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Inclusive Finance Summer Academy

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Adickesallee 32-34, 60322, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

+49 69 154008 370

School accreditation

Type of course
On campus full-time

Language of tuition
Courses are taught in English with French translation

Length of course
5 day programme

Date of commencement
July 6-10, 2020

Cost / fees
Eur 4,300

Student grants / Financial assistance
Early bird discount – 15% discount available till 31st March

Admission requirements
No admission requirements

Course Director
Dr. Barbara Drexler, Associate Dean Frankfurt School
Ms. Nilly Chingaté Castaño, Programme Manager

Contact details for application
Ausilia Pasqua
Tel: +49 (0) 69 154008-212
Email: summeracademy(at)

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Inclusive Finance Summer Academy

Inclusive financial services providers are undergoing rapid change. Many face increasing competition, tougher regulation or are branching out to embrace new market segments.

The Inclusive Finance Summer Academy seeks to equip participants with deep technical know-how across five major themes: Risk Management, Housing Finance, Digital Finance, SME Banking, Rural Finance, Human Resources and Impact Finance. You will visit major German institutions related to your elective and develop a better understanding of current trends in emerging markets and developing economies.

Our mission at Frankfurt School – Sustainable World Academy has been always closely aligned with the UN economic development mandate. The Summer Academy is a unique practitioner platform where you can develop the leadership skills necessary to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Participants will choose between the seven concentration tracks above and participate in broader exposure sessions every day. There are also crosscutting networking and teambuilding activities as well as field visits related to the five specialized tracks.

This year, the CSEF Summer Academy will run in parallel to the other seven tracks. Learn more about the CSEF summer academy.

Our Summer Academy is designed to provide tangible take-home value: what you learn with us in Frankfurt, you can apply straight away in your own organization. More than 1,000 participants over 20 years can’t be wrong – our trainings are cutting edge, delivered by leading experts in their field. Yet, most important for the great success of our Summer Academies is the profile of the participants. You bring the regional expertise, diversity of backgrounds and the unique practitioner’s perspective. Learning from each other is an integral part of our training philosophy. This is your opportunity to stretch your network all around the globe.

Risk Management Track:

It’s getting competitive out there in MSME financial services. Risk Management is the essential survival skill for inclusive finance leaders. The specialist track focusses on what every manager needs to know about risk management: how to address risk at the governance level, how to organize the identification, measurement and mitigation of exposures in a modern three-lines-of-defense approach.

Housing Finance Track

Offering housing finance in developing or emerging countries is a challenge. Affordability, fraud, legal problems, or a lack of long-term financing are persistent problems. In this course we will teach strategies and skills for implementing or enhancing housing finance operations both in your institution and other difficult environments. We cover the whole value chain of housing finance, from origination and underwriting to monitoring, recovery, and long-term funding.

Human Resources Track

MFIs that grow fast or operate in a competitive environment often find it difficult to recruit the right people, get consistently high employee performance, retain good employees, and fill management vacancies. In this track, we will provide solutions to these challenges and practice hands-on some of the key HR skills for MFI managers on all levels.

SME Finance Track

The SME banking track is intended for professionals from financial institutions interested in developing a strong SME banking business. The focus will be on cash flow lending, credit risk assessment, financial analysis, relationship management and SME products and services.

Agricultural Finance

The Agricultural Finance course objective is to build the capacity of financial institutions to lend to agribusiness enterprises and expand their agribusiness loan portfolios. The course covers three main topics: agribusiness and agri-sector fundamentals, agribusiness credit analysis and agricultural value chain finance.

Digital Finance Track

During our Summer Academy on Digital Finance, you will learn about the emerging digital landscape as well as the new market participants and products that have disrupted the market. By taking the sessions, you will be enabled to successfully deploy digital technologies in your institution and leverage digital financial services (DFS) in your target markets.

Impact Finance Track

Contact us for this track.

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About Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Frankfurt School is a research-led business school, covering every aspect of business, management, banking and finance. An impressive portfolio of services – ranging from degree courses to Executive Education programmes, from research projects to consultancy – means that Frankfurt School acts as adviser, catalyst and educational partner to companies and organisations, to individuals embarking on new careers, and to experienced executives.

As a centre of intellectual and practical activity, the business school formulates forward-thinking solutions for the worlds of business, finance and management, where agendas and issues are constantly changing.

The FS Sustainable World Academy offers professional and executive courses dedicated to the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our courses do not offer lofty phrases, but hand-on skills on how to finance and manage a better future for all.

Our value proposition is to educate bankers, microfinance professionals, policy makers, students and businesses dedicated to sustainability about concrete techniques, which can be put to use to achieve equitable and environmentally conscientious growth.