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


The Partners

Université Protestante au Congo (UPC)
The UPC in Kinshasa, a pioneer in tertiary education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, established a Chair of Microfinance several years ago and meanwhile collaborates closely with the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
As a leading private business school, the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, headquartered in Frankfurt am Main,
Germany, has become a constituent component in the business and finance community. It has set itself the task of contributing significantly to the advancement and further development of national and international business practices and methods by engaging in teaching, continuing and postgraduate training, as well as research and consultancy. After cooperating with the Université Protestante au Congo for some five years, an excellent foundation has meanwhile grown on which this collaboration can expand.



Centre Congolais Allemand de Microfinance
Université Protestante au Congo
Faculté d’Administration des Affaires et Sciences Économiques
Avenue de la libération, N°23, Lingwala
P.O. BOX 4745
Kinshasa 2, DR Congo

DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service
Centres of African Excellence
Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn, Germany


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