Congolese-German Centre for Microfinance

at the Université Protestante au Congo, Kinshasa

Content and Goals

Microfinance plays a decisive role in the economic development of sub-Saharan Africa and in its battle against poverty and deprivation. However, African banks and ministries of finance often suffer from a lack of qualified experts. The Centre for Microfinance aims to bridge this gap and offers a needs-orientated programme for future microfinance specialists.

The work focuses primarily on establishing a new practiceoriented Master’s programme. The strong inclusion of experts from the finance sector gives the programme its outstanding added value. Besides expanding the course content and structure as such, the objectives include the further internationalisation of the Université Protestante au Congo as a key pillar in this collaboration.

The programme also focuses on enhancing and intensifying the research activities at the established Chair of Microfinance.

These include:

  • Continuous training and teaching of research staff
  • Consolidation of research capacities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Creation of a research network in the field of Microfinance with