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 African Centre for Development Finance, USB

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2 short courses in Development Finance:

Applied Data Envelopment Analysis in Performance Measurement
Friday, 19 August – Sunday, 21 August 2016

Efficiency and Productivity Analysis of Agro-Enterprises in Developing Economies
Monday, 22 August – Friday, 26 August 2016

USB campus, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa​

 Applied Data Envelopment Analysis in Performance Measurement

​​This 3-day course on postgraduate level focuses on Applied Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) with a healthy balance between theory and hands-on application. The course covers the economic theory of efficiency and productivity analysis and its measurement using non-parametric analysis. Both basic and advanced DEA models for measuring efficiency in multi-input multi-output situa­tions will be covered. An illustrative assessment by DEA will be carried out by course participants. Participants will be introduced to R, PIM, STATA and EMS software. Most of the second-stage analysis will be conducted in STATA.
 

The course is presented under the auspices of the African Centre for Development Finance at the University of Stel­lenbosch Business School (USB). The course is jointly offered by USB in col­laboration with the University of Ghana Business School. 

The presenters are Dr Kwaku Ohene-Asare, lecturer in Opera­tions Research and Management at the University of Ghana Business School and visiting lecturer at the University of War­wick, UK, and Dr Nyankomo Marwa, senior lecturer in Devel­opment Finance and Applied Econometrics at USB. 

What will you gain from the course?

You will gain an appreciation of the principles underlying Applied Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), issues arising from using DEA and some familiarity with the software for imple­menting DEA assessments. 

Who sho​uld attend?

  • Those interested in assessing the performance of organi­sational units such as regional offices, bank branches, sales outlets, hospitals or schools​
  • Aspiring doctoral candidates, post-doctoral fellows, cur­rent doctoral fellows and other academics working in this domain
  • Those working with national institutes of productivity analysis
  • Compulsory for USB's PhD and Master's stu­dents working on performance evalua­tion​

Download brochure here​​

Apply online​ ​

 Efficiency and Productivity Analysis of Agro-Enterprises in Developing Economies

This five-day course on postgraduate level focuses on applied Data Envelopment Analysis and Stochastic Frontier Analysis with a healthy balance between the theory and hands on application.


The course covers the economic theory of efficiency and productivity analysis and its measurement using both parametric and non-parametric analysis. Both basic and advanced DEA and SFA models for measuring efficiency in multi-input multi-output situations will be covered. An illustrative assessment by DEA and SFA will be carried out by course participants. In addition, recent developments in DEA with slack-based models and Stochastic DEA will be discussed. Participants will be introduced to R and STATA software. Most of the second-stage analysis will be conducted in STATA. 

The course is presented by Prof Amin Mugera, Assistant Professor of Production Economics University of Western Australia.

The course is presented under the auspices of the African Centre for Development Finance at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) in collaboration with the University of Western Australia, with financial support from Crawford Foundation and USB. 

Who should attend?​​​​

  • Those interested in assessing the performance of organisational units, for instance different regional offices, bank branches, sales outlets, hospitals or schools
  • Aspiring doctoral candidates, post-doctoral fellows and current doctoral fellows and other academics working in this domain
  • Those working with national institutions of productivity analysis
  • Compulsory for current USB PhD and master’s students working on performance evaluation​

What will you gain from the course?​​​​

An appreciation of the principles underlying DEA and SFA issues arising from using DEA and SFA and some familiarity with the software to implement DEA and SFA assessments. 

Download brochure: here

Apply online​

 More information for both short courses

  •  Application deadline: Friday, 29 July 2016
  •  Online application form: Go to http://bit.ly/29xsuua
  •  Costs: Courses fully sponsored by USB. Participants to cover own accommodation and travel costs.
  •  Group size: maximum 20 participants (due to logistical reasons)
  •  Training method: Lectures, small work groups, case studies, and hands-on use of software
  •  Venue: Computer Lab, USB, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa
  •  Language of tuition: English
  •  On-campus accommodation: Bellvista Lodge​