry thus pushing the Bank of Ghana to withdraw the licenses of some MFIs. The perception is that microfinance is doing more harm than good and that there are no prospects for microfinance in Ghana. This sub-theme seeks to shed light on some of the achievements and prospects of microfinance in Ghana.

IMPORTANT DATES

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS                                  30th September, 2016

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE                          15th October, 2016

REGISTRATION OPENS                                             1st November, 2016

SUBMISSION OF FULL PAPERS                               31st December, 2016

REGISTRATION

  1. Registration fee for the conference is GHC 150 This does not include accommodation.
  2. To register for the programme, please download the registration form, complete and send it as an attachment to the Co-ordinator. You can also fill the form in the advertisement and send it as an attachment or by post to the Co-ordinator at the address below.
  3. Graduate students will be required to pay 75% (GHC 100) of the registration fee. Evidence of studentship will be required.
  4. Payment of registration fees should be made into the account below:

Account Name: Microfinance Conference

Account Number: 100-10004343 -01                                                        

Bank: National Investment Bank

Branch: Cape Coast

CONTACTS

Abstracts should be sent to the Co-ordinator at the following email address: microfinance@ucc.edu.gh  Website: www.ucc.edu.gh (Click on announcements to the conference site). Further details about the conference can be obtained from the following: 0244718204/ 0322137720/0322135561

ACCOMMODATION

Participants are required to make their own arrangements for accommodation.

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