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We are excited to be launching the book “Advanced Introduction to Financial Inclusion” co-authored by Prof Charles Adjasi, Prof Robert Lensink and Calumn Hamilton. Join the conversation as we discuss the book live with the authors, and take a detailed tour through the emerging field of financial inclusion.

This timely book charts the subtle conceptual shifts that gave rise to the focus on inclusivity in development finance, and provides an overview of key concepts, issues, and empirical findings. Diving into the crucial interaction of financial inclusion with gender, further chapters present new conceptual frameworks for thinking about these interactions, as well as discussing the impacts of gendered financial exclusion on both economic and empowerment outcomes.

We look forward to hosting you at this much-awaited event in partnership with Stellenbosch University International and the University of Groningen.

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Date: Thursday, 1 December 2022

Time: 17:30 – 19:00

Venue: Protea room, Stellenbosch Business School

This hybrid event will be livestreamed via Zoom

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Prof Charles Adjasi

Head: Research at Stellenbosch Business School

Charles Adjasi is Head of Research at Stellenbosch Business School, Cape Town, South Africa. He served as Programme Head for Development Finance from 2014 to June 2017. Prior to joining the the Business School in 2011, he was on the faculty of the University of Ghana Business School from 2001, serving one term as Head of the Department of Banking and Finance in 2011. From 2007 – 2011 he was Visiting Scholar at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, USA.

Prof Adjasi has consulted for various institutions, including the World Bank, Africa Centre for Economic Transformation, the Frederich-Ebert Stiftung Ghana, the Trades Union Congress of Ghana, Investment Climate Facility for Africa and the African Development Bank. In 2016, he served on a panel of experts in the Special Commodities Unit of UNCTAD, Geneva, and facilitated for Tariffs, Trade and Regional Integration within the West African Institute of Economic and Financial Management.

Prof Adjasi is a network member of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Nairobi, Kenya, and the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP), Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA. His general research focus is in the area of development finance/economics in Africa, with specific interests in financial markets, FDI and growth, household welfare, firm behaviour and productivity, and international trade and development. He has published widely: 31 articles in internationally reputable journals and three monographs, also contributing five chapters to edited book volumes.

At the Business School, Prof Adjasi teaches on the Development Finance programmes, in Research Methods in Development Finance and Issues and Banking and Finance. He holds a PhD from Stellenbosch University, an MPhil (Economics) and a BA (Economics and Political Science), both from the University of Ghana.

Prof Robert Lensink

Professor of Finance at the University of Groningen (UG); “Professor Extraordinaire” at Stellenbosch University

Robert Lensink is a development economist, with specific research interests covering Finance and Development, Gender Studies, Rural Development and Impact Analyses. A substantial part of his research focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa and takes an interdisciplinary approach. He is currently the vice-dean research at the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), UG.

Robert has a wide international network. He is External Research Fellow of SOAS (University of London), member of the European Development Research Network, Resource person for the African economic Research Consortium and a member of the steering committee of NWO/WOTRO. He has published more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, British Journal of Social Psychology and World Development. He has authored 5 books, edited 4 books, and published more than 30 book chapters.

Calumn Hamilton

Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen

Calumn Hamilton is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Groningen and an affiliate of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre. His research focuses on development economics at the macroeconomic level, including areas such as structural change, aid effectiveness, the interaction of gender and development, and financial inclusion. Calumn is also involved in the construction and maintenance of various publicly available large-scale macroeconomic databases. The book being launched is Calumn’s first book.

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