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Development Finance e-Campus

6 months | part-time | online

Certified Expert in Microfinance (CEMF)

Are you familiar with tools and techniques for improving the operations of an MFI? Are you looking for chances to improve your skills and knowledge in the area of microfinance in a flexible study pace? This course is an excellent and comprehensive qualification for microfinance practitioners. It prepares you for the challenge of serving your clients in changing and increasingly competitive environments.

6 months | part-time | online

Certified Expert in Islamic Microfinance (CEIM)

In the growing area of Islamic microfinance, a diverse skillset is required. Professionals have to be knowledgeable in traditional retail banking, in the ethics of Islamic finance and in the relevant compliance and regulation issues. This course was designed to provide you with the necessary skills and know-how to become a well-rounded Islamic microfinance professional.

6 months | part-time | online

Certified Expert in Microinsurance (CEMI)

Are you seeking to understand microinsurance? Would you like to know how this product proposition could benefit your clients or organization?  The Certified Expert in Microinsurance provides you with an understanding of the target market, marketing strategies and distribution channels to be successful with this product proposition.

6 months | part-time | online

Certified Expert in Risk Management (CERM)

The objective of this course is to deepen your understanding of modern risk analysis including credit, market, liquidity and operational risk and to implement this understanding in your institution. The course teaches global concepts applied to the special conditions of developing and emerging markets.

6 months | part-time | online

Certified Expert in SME Finance (CESF)

This online course, which is based on Frankfurt School’s broad experience in practical project work and theoretical business school education programs, is tailored to the needs of mid-level managers and loan officers active or interested in SME Finance.

18-24 months | part-time | online

Certified Expert in Financial and Managerial Accounting (CEFMA)

Every manager (aspiring to) in a leadership position needs to have a grasp of accounting in order to steer business processes in a sustainable way. Knowledge, Skills and Competencies used from this project contribute in particular to the understanding of the Modules Risk Management for Managers, SME Finance, Strategy & Change Management as well as the final project work.

6 months | part-time | online

Certified Expert in Climate & Renewable Energy Finance (CECRF)

 This course will help you to understand two different perspectives on financing climate and RE projects: firstly, why markets alone might fundamentally not be able to trigger investment in a way that environmental issues are appropriately taken into account and which policy instruments are available to correct these so-called “market failures”. Secondly, the project perspective of investors or financiers confronted with the specifics of RE and EE financing including but not limited to dealing with the specific risk profile of capital intense business models in an often policy and regulation driven market. Understanding both perspectives and the interlinkage is key to policy design and investment decisions in the years to come.  

6 months | part-time | online

Certified Expert in Climate Adaptation Finance (CECAF)

This course will help you to understand the many facets of, and perspectives on, climate adaptation finance – which is not and shall not be limited to grant funding. An overview of how financing typically takes place in different adaptation related projects will form the basis for discussions about why finance is flowing towards adaptation projects in some cases whereas in other situations commercial adaptation investment is inhibited. The different perspectives of businesses, investors and policy makers on adaptation will be given. This will support the participants to reflect on appropriate policy interventions to facilitate adaptation and to identify funds from various sources available to implement required measures globally.

6 months | part-time | online

Certified Expert in Financial Inclusion Policy (CEFI)

The significant contribution that financial inclusion can make to achieving inclusive economic growth and the Sustainable Development Goals has gained global recognition.

18-24 months | part-time | online

Master of Leadership in Development Finance (MA) - online

aims to prepare new generations of leaders who are passionate about finance and its role as a catalyst for economic development and growth in emerging economies worldwide.

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Frankfurt School Development Finance e-Campus will launch the following courses soon:


Education is central to development - both in the sense of personal advancement and in the wider context, defined as the development of countries. Our online programmes help you to systematically and successfully develop your qualifications and to build your career while recognizing the social function of education.


FSDF e-Campus online courses are conducted completely online, with the exception of the final exam. The paper-based final exams can be taken on fixed dates at one of our partner institutions spread around the world.


Our online certification programmes are 6-month part-time trainings, designed to be conducted along full-time work or other obligations. Apart from a few deadlines, the courses follow a very flexible approach, allowing participants to follow their own study schedule.


FSDF online certification courses start twice a year, beginning of March and beginning of September. The next course period will start on September 2018.

Training Approach

The flexibility of our courses offers you the opportunity to follow your own schedule and to combine daily work with professional development.

The high quality offered will immediately improve your daily job performance as well as the performance of your institution.

Our training approach features:
  • Training material based on international best practice with international examples;
  • A hands-on, practical focus with tools and guidance for real life implementation;
  • On-going support from our experienced trainers and tutors throughout the entire course

Training Material

Video Lectures


After viewing the lectures, participants will have a basic understanding of each topic and will be able to classify importance and relevance of different techniques and aspects in a broader context.

Web-based Presentations

Web based presentation complement the scripts and give additional input on important topics.

Online Tests

Each unit ends with an online test comprising a set of 10 - 15 multiple choice questions. Only after having successfully completed an online test you will gain access to the next unit.


A PDF script is for most of our courses the main studying material. The scripts provide basic concepts and principles applicable to the subject of each unit.


The key to successful learning is the immediate use of newly acquired knowledge and the transfer of theory into practice. Our online courses are therefore supplemented  by mandatory assignments.

Discussion Forum

A course discussion forum enables the interaction between participants and trainers and facilitates the exchange of experiences as well as possibilities to ask questions or get clarifications.

System requirements

Requirements for the online Programmes

You need to have access to stable internet connection to:

  • download PDF files and other files with a size up to 5 MB
  • solve online tests and online assignments
  • use the forum
  • stream video lectures

an internet browser which enables html5, as for example:

  • Internet Explorer since version 9.0, preferably later versions
  • Mozilla Firefox since version 4.0, preferably later versions

the following browser settings have to be made:

  • activate JavaScript
  • allow pop-up-windows
  • activate Java
  • approve Cookies

Finally, you need to have an PDF-reader, for example the Adobe Reader, which you can download for free at as well as an officesoftware to be able to open MS-Word (.doc & .docx) and MS-Excel files (.xls & .xlsx). If you don't posses Microsoft Office you can download the free Open Office (

Specific Requirements

To be able to stream our video lectures a broad band internet access is required as well as a minimum of 1GHz CPU. Furthermore, you need to have the flash player installed, which is available for free at

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your FSDF e-CampusTeam at

Final exam

If you wish to be certified from Frankfurt School, you have to take the final exam at the end of the course. The final exam takes 2 hours, is paper based and can be taken at any of our partner institutions.

Any travel costs related to the final exam must be arranged independently and is at your own expense.

If you do not wish to receive a Certificate, after completing the course you will receive a confirmation of course participation.

Requirements and Dates

You can take the final exam after completing the respective online course. Meaning, passing all the online tests and the mandatory assignments

The final exam takes place twice a year:

  • September (for the course starting in March)
  • March (for the course starting in September)

Exam locations*

A network of partners is hosting our final exam

A network of partners is hosting our final exam

Is your country not in the list? Let us know, we might find a cooperation partner there.


Barbados: Bridgetown, The Cave Hill School of Business Inc. - The University of the West Indies

Canada: Montreal, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Colombia: Bogotá, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia

Ecuador: Quito, Red de Instituciones Financieras de Desarrollo

Guatemala: Guatemala City, REDIMIF

Haiti: Port-au-Prince, La Societe Financiére Haitienne de Developpment S.A. (SOFIHDES)

Honduras: Tegucigalpa, Red Katalysis

Mexico: Mexico City, Pro Desarrollo

Nicaragua: Managua, AFODENIC

Panama: UNEP

Peru: Lima, COPEME

Suriname: Paramaribo, FHR Lim A Po Institute for Social Studies


Afghanistan: Kabul, Afghanistan Institute of Banking and Finance

Azerbaijan: Baku, AMFA

Bangladesh: Dhaka, BIBM

Cambodia: Phnom Penh, ACLEDA Training Center Ltd.

China: Beijing, CAM (China Assiciation of Microfinance)

Georgia: Tbilisi, International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University

India: Chennai, Hand in Hand Academy for Social Entrepreneurship

India: Lucknow, MicroSave

India: Hyderabad, MicroSave

India: Mumbai, FSFM Office

India: New Delhi, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, German House

Indonesia: Jakarta, MICRA Indonesia

Kyrgyz Republic: Bishkek, Association of Microfinance Institutions

Laos: Vientiane, ACLEDA Bank

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI)

Myanmar: Yangon, Management & Accountancy School (MAS)

Pakistan: Islamabad, School of International Law

Tajikistan: Dushanbe, AMFOT

Vietnam: Hanoi, chool of Banking and Finance, National Economics University


Austria: Vienna, currycom communications GmbH

Belgium: Brussel, Fabelfin Academy VZW

France: Paris, OLAN SAS

Germany: Frankfurt, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Germany: Hamburg, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Germany: Munich, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Greece: Athen, Hellenic Bank Association

Italy: Neaples,  I.P.E. - Istituto per ricerche ed attività educative

Kosovo: Pristina, Association of Microfinance Institution in Kosovo, AMIK

Luxembourg: Luxembourg City, European Microfinance Platform

Poland: Warsaw, Warsaw Institute of Banking

Romania: Sibiu

Russia: Moscow, Finance Academy and Higher School of Economics

Serbia: Belgrade, Association of Serbian Banks

Switzerland: Zurich

The Netherlands: Utrecht, NPM, Platform for Inclusive Finance

Turkey: Ankara, Frankfurt School Office

UK: Birmingham, Humanitarian Academy for Development

Ukraine: Kyiv, Private Institution of Higher Education "International University of Finance"

MENA (Middel East and North Africa)

Bahrain: Isa Town, Bahraini German International Services

Egypt: Cairo, Sanabel – The Microfinance Network of Arab Countries in Egypt

Iraq: Bagdhad, Iraqi Microfinance Network

Jordan: Amman, JO Consultancy

Lebanon: Beirut, Morgan International

Morocco: Casablanca, Centre Mohammed VI de soutien à la Microfinance Solidaire

Oman: Baushar, College of Banking and Financial Studies

Palestine: Ramallah, Palestine Microfinance Network Sharakeh

Palestine: Gaza, Palestine Microfinance Network Sharakeh

Syria: Damascus, PDI Institute

Tunisia: Tunis, Enda inter-arabe

United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies


Papua New Guinea: PNG Institute of Banking and Business Management Inc. (IBBM) 

Sub-Sahara Africa

Burundi: Bujumbura, Institut Français du Burundi

Cameroon: Douala, MPV Academy - The International Business School

DR Congo: Kinshasa, Congolese German Center of Microfinance

Ghana: Accra, National Banking College

Ivory Coast: Abidjan, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d'Economie Appliquée

Kenya: Nairobi, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Mali: Bamako, Mali Folkecenter

Mozambique: Maputo

Namibia: Windhoek, Namibia University of Science and Technology

Nigeria: Abuja, Centre for Microenterprise Development

Nigeria: Lagos, Centre for Microenterprise Development

Rwanda: Kigali, AMIR Association of Microfinance in Rwanda

Seychelles: Victoria, The Morel Institute

South Africa: Durban, Durban University of Technology

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Association of Microfinance

Uganda: Kampala, Uganda Institute of Banking

Zambia: Lusaka, Association of Microfinance Institutions of Zambia (AMIZ)

Zimbabwe: Harare

Please note that Frankfurt School of Finance & Management cannot guarantee the availability of the listed final exam locations

* as of April 2018. Subject to change.