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Developing finance institutions are undergoing rapid change. Many of them face increasing competition, tougher regulation or are branching out to embrace new market segments. The Inclusive Finance Summer Academy seeks to equip participants with profound technical know-how in one of five subjects areas (operational risk management, SME banking, rural finance, housing finance and digital finance), visit major German institutions related to your elective, and develop a better understanding of current trends in developing communities.

20th anniversary of the Summer Academy: July 1 - 5, 2019
Target Group

This programme is aimed at managers of microfinance & housing finance institutions focusing on SME or agricultural clients, commercial banks active in microfinance, transformed MFIs, or microinvestment funds.


The Programme*

Technical Electives:

Option A: Advanced Credit Risk in MSME Finance

Finance specialists, credit managers, risk analysts, auditors,
systems developers and anyone else who never leaves the
house without their laptop will enjoy this expert level session
on credit risk. Joachim will take you on a hands-on tour of
Frankfurt School’s data-driven approach to credit risk: rating
models, statistical scoring, advanced arrears statistics and
modern portfolio analytics. This includes a practical session and
tools for developing stress test scenarios and effective portfolio
diversification strategies. Special emphasis will be given to the
data requirements and models necessary for implementing the
new 3-stage receivables impairment model under IFRS 9. IFRS
9 Impairments are the single biggest topic in credit modelling
for 2017 and 2018. Joachim will show you practical solutions
from early adopters among emerging market MSME lenders.

Option B: Trends in SME Banking

The SME banking electives are 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. The importance of recent
trends will be discussed including Women in business, Supply
chain finance and significant changes in SME service delivery
requirements. A theoretical understanding will be delivered and
then deepened via the work on real case studies.

Option C: Rural Finance

This course focuses on the application of successful microfinance principles to rural and agricultural lending. It considers key similarities and differences between micro and rural/agricultural operations (especially concerning seasonality), risk considerations, client monitoring, and loan recovery.

It examines practical experiences of designing rural and agricultural credit products, delivering these products, and new approaches such as value chain financing and warehouse receipts programs.

Option D: Housing Finance

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. A strong, hands-on focus and examples from practitioners with a wealth of experienced in the field are a clear characteristic of this course. Housing Finances is offered in cooperation with HDFC India.

Option E: Digital Finance

Digital finance offers a transformational solution for financial inclusion. Powered by the mobile phone, new data and technological innovations, it has become affordable and convenient for unbanked customers to access and use formal banking services.

By choosing this elective, you will be enabled to successfully deploy digital technologies in your institution and leverage digital financial services (DFS) in your target markets.

Other Activities:

Outdoor activity

This outdoor activity consists of exercises and projects to learn and recognize by doing with all senses. Participants will be able to retrace their own strengths and weaknesses, success factors and lessons-learned.

Field Trip

Each technical elective includes a site visit related to the topic
of the course.

* Subject to change

Administrative Details

Tuition and accommodation expenses

The total fee for the Inclusive Finance Summer Academy is EUR 3,750*. This fee includes the course fee, all training materials, and full-board accommodation in single rooms for the time of training.

The Summer Academies are fully tuition based and not sponsored. Accordingly, participants have to cover the full costs of the training or find a sponsor.

Handouts, documentation, and background literature will be assembled in a comprehensive participant handbook, which will also be provided via USB at the end of the training.

* Subject to change.

Other Information:


Please note that we can offer the following discounts:

  • 10% for each institution sending more than one participant* to a Summer Academy
  • 20% to each participant participating in more than one Summer Academy course*

* successfully enrolled

Applicants that are staff of member institutions of the International Union for Housing Finance and African Union for Housing Finance are entitled to a EUR 450 discount.


The Summer Academy will be held at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management new campus. The brand new facilities offer a broad variety of seminar rooms and a new learning experience. Accommodation in single rooms will be arranged at a high-class hotel. The participants can join the campus very easily using the very practical metro from Frankfurt.


The language of instruction will be English and no translation will be provided.

Event Organisers

The Summer Academies are an initiative of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, a leading private business school and advisory institute in Germany. Frankfurt School has more than 50 years of experience in consulting and training services in all areas of banking & finance.

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Since starting its international advisory business in 1992, Frankfurt School has successfully managed and implemented development finance projects for a wide range of clients, primarily with the major international finance institutions, development finance institutions, and bilateral/multilateral donor organisations. Our International Advisory Services department is committed to improving financial markets and increasing access to finance for low-income populations in developing and transition countries and emerging markets.

Over the past 20 years the International Advisory Services has organised the annual Summer Academies. Our Summer Academies host a high-standard of microfinance practitioner trainings with an excellent reputation worldwide. We provide our participants with in-depth technical know-how and effective practical tools to manage change and lead their institutions through dynamic markets. Our goal is to provide a one-stop platform where you can obtain integrated training and gain new insights - both from our experienced faculty and from networking with other participants.


HDFC was established in 1977 as the first specialised mortgage company in India. HDFC’s primary objective is to meet a social need by promoting home ownership through the provision of long-term financing to households. To date, HDFC has successfully financed over 3 million housing units. Thus the housing finance elective course offers the unique combination of excellent academic knowledge with thriving practical experience. Visit their homepage.