Past activities


(From most recent to oldest)

 

2019

  • September 11, 2019 - Research Seminar

    “Why Do People Stay Poor? Testing for Poverty Traps using Experimental Evidence from a Randomized Capital Transfer Programme in Bangladesh”

    Paper presentation by Maitreesh Ghatak (London School of Economics, UK) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 3.00pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

  • June 11, 2019 - Research Seminar

    "Organizing logics multiplicity in hybrid organizations –the role of organizational culture"

    Paper presentation by Alexander Pinz (University of Mannheim) at UMons, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 3.00pm in the Seminar Room 224L of the Université de Mons (UMONS), Warocqué School of Business and Economics.

2018

  • June 21, 2018 - Research Seminar

    Capital Adjustment Over the Cycle: Evidence from International Sample of Microfinance Institutions

    Paper presentation by Hubert Tchakoute Tchuigoua (KEDGE Business School, FR) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 3.00pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

  • May 18, 2018 - Research Seminar

    Can Self-regulation Work in Overheating Markets?

    Paper presentation by Daniel Rozas (Sr. Microfinance Expert at e-MFP - Independent Consultant) at UMONS, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 3.00pm in the Seminar Room 110-111 of the Université de Mons, Warocqué School of Business and Economics (UMONS, Mons).

  • May 16, 2018 - Research Seminar

"Managing Well in Difficult Times: Linking Financial Management, Fair Microcredit and Health"

Paper presentation by Olga Biosca (Glasgow Caledonian University, UK) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 2.30pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

 

2017

      • December 12, 2017 - CERMi Day 2017

        We are organizing the CERMi Day on December 12, 2017, in the Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels), located at 42, Avenue F.D. Roosevelt – 1050 Brussels, Belgium.

        Here is the plan for that day:

        - From 10.30am to 4.30pm: CERMi Research Day — Access restricted to CERMi members

        - From 5.00pm to 7.30pm: 10th anniversary of CERMi - Participation is free of charge but you need to register your attendance by email to cermi@ulb.ac.be

      • October 27, 2017 - Research Seminar

        Commercialization and the Decline of Joint Liability Microcredit

        Paper presentation by Maitreesh Ghatak  (London School of Economics, UK) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 2.30pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.103 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

      • September 25, 2017 - Research Seminar

        Comprendre le sentiment d'appropriation au sein des coopératives d'épargne et de crédit : proposition d'une approche à partir d'un cas congolais

        Paper presentation by Eddy Balemba Kanyurhi (Université Catholique de Bukavu, RDC) at UMONS, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 2.00pm in the Seminar Room Visio, 206P of the Université de Mons, Warocqué School of Business and Economics (UMONS, Mons).

      • June 27, 2017 - Research Seminar

        Microcredit, financial literacy and household financial distress

        Paper presentation by Joeri Smits (ETH Zurich, NADEL Center for Development and Cooperation, CH) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 3.00pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

      • May 19, 2017 - Research Seminar

        The Common Touch, Social Enterprise and the Neoliberal Program

        Paper presentation by Ana Maria Peredo (University of Victoria, CA) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 2.30pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.113 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

      • May 4, 2017 - Research Seminar

        Mission Drift in Microcredit and Microfinance Institution Incentives

        Paper presentation by Sara Biancini (Université de Caen Basse-Normandie, FR) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 2.30pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.113 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

        Paper co-authored with David Ettinger (Université de Paris Dauphine, FR) and Baptiste Venet (Université de Paris Dauphine, FR).

      • April 20, 2017 - Research Seminar

        Custodians of Tradition: Reviving Handlining for Cod on Fogo Island 

        Paper presentation by Tina Dacin (Smith School of Business-Queen’s University, CA) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 2.00pm in the Seminar Room R42.4.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

         

      • March 30, 2017 - Research Seminar

        Store Credit as Informal Insurance in Rural Yemen 

        Paper presentation by Sikandra Christian (Paris School of Economics, FR) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 2.30pm in the Seminar Room R42.4.116 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

    • February 17, 2017 - Research Seminar

      The Impact of Mobile Financial Services’ Usage on Microfinance Delinquency 

      Paper presentation by Francesc Prior (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Spain) at UMONS, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 3.00pm in the Seminar Room Visio, 206P of of the Université de Mons, Warocqué School of Business and Economics (UMONS, Mons).

    • February 2, 2017 - Research Seminar

      Getting in the Set: The Counter-Intuitive Effects of Socially Responsible Investment in Global Microfinance

Paper presentation by Tyler Wry (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, US) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 2.30pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.107 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

 

2016

            • Decembre 1, 2016 - Research Seminar

              Matching for Credit: Implications for Econometric Analysis and Market Design

              Paper presentation by Thilo Klein (OECD, FR) at UMONS, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 3.00pm in the Seminar Room 110-111 of the Université de Mons, Warocqué School of Business and Economics (UMONS, Mons).

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              October 5, 2016 - Research Seminar

              Why Do People Want Money? The “Money for a Day” Experiment

              Paper presentation by Georgina Gomez (International Institute of Social Studies - Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 2.30pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

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              June 16, 2016 - Research Seminar

               

              From ‘Financial Inclusion’ to ‘Empowerment’: The Women Who Make It

              Paper presentation by Supriya Garikipati (University of Liverpool, UK) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 12.15pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

      • May 3, 2016 - Research Seminar 

        Willingness-to-pay for Microinsurance and Flexibility: Evidence from an Agricultural Investment Lab-in-the-field Experiment in Senegal

        Paper presentation by Kristina Czura (University of Munich-LMU Munich, DE) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 4.15pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.113 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

        Paper co-authored with Vianney Dequiedt (University of Auvergne, FR)

      • May 2, 2016 - Research Seminar

         

        Promotion of Savings Groups in Africa : Is the Interest Rate Mechanism Truly Appealing for the Poor?

        Paper presentation by Maïté le Polain (Université catholique de Louvain - Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche Travail Etat et Société, BE) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at4.00pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

        Paper co-authored with Olivier Sterck (University of Oxford, UK) and Marthe Nyssens (Université catholique de Louvain - Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche Travail Etat et Société, BE)

      • March 14, 2016 - Research Seminar

        A Joint Performance Indicator for the Evaluation of the Double Bottom Line of Microfinance

        Paper presentation by Javier Sierra Pierna (University of Salamenca, ES) at UMONS, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 3.30pm in the Seminar Room Salle des Conseils of the Warocqué School of Business and Economics (UMONS, Mons).

      • March 10, 2016 - Research Seminar

        Funding from the Head or the Heart: An Examination of Globally Crowdfunded Entrepreneurship

        Paper presentation by Maria Figueroa-Armijos (American University - Kogod School of Business, US) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 2.30pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

        Paper co-authored with John P. Berns (University of Missouri - Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business, US), Serge P. da Motta Veiga (American University - Kogod School of Business, US), and Timothy C. Dunne (Middle Tennessee State University - Jennings A. Jones College of Business, US)

      • February 29, 2016 - Research Seminar

        When Commitment Fails- Evidence from a Regular Saver Product in the Philippines

        Paper presentation by Anett John (CREST-ENSAE, FR) at UMONS, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 3.30pm in the Seminar Room Salle des Conseils of the Warocqué School of Business and Economics (UMONS, Mons).

    • January 22, 2016 - Research Seminar

      Microcredit Contracts and Risk Diversification

      Paper presentation by Britta Augsburg (Institute for Fiscal Studies - Center for the Evaluation of Development Policies, UK) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 12.15pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.107 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

      Paper co-authored with Orazio Attanasio (University College London and The Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK) and Ralph DeHaas (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, UK and Tilburg University, NL).

  • January 20, 2016 - Public Thesis Defense

    Social Capital and the Repayment of Microfinance Group Lending

    Luminita Postelnicu will publicly defend her PhD thesis on January 20, 2016, at 3.00pm at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels). The defense will be held in room R42.2.110.

  • January 4, 2016 - Public Thesis Defense

    Micro-entrepreneurs in Rural Burundi: Innovation and Contestation at the Bottom of the Pyramid

    Katarzyna Cieslik will publicly defend her PhD thesis on January 4, 2016, at 4.00pm at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels). The defense will be held in room R42.2.107.

     

    2015

  • May 19, 2015 - Research Seminar

    Are Social Banks Really Different? Evidence from Europe 

    Paper presentation by Simon Cornée (Université de Rennes 1, FR) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 12.15pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

    Paper co-authored with Panu Kalmi (University of Vaasa, FI) and Ariane Szafarz (Université libre de Bruxelles, BE).

    • May 5, 2015 - Research Seminar

      The Importance of Geographic Access for the Impact of Microfinance

    • Paper presentation by Nargiza Alimukhamedova (CERGE-EI / Charles University, CZ) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 4.30pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels). 

      Paper co-authored with Randall K. Filer (CUNY, US / CERGE-EI, CZ) and Jan Hanousek (CERGE-EI / Charles University, CZ).

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  • April 28, 2015 - Research Seminar

    Assessing the Impact of Microfinance: Empowerment through Microfinance

    Paper presentation by Prof. Olaf Weber (University of Waterloo, CA) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 4.15pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

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  • March 16, 2015 - Research Seminar

    Exploring responses to conflicting demands: Theorizing from a study of social entrepreneurs

    Paper presentation by Dr. Helen Haugh (University of Cambridge, UK) at ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 4.15pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

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2014

    • December 2, 2014 - Research Seminar

      Dr. Jonas Helth Lønborg

      Impact of Village Savings and Loans Associations: Evidence from a Cluster Randomized Trial

      Paper presentation by Jonas Helth Lønborg (University of Southern Denmark, DK) at UMONS, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 12.30pm in the Salle des Conseils of the Warocqué School of Business and Economics of the University of Mons (UMONS, Mons).

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  • August 27, 2014 - Public Thesis Defense

    Carolina Laureti

    Product Design in Microfinance

    Carolina Laureti will publicly defend her PhD thesis on August 27, 2014, at 3.00pm at the University of Mons (Place Warocqué 17, 7000 Mons, Belgium). The defense will be held in room 236L (second floor).

     

    • June 5, 2014 - Research Seminar

      Muluneh Hideto Dato

       Board Committees and Performance of Microfinance Institutions: Evidence from Ethiopia

      Paper presentation by Mr. Muluneh Hideto Dato (University of Agder, Norway) at the ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 2.30pm at the Seminar Room R42.2.113 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

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  • May 27, 2014 - Research Seminar

    Samuel Lee

    Financing from Family and Friends

    Paper presentation by Prof. Samuel Lee (New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business, USA) at the ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 12.15pm at the Seminar Room R42.2.113 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

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  • April 24, 2014 - CERMi Research Day

    CERMi's Research Day is organized this year at the University of Mons (UMONS). The Research Day consists of workshops with scientific presentations and discussants. This event is a great opportunity to present and discuss papers, to exchange ideas and keep track of everyone's research projects, and to develop and strengthen relationships between CERMi members. The attendance to this event is strictly limited to CERMi members.

  • March 25, 2014 - Research Seminar

    Davide Forcella

    Green Microfinance and Rural Development

    Paper presentation by Mr. Davide Forcella (Université libre de Bruxelles, BE) at the ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 12.30pm at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

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  • March 11, 2014 - Research Seminar

    Kim Wagenaar

    Institutional Transformation and Mission Drift in Microfinance

    Paper presentation by Mrs. Kim Wagenaar (University of Cambridge, UK) at the ULB, Belgium. This research seminar was held at 4.15pm at the Seminar Room R42.4.118 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

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2013

  • December 9, 2013 - Research Seminar

     "The Impact of Microcredit in Rural Bangladesh: A Fuzzy Regression Discontinuity Design Approach"

    Paper presentation by Prof.Khondker Aktaruzzaman (University of Helsinki and Helsinki Center of Economic Research (HECER), Finland) at the ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 12.15pm at the Seminar Room R42.2.113 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

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    December 4, 2013 - Research Seminar

    Microfinance Non-Financial Services: A Key for Poverty Alleviation? Lessons from Mexico

    Paper presentation by Dr. Olga Biosca (Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health Glasgow,Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom) at the ULB, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 12.15pm at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

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    November 21, 2013 - Research Seminar

    Microfinance, Gender and Health Care in Rural Bangladesh

    Paper presentation by Prof. Syed M. Ahsan (Department of Economics, Concordia University, Canada) at the University of Mons, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 3.00pm at the Salles des Conseils of the Warocqué School of Business and Economics (ground floor, Place Warocqué 17, 7000 Mons, Belgium).

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    October 15, 2013 - Research Seminar

    Prof. Hatice Jenkins

    "The New Paradigm in SME Finance: Evidence from Turkish Banks"

    Paper presentation by Prof. Hatice Jenkins (Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, North Cyprus) at the University of Mons, Belgium. This research seminar will be held at 12.00pm at the Salles des Conseils of the Warocqué School of Business and Economics (ground floor, Place Warocqué 17, 7000 Mons, Belgium).

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    June 10-12, 2013 -International Conference

    3rd European Research Conference on Microfinance

    The upcoming conference is organized by the University of Agder in cooperation with the European Microfinance Platform (www.emf-p.eu), CERMi (www.cermi.eu) and University of Groningen (www.rug.nl/gsg)).

    Picture from the University of Agder's website

  • June 4th, 2013 -CERMi Seminar

    Creating a new legal form: the GmbH

    Paper presentation by Prof. Timothy W. GUINNANE (Yale University, USA) from 12.15 to 13.45pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

    More information in the PDF announcement

  • May 14th, 2013 -CERMi Seminar

    Social Capital and Access to Credit: Evidence from Uganda

    Paper presentation by Prof. Panu KALMI (University of Vasaa, FI) from 1.00 to 2.30pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

    More information in the PDF announcement

    Picture from the Helsinki website

  • April 30th, 2013 -CERMi Seminar

    Modeling Defaults of Microloans: Empirical Evidence from a Latin American Microfinance Institution

    Paper presentation by Prof. Gregor DORFLEITNER (University of Regensburg, Germany, & CERMi Associate Researcher) from 12.15 to 13.45pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

    More information in the PDF announcement

  • April 19th, 2013 -CERMi Seminar

    Tier-1 MFIs' Financial Performances: Cash-Flow Statement Analysis

    Paper presentation by Prof. Mathias SCHMIT (Université libre de Bruxelles, BE) from 12.15 to 13.45pm, at the Seminar Room R42.4.116 (Level 4) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

    More information in the PDF announcement

  • March 18, 2013 -CERMi's 5th Birthday

  • CERMi's 5th Birthday - Two conferences

 

 

 

  • February 27th, 2013 -CERMi Seminar

    The looking-glass self e ffect on the microcredit market: theory and evidence from a French MFI

    Paper presentation by Anastasia COZARENCO (Aix-Marseille University, FR) from 2.30 to 4.00pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

  • February 22nd, 2013 -CERMi Seminar

    Cash or Food Security through the Public Distribution System? Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Delhi, India

    Paper presentation by Prof. Robert LENSINK (University of Groningen, NL) from 12.30 to 2.00pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

  • February 21st, 2013 -PhD Thesis Public Defense - Marion ALLET

    Microfinance and the Environmental Bottom Line

    PhD Thesis public defense by Marion ALLET (Université libre de Bruxelles, BE) at 1.00pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

  • February 12th, 2013 -CERMi Seminar

    Kinship and Consumption: The Effect of Descent on Household Standard of Living

    Paper presentation by Selma TELALAGIC (St John's College, University of Cambridge, UK) from 4.30 to 6.00pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

  • February 7th, 2013 -CERMi Seminar

    Financial Literacy and Debt Literacy Amid the Poor

    Paper presentation by Cherif DIAGNE (Audencia Nantes School of Mamangement, FR) from 4.00 to 5.30pm, at the Salle des Conseils (ground floor) of the Warocqué School of Business and Economics (UMONS, Mons, BE).

    Paper co-authored with Mr. Christophe Villa (Audencia Nantes School of Management, FR)

  • January 15th, 2013 -CERMi-RSAEM Seminar

    Political Influence on Environmental Sanction Charges in Swedish Municipalities

    Paper presentation by Eric SJÖBERG (Stockholm University, SE) from 4.00 to 5.30pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Manangement (ULB, Brussels).

    This seminar is jointly organised by the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi) and by the SBS-EM as part of the Research Seminars in Applied Economics and Management.

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  • January 15th, 2013 -PhD Thesis Pubic Defense - Jessica SCHICKS

    The Over-Indebtedness of Microfinance Customers - An Analysis from the Customer Protection Perspective

    PhD Thesis Defense by Jessica SCHICKS (Université libre de Bruxelles, BE) at 11.00am, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Manangement (ULB, Brussels).

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2012

  • December 4th, 2012 -CERMi Seminar

    Friends, Family, and Fools: co-signers and repayment rates in microcredit. Evidence from Italy

    Paper presentation by Prof. Ludia dalla PELLEGRINA (University of Milano-Bicocca and Centro Baffi, Bocconi University-Milano, IT) from 3.00 to 4.30pm, at the Salle des Conseils (ground floor) of the Warocqué School of Business and Economics (UMONS, Mons).

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  • November 27th, 2012 -CERMi Seminar

    Making Microfinance Boards Effective: An Empirical Analysis

    Paper presentation by Prof. Niels HERMES (University of Groningen, NL) from 12.15 to 1.45pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

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  • November 12th & 13th, 2012 -International Conference

    Microfinance and New Left in Latin America

    IOB, CERMi, CERISE and foroLACFR kindly invite you to the international conference "Microfinance and New Left in Latin America", on Monday and Tuesday, November 12-13, 2012, at the University of Antwerpen, Belgium.

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    • Day 1 - Microfinance and New Left: allies or enemies?
    • Day 2 - Towards a concerted strategy for developmental

    Bi-lingual Conference (Spanish-English) / Conferencia bilingüe (Español-Inglés)

  • November 9th, 2012 -CERMi-Chaire Philippson Seminar

    Social entrepreneurship

    The paper presenters at the research seminar will be Olivier Brolis (UCL), Katarzyna Cieslik (ULB), and Julie Rijpens (ULg).

    It will be held from 2.00 to 6.00 pm in the Seminar Room R42.2.113 (ground floor) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (42 Av. F.D. Roosevelt, 1050 Brussels - Belgium).

    This seminar is organized on the occasion of the Opening Research Day on November 9th, 2012, launching the Interuniversity Attraction Poles (IAP) research program: «If not for Profit, for What? And How? Building interdisciplinary and integrated knowledge on social entrepreneurship and social enterprise», in which CERMi is actively involved.

  • November 6th, 2012 -CERMi Seminar - Prof. Silvia DORADO-BANACLOCHE

    Inhabited institutional entrepreneurship: small groups and the emergence of commercial Microfinance in Bolivia

    Paper presentation by Prof. Silvia DORADO-BANACLOCHE (The University of Rhode Island, US) from 12.15 to 1.45pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

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  • October 16th, 2012 -CERMi Seminar - Prof. Roy MERSLAND

    Barriers to Microfinance Services for Persons with Disabilities: The staff perspective

    Paper presentation by Prof. Roy MERSLAND (University of Agder, Norway, & CERMi Associate Researcher) from 12.30 to 2.00pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

    Paper co-authored with Leif Atle Beisland (University of Agder, Norway).

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  • September 11th, 2012 -CERMi Seminar - Prof. Xavier GINE

    Strategic Default in joint liability groups: Evidence from a natural experiment in India

    Paper presentation by Prof. Xavier GINE (The World Bank, Washington DC, USA) from 12.15 to 1.45pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.107 (ground floor) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

    Paper co-authored with K. Krishnaswamy (Research Associate, The Institute for Financial Management and Research, India) and Dr. A. Ponce (Senior Economist, The World Justice Project, Washington DC, USA).

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  • June 5th, 2012 - CERMi Seminar - Dr. Simon CORNEE

    Social banks' raison d'être in the credit market

    Paper presentation by Dr. Simon CORNEE (Université de Rennes, France) from 12.30 to 2.00pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

    Paper co-authored with Prof. A. Szafarz (Université libre de Bruxelles, CERMi, Belgium).

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  • May 14th, 2012 - Conference - Mrs. Ela BHATT 

    Microfinance and Women's Empowerment

    Exchange of views with Mrs. Ela BHATT (SEWA - Self Employed Women's Association, India) at 2.00pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

     

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  • May 8th, 2012 - CERMi Research Seminar - Prof. Solène MORVANT-ROUX 

    Labor arrangements and financial inclusion of agricultural workers in a dynamic agricultural region in Mexico : exploring the linkages

    Paper presentation by Prof. Solène MORVANT-ROUX (University of Fribourg, Switzerland) from 12.30 to 2.00pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB, Brussels).

  • May 3rd, 2012 - CERMi Research Seminar - Prof. Gianfranco VENTO 

    Financial Innovation, Social Goals and Microfinance: Are Public Policies and Regulation in the EU Countries on the Right Track?

    Paper presentation by Prof. Gianfranco VENTO (Regents College, London, UK) from 4.00pm to 5.30pm, at the Salle des Conseils (ground floor, left-side hallway) of the Warocqué School of Business and Economics (UMONS, Mons).

    View / download the PDF announcement for more details

  • April 30th, 2012 - PhD Thesis Public Defense - Ritha SUKADI MATA 

    Remittances and Microfinance

    For more information, please get in touch with the CEB coordinator, Aurélie Rousseaux: aurousse@ulb.ac.be

  • March 29th, 2012 - CERMi Research Seminar - Prof. Arvind ASHTA 

    Co-creation for Impact Investement in Microfinance

    Paper presentation by Prof. Arvind ASHTA (Burgundy School of Business - CEREN, France, and CERMi Associate Researcher) from 3.30pm to 5.00pm, at the Salle des Conseils (ground floor, left-side hallway) of the Warocqué School of Business and Economics (UMONS, Mons).

    View / download the PDF announcement for more details

  • March 20th, 2012 - CERMi Research Seminar - Prof. Sophie BRANA 

    Microcredit: An Answer to the Gender Problem in Funding?

    Paper presentation by Prof. Sophie BRANA (Bordeaux IV-Montesquieu, France) from 12.30pm to 2.00pm, at Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor, next to the elevators) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM, ULB).

    View / download the PDF announcement for more details

  • March 14th, 2012 - CERMi - BTC Roundtable in Vietnam 

     

  • CERMi and the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) co-organised, on March 14, 2012, a roundtable on

    "The future of microfinance in Vietnam"

    in the presence of HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium.

    During this roundtable, we discussed recent developments in the microfinance sector and the emerging trends of this sector in Vietnam. More specifically, the financial and social performance of the Vietnamese MFIs and the new regulatory framework were addressed.

    The discussion was chaired by Prof. Marek Hudon (ULB, CERMi) and Mr. Pierre Dulieu (BTC) with representatives of the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP), the Vietnam Microfinance Working Group, TYM (leading Vietnamese MFI), the State Bank of Vietnam, and the ILO.

  • March 13th, 2012 - CERMi Research Seminar - Prof. Niels HERMES 

    Making Microfinance Boards Effective: An Empirical Analysis

    Paper presentation by Prof. Niels HERMES (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) from 12.30pm to 1.30pm, at Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor, next to the elevators) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM, ULB).

    View / download the PDF announcement for more details

  • March 7th, 2012 - CERMi Research Day

    CERMi Research Day 2012

    One-day workshop organized for CERMi members only. This year, it is organized at the ULB in Brussels.

2011

    • December 20th, 2011 - CERMi Seminar - Prof. Laurent WEILL 

      Does Competition Influence Bank Failures?

      Paper presentation by Prof. Laurent WEILL (Université de Strasbourg, France) from 12.30pm to 2.00pm, at Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor, next to the elevators) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM, ULB).

    • December 9th, 2011 - CERMi Seminar - Knar KHACHATRYAN 

      Compulsory versus Voluntary Savings as Incentive Mechanism in Microlending Contracts

      Paper presentation by Knar KHACHATRYAN (SKEMA Business School, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, GREDEGCNRS, France) from 3.00pm to 4.30pm, at the Salle des Conseils (ground floor) of the Warocqué School of Business and Economics (FWEG, UMONS).

      For more detailed information, please view/download the PDF announcement:
      http://www.cermi.eu/documents/CERMiSeminar-9December2011-KnarKhachatryan.pdf

    • December 2nd, 2011 - CERMi Seminar - Dr. Malika HAMADI 

      Competition among Microbanks: Financial and Social Trade-offs

      Paper presentation by Dr. Malika HAMADI (Luxembourg School of Finance, Luxemburg) from 3.00pm to 4.30pm, at Seminar Room 204 (second floor) of the Warocqué School of Business and Economics (FWEG, UMONS).

    • November 10th, 2011 - CERMi Seminar - Kristina CZURA 

      Does Flexibility in Microfinance Pay Off? Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Rural India

      Paper presentation by Kristina CZURA (Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Germany) from 12.00 to 1.30pm, at Seminar Room 224 (second floor) of the Warocqué School of Business and Economics (FWEG, UMONS).

      For more detailed information, please view/download the PDF announcement:
      http://www.cermi.eu/documents/CERMiSeminar-KristinaCzura-10November2011.pdf

    • November 9th, 2011 - Ph.D. Thesis Defense - Koen ROSSEL-CAMBIER 

      Combined Microfinance and Socio-Economic Development – Outcomes: Economies of Scope or Combined Vulnerabilities?

      Public Ph.D. Thesis Defense of CERMi researcher Koen ROSSEL-CAMBIER (Université de Mons, Belgium) at 4.30pm, at the Auditoire Hotyat (first floor, right-wing hallway) of the Warocqué School of Business and Economics (FWEG, UMONS).

    • November 8th, 2011 - EMP-CERMi Conference - Victor Chati Perez 

      Cooperativa Los Andes, an example of microfinance intervention in rural Peru

      Presentation by Victor Chati Perez (Manager of the “Cooperativa de Ahorro y Credito LOS ANDES”, in Peru), at 6.00pm in the classroom R42.4.110 (level 4) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Université Libre de Bruxelles - ULB).

      The conference, jointly organized by the European Microfinance Programme (EMP) and the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi), in partnership with the NGO SOS Faim, was held entirely in SPANISH.

      For more detailed information, please view/download the PDF announcement:
      http://www.cermi.eu/documents/EMP-CERMiConferenceinSpanish-VictorChatiPerez-8Nov2011.pdf

    • October 25th, 2011 - CERMi Seminar - Prof. Silvia PRINA 

      Do Simple Savings Accounts Help the Poor to Save? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Nepal

      Paper presentation by Prof. Silvia PRINA (Case Western Reserve University, USA) from 12.30pm to 2.00pm, at Seminar Room R42.2.110 (ground floor, next to the elevators) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM, ULB).

      For more detailed information, please view/download the PDF announcement:
      http://www.cermi.eu/documents/CERMiSeminar-SilviaPrina-25October2011.pdf

    • October 18th, 2011 - CERMi Seminar - Timothée DEMONT 

      Microfinance Mechanisms: Evidence from Observational Panel Data about Self-Help Groups in India

      Paper presentation by Timothée DEMONT (Facultés universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium) from 12.30pm to 2.00pm, at Seminar Room R42.2.103 (ground floor, first on the left) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM, ULB).

      For more detailed information, please view/download the PDF announcement:
      http://www.cermi.eu/documents/CERMiSeminar-TimotheeDemont-18October2011.pdf

    • October 4th, 2011 - EMP-CERMi Conference - Prof. Malcolm HARPER

      What's wrong with microfinance, and what should be done about it?

      Presentation by Prof. Malcolm HARPER (Emeritus Professor of Enterprise Development at Cranfield School of Management, UK) at 6.00pm, in Conference Room R42.4.502 (second floor, front of the building) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM, ULB).

      For more detailed information, please view/download the PDF announcement:
      http://www.cermi.eu/documents/EMP-CERMiConference-MalcolmHarper-4Oct2011.pdf

    • September 24th, 2011 - CEB-CERMi-ECARES Conference

      Matthieu Ricard, author of numerous Buddhist philosophy books and personal friend (and interpreter for the french-speaking world) of the Dalai Lama, will join us on the Saturday 24th of September for a conference entitled “Justice, Altruism and Economy: which direction to take in regards to the Crisis? A dialogue on integration, justice and altruism in the economy and the business world”.

      This conference, co-organised by the three SBS-EM research centers (Centre Emile Bernheim - CEB, Center for European Research in Microfinance - CERMI, European Center for Advanced Research in Economics & Statistics - ECARES) and the non-lucrative organisation Emergences will see the world-renowned author exchange views with:

      • VIP’s from the business world

      Christian Jourquin - CEO Solvay SA

      • and high-level European economists

      Pr. Philippe Weil - Président de l’Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economique

      Bruno Roche - Special Advisor for the French presidency of the G20 on questions of social justice and globalisation & Chief economist at Mars Inc.

      Pr. François Maniquet – Center for Operations Research & Econometrics

      PRACTICAL INFO

      When: Saturday 24th of September 2011 from 08.30 am to 01.00 pm

      Where: Solvay Brussels School new building – 42, Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1050 Brussels

      Registration Fee: 200 € - All profits will be used to support projects greenlighted by the NGO Emergences.

      This price includes a welcome breakfast, the participation to the debate and a closing networking drink.

      More Info on :

      http://www.solvay.edu/news/post/solvay-brussels-school-welcomes-matthieu-ricard-interpreter-dalai-lama

    • September 12-16th, 2011 - J-PAL Training 

      The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL, MIT) organized a Summer Course on Impact Evaluation at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM, ULB).

      J-PAL

      For more information, please visit: http://www.povertyactionlab.org/course

    • June 23rd, 2011 - CERMi-RSAEM Seminar - Dr. Supriya GARIKIPATI 

      Microcredit and Women’s Empowerment: Understanding Paradoxical Outcomes Through the Lens of Time Use Data

      Paper presentation by Dr. Supriya Garikipati (University of Liverpool, UK) from 12.15pm to 1.45pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB).

      This seminar was jointly organized by the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi) and the Research Seminars in Applied Economics and Management (RSAEM).

      Abstract: This paper examines the impact credit (targeted at women) has on male and female time use and uses this analysis to explore the linkages between microfinance and female empowerment. The argument is that time use is an important variable to study these linkages because if credit is expected to impact on livelihoods, then almost the first thing to shift will be the way an individual allocates his or her work time. Time use also captures both short term and long term changes and hence does not suffer from the time lag that some other impact variables do. Other than this, the additional advantage is that it is objectively measurable. Despite these advantages the microfinance evaluation literature has ignored time use. In addressing this gap, this paper makes an important contribution.

    • June 20th, 2011 - CEB Brown Bag Seminar - Prof. Marek HUDON 

      Efficiency of Microfinance: Do Subsidies Matter?

      Paper presentation by Prof. Marek Hudon (Université Libre de Bruxelles, CERMi) from 12.15pm to 1.45pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB).

      Please check http://www.solvay.edu/brown-bag-seminars

    • May 12th, 2011 - CEB Brown Bag Seminar - Jessica SCHICKS 

      The Over-indebtedness of Microfinance Customers: Empirical Evidence from Ghana

      Paper presentation by Jessica Schicks (Université Libre de Bruxelles, CERMi) from 12.15pm to 1.45pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB).

      Please check http://www.solvay.edu/brown-bag-seminars

    • May 6th, 2011 - CERMi Research Seminar - Ludovic URGEGHE

      Social Performance of the MIVs: What Are the Lessons Learned from the SRI Experience?

      Paper presentation by Ludovic Urgeghe (Université de Mons, CERMi) from 4.00pm to 5.30pm, at the Salle des Conseils of the Faculté Warocqué d'Economie et de Gestion (UMONS).

      For more infomation on the seminar, please check the PDF Announcement

    • May 5th, 2011 - CERMi Research Seminar - Dr. Emmanuelle DESMEDT

      Subjectivities that matter. Harding’s standpoint theory explaining the gaps between female micro-borrowers’ experiences of self-employment and micro-finance employees’ perceptions of microfinance.

      Paper presentation by Dr. Emmanuelle Desmedt (The University of York, UK, and CERMi visiting fellow) from 2.15 to 3.45 pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.103 of the new Solvay Building (42, Av. F.D. Roosevelt - 1050 Brussels).

      For more infomation on the seminar, please check the PDF Announcement

    • April 8th, 2011 - CERMi Research Seminar - Ritha SUKADI MATA 

      Analysis of Liquidity Risk in Microfinance: Comparing Migrants’ Deposits with Local Deposits in Mali

      Paper presentation by Ritha Sukadi Mata (Université Libre de Bruxelles, CERMi) from 4.00pm to 5.30pm, at the Salle des Conseils of the Faculté Warocqué d'Economie et de Gestion (UMONS).

      For more infomation on the seminar, please check the PDF Announcement

    • March 31st, 2011 - CEB Brown Bag Seminar - Ritha SUKADI MATA 

      Liquidity Risk Analysis in Microfinance: Comparing Migrants’ Deposits with Local Deposits in Mali

    • Paper presentation by Ritha Sukadi Mata (Université Libre de Bruxelles, CERMi) from 12.15pm to 1.45pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB).

      Please check http://www.solvay.edu/brown-bag-seminars

    • March 23rd, 2011 - CERMi Publishing Seminar - Prof. Gary WEAVER 

      CERMi Publishing Seminar by Prof. Gary Weaver (University of Delaware, USA - Editor in Chief of Business Ethics Quarterly) from 12.30pm to 2.00pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB).

      This seminar is organized as part of the new Publishing Seminars in Management organized at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

      For more infomation on the seminar, please check the PDF Announcement

    • March 23rd, 2011 - CERMi Research Seminar 

      Ethics and Microfinance

      Paper presentations by Prof. Marek Hudon (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Co-Director of CERMi), Dr. Joakim Sandberg (University of Gothenburg, Sweden - CERMi Associate Researcher), and Jessica Schicks (CERMi PhD Student) from 2.00pm to 5.00pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB).

      This seminar followed the publishing seminar with Prof. Gary Weaver (see here above).

      For more infomation on the seminar, please check the PDF Announcement

    • March 11th, 2011 - CERMi Research Seminar - Dr. Simon CORNEE 

      Long-Term Relationships, Reciprocity and Hold Up in Microfinance: Experimental Evidence

      Paper presentation by Dr. Simon Cornee (CREM CNRS / IAE IGR Université de Rennes 1) from 4.00pm to 6.00pm, at the Salle des Conseils of the Warocqué School of Business and Economics (UMONS).

    • March 2nd, 2011 - CERMi Research Seminar - Prof. Hubert TCHAKOUTÉ

      Les déterminants de la structure financière des institutions de microfinance

      Paper presentation by Prof. Hubert Tchakouté (BEM - Bordeaux Management School) from 4.00pm to 6.00pm, at the Salle des Conseils of the Warocqué School of Business and Economics (UMONS).

    • February 25th, 2011 - PhD Thesis Public Defense - Annabel VANROOSE 

      The Uneven Development of the Microfinance Sector

      PhD Thesis Public Defense by Annabel Vanroose (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) on Friday 25th of February at 6.00pm at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Elsene) in building D room D2.01 (promotiezaal VUB). The defense will be followed by a reception at which you are all very welcome.

    • February 25th, 2011 - CERMi Research Seminar - Prof. B. GUTIÉRREZ NIETO 

      A Decision Support System for Financial and Social Investment

      Paper presentation by Prof. Begoña Gutiérrez Nieto (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain, & CERMi Associate Researcher) from 12.00 to 2.00pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB).

    • February 23rd, 2011 - Public Seminar - Annabel VANROOSE 

      The Uneven Development of the Microfinance Sector

      Paper presentation by Annabel Vanroose (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) from 4.00pm to 5.30pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB).

      Public Seminar organized at the occasion of Annabel Vanroose's PhD public defense (on Feb. 25th, 2011), in the framework of a co-supervision convention between the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Vruje Universiteit Brussel.

    • February 21st, 2011 - EMP-CERMi Conference - Prof. Jonathan MORDUCH 

      Social Investment and Microfinance

      The true role of philanthropy in the rise of microfinance, and an investigation of microfinance through the lens of corporate finance.

      Conference by Prof. Jonathan Morduch (New York University) from 6.00pm to 8.30pm, at the Conference Room of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB).

      This conference was jointly organized by the European Microfinance Programme (EMP) and the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi).

      Please view the announcement with all the details in PDF.

    • February 21st, 2011 - Campus Plein Sud - Open Course

      Microfinance and Environment

      Course by Prof. Marek Hudon (Université Libre de Bruxelles) from 10.00am to 12.00, at the Seminar Room R42.4.110 of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB).

      Event co-organised by SEDIF and CERMi

      Please view Campus Plein Sud's full programme in PDF.

    • February 15th, 2011 - CERMi Research Seminar - Prof. Isabelle GUÉRIN 

      Sources of Women Empowerment in India: Does Borrowing Matter?

      Paper presentation by Prof. Isabelle Guérin (UMR 201 Développement et sociétés - Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne - IRD) from 12.00pm to 1.30pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, ULB).

      Please view the announcement with all the details in PDF.

    • February 8th, 2011 - CERMi Research Seminar - Prof. Roy MERSLAND 

      The Effect of Religion on Development Efforts: Evidence from the Microfinance Industry

      Paper presentation by Prof. Roy Mersland (University of Agder) from 12.15pm to 1.45pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, ULB).

      Please view the announcement with all the details in PDF.

    • January 31st, 2011 - CERMi Research Seminar - Gwendoline DEBÉTHUNE

      Quelle place la République Populaire de Chine accorde-t-elle à l'industrie de la microfinance? Le microcrédit comme outil de lutte contre les inégalités: une interprétation chinoise

      Paper presentation by Gwendoline Debéthune (EHESS, Paris) from 4pm to 6pm, at the Salle des Conseils (Faculté Warocqué d'Economie et Gestion, UMONS).

      Please view the announcement with all the details in PDF.

    • January 26th, 2011 - CERMi Research Seminar - Prof. Niels HERMES

      Competition and the Performance of Microfinance Institutions

    • Paper presentation by Prof. Niels Hermes (University of Groningen) from 2pm to 4pm, at the Seminar Room R42.2.110 (Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, ULB).

      Please view the announcement with all the details in PDF. 

2010

    • December 9th and 10th, 2010 - Oxford-CERMi Workshop 

      Informal and Formal Financing of Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation

      This workshop took place on the 9th and 10th of December, at the University of Oxford (Wolfson College).

      The objective was to explore the formal and informal financing of ecosystem services for poverty alleviation and to address such questions as:

      • the definition of stocks, flows, and economic values of ecosystem services for poverty alleviation;
      • formal and informal financing of agricultural commodity chains;
      • the finance of changes in land cover, land use and, biotic systems;
      • microinsurance services for economic shocks and stresses related to climate change;
      • financing the range of biomass and forest ecosystem services such as food, energy and building materials in the context of sustainable growth.

      This workshop attended to these questions by bringing together young and senior researchers who already have a considerable field work experience on these themes. From an expanded concept of ecosystem services, the purpose was to develop a research project on the materiality and energetics of the informal economy.

      This workshop was coorganized by the University of Oxford, IRD, and CERMi.

    • November 3rd and 4th, 2010 - Conference

      Fifth meeting of the AHRC Microfinance Research Network

      This conference was held on the 4th November 2010 in the University of Birmingham Conference Centre. This event was jointly organized with the CERMi.

      The two themes were: women and microfinance and donors and microfinance.

      The speakers were Patrice North, Inez Murray, Ahmad Nawaz, Bruno Miljib, and Bernd Balkenhol.

      On the 3rd November in the afternoon (2-5.30 pm), discussions were held about possible funded research projects involving Network members, and a paper was given by Roy Mersland (University of Agder, Norway). This event was held at Staff House, University of Birmingham.

      More information on:
      http://www.globalethics.bham.ac.uk/projects/Microfinance.shtml

    • October 19th, 2010 - CERMi Research Day

      CERMi organized its annual Research Day at the Université de Mons (UMONS) at the occasion of Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Prof. Muhammad YUNUS's conference in Mons on October 18th.

      This day of fruitful exchanges included presentations by: Isabelle AGIER, Arvind ASHTA, Ranjula BALI SWAIN, Bert d'ESPALLIER, Valentina HARTARSKA, Marek HUDON, Anaïs PÉRILLEUX, Trond RANDØY, Ritha SUKADI MATA, and Ariane SZAFARZ.

      CERMi wishes to thank the Académie universitaire Wallonie-Bruxelles and the FNRS for their support in organizing this event.

      View the full programme (PDF)

    • September 23rd, 2010 - EMN-CERMi Seminar

      Microfinance in Europe

      Presentation by Marcella Corsi and Daniel Sorrosal, from 3.00 to 5.00pm at Centre Emile Bernheim, 21 Av. F.D. Roosevelt, 1050 Brussels.

      The European Microfinance Network (EMN) and CERMi, invited researchers, students, and policy-makers to attend a presentation of the current status of Microfinance in Europe, and to discuss its social performance implications. Empirical evidence were based on the 2008/9 EMN survey coordinated by Fundación Nantik Lum - as Coordinator of the EMN Research Working Group – covering 170 microfinance Institutions operating in 27 European countries*.

      Moderator: Prof. Ariane Szafarz (co-director of CERMi, CEB, SBS-EM, ULB)

      *Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

    • July 30th, 2010 - CERMi Research Seminar - Ahmad NAWAZ 

      Efficiency of Microfinance Institutions: Do Subsidies Matter?

      Paper presentation by Ahmad NAWAZ (Pakistan Institute of Development Economics), from 12.00 to 2.00pm, at the Seminar Room of the Centre Emile Bernheim, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

    • May 11th, 2010 - CERMi Research Seminar - Koen ROSSEL-CAMBIER

      Combined Micro-finance Schemes: Contribution to organisa-tional performance and socio-economic development

      Paper presentation by Koen ROSSEL-CAMBIER (Université de Mons, CERMi), from 2.00 to 4.00pm, at the Salle des Conseils of the Warocqué School of Business and Economics, Université de Mons (UMONS).

      See the announcement for more details 

    • April 30th, 2010 - CERMi Research Seminar - Solène MORVANT-ROUX 

      Déterminants de la demande de microcrédit : aspects théoriques et évidence empirique

      Paper presentation by Dr. Solène Morvant-Roux (CERMi Associate Researcher, IRD, France), from 3.00 to 5.00pm, at the Salle des Conseils of the Warocqué School of Business and Economics, Université de Mons.

      See the announcement for more details 

    • March 23rd, 2010 - CERMi Research Seminar - Marwa NYANKOMO

      Agricultural Industrialization and Income Distribution in Developing Countries

      Paper presentation by Marwa NYANKOMO (Nebraska University, USA), organized at the Université Libre de Bruxelles

      See the notice for more détails 

    • March 18th, 2010 - CEREN-CERMi Seminar

      This exchange day on microfinance took take place at the ESC Dijon (29 Rue Sambin - 21000 Dijon - France) from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

    • March 16th, 2010 - EMP-CERMi Conference - Mrs. Kinga GÖNCZ 

      The microfinance facility programme from the aspect of the European Parliament

      Presentation by Mrs. Kinga GÖNCZ (European Parliament) at 6.30pm in the Seminar Room of 21, Av. F.D. Roosevelt, 1050 Brussels.

    • March 11th, 2010 - Brown Bag Seminar - Anaïs PÉRILLEUX 

      Maturity Mismatch and Governance of Microfinance Cooperatives: Lessons from History

      Paper presentation by Anaïs PÉRILLEUX (Université de Mons, CERMi, Belgium), from 12.15 to 1.45pm in the Seminar Room at 21, Av. F.D. Roosevelt, 1050 Brussels.

    • February 25th, 2010 - RSAEM Seminar - Prof. Gregor DORFLEITNER 

      Perspectives and a Quantitative Model for Structured Microfinance

      Paper presentation by Prof. Dr. Gregor DORFLEITNER (University of Regensburg, DE)

      See the notice for more details 

    • February 24th, 2010 - Campus Plein Sud - Conference

      La microfinance au service des femmes

      Speaker: Mrs. Rosina VALVERDE DELGADO (Peru), Director of the NGO MIDE (Microcredit for Development)

      Conference organised by Prof. Marc Labie and Anaïs Périlleux, at the Hotyat Lecture Room of the Université de Mons (17 Place Warocqué, 7000 Mons) from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

      http://www.campuspleinsud.org

    • February 23rd, 2010 - CERMi Research Seminar - Prof. Gregor DORFLEITNER

      Theory of Social Returns in Portfolio Choice with Application to Microfinance

      Paper presentation by Prof. Dr. Gregor DORFLEITNER (University of Regensburg, DE).

      See the notice for more details 

    • February 22nd, 2010 - Campus Plein Sud - Conference

      Alternatives économiques et financières à la crise

      Speakers : Prof. Marek Hudon (ULB, SBS-EM / CERMi, Belgium), Prof. Bernard Lietaer (Berkeley University, USA), Dr. Maxime Quijoux (Institut des Hautes Etudes de l’Amérique Latine, France).

      Moderator : Prof. Philip Verwimp (ULB / University of Antwerp, Belgium).

      From 12.00 to 2.00pm - Location: Seminar Room of Centre Emile Bernheim (Avenue F.D. Roosevelt 21 - 1050 Brussels)

      http://www.campuspleinsud.org/

    • February 11th, 2010 - CERMi Research Seminar - I. AGIER & A. SZAFARZ 

      Gender-Discrimination in Microfinance: Why Do Skilled Women Get Smaller Loans?

      Paper presentation by Isabelle Agier (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Visiting Researcher at CERMi) and Prof. Ariane Szafarz (Université Libre de Bruxelles, CERMi).

      See the notice for more details 

    • January 14th & 15th, 2010 - Workshop 

      Microfinance’s Contribution to Development Studies: What Interdisciplinary Approaches Add to Microfinance Understanding?

      Co-organized by the University of Oxford and CERMi, this workshop took place in Brussels.

    • January 7th, 2010 - CERMi Research Seminar - Isabelle AGIER 

      The Role of Credit Officers in the Performance of Microcredit Loans: Evidence from Vivacred in Brazil

      Paper presentation by Isabelle AGIER (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Department of Economics).

      See the notice for details - PDF

2009

    • November 27th, 2009 - CERMi Research Day 

      The CERMi Research Day is an opportunity to exchange ideas and see the progression of the research activities of CERMi members (permanent and associate researchers). This year, it will take place at the Faculté Warocqué of the University of Mons from 10.30am to 17.30pm, and it will consists of workshops with scientific presentations and discussants.

    • November 10th, 2009 - CERMi Research Seminar - Prof. Niels HERMES 

      The Performance of MFIs : Do Macro Conditions Matter?

      Paper presentation by Prof. Niels Hermes (Groningen University, NL), in Brussels.

    • October 27th, 2009 - CERMi Research Seminar - Hubert TCHAKOUTE TCHUIGOUA 

      Les déterminants du risque opérationnel dans les institutions de microfinance : Une approche organisationnelle et exploratoire

      Paper presentation by Hubert Tchakouté Tchuigoua, in Brussels.

    • October 16th, 2009 - Public Ph.D. Thesis Defense - Cyril FOUILLET 

      Mr. Cyril FOUILLET successfully defended, as the first CERMi PhD student, his thesis "La construction spatiale de la microfinance en Inde".

      The CERMi team sincerely congratulates him!

    • June 2nd- 4th, 2009 - First European Research Conference on Microfinance 

      The First European Research Conference on Microfinance, co-organized by CERMi and the European Microfinance Platform, took place in Brussels from 2-4 June 2009. Click here to see the pictures.

    • March 31st, 2009 - CERMi Research Seminar - Isabelle GUÉRIN

      Paper presentation by Isabelle Guérin (Institut Français de Développement et Insitut Français de Pondichéry).

    • March 20th, 2009 - CERMi Research Seminar - Florent BEDECARRATS 

      Microfinance between social utility and financial performance

      Paper presentation by Florent Bedecarrats (GRET/CERISE-Université I).

    • March 17th, 2009 - CERMi Research Seminar - Johan BASTIAENSEN 

      Is there space for rural development in the microfinance industry? The case of the Fondo de Desarollo Local en Nicaragua

      Paper presentation by Prof. Johan Bastiaensen (Universiteit Antwerp)

    • March 5th, 2009 - CERMi Research Seminar - A. POISSONNIER 

      Babyloan - micro credits, great stories

      Paper presentation by A.Poissonnier (Babyloan) in Brussels.

    • March 2nd, 2009 - CERMi Research Seminar - RIDOLFI & WAIGALO 

      Comment comprendre la crise alimentaire?

      Paper presentation by R.Ridolfi (European Commission) and A.Waigalo (Centres Faranfaso So, Mali)

2008

      • 11/12/2008 - Research Seminar RSAEM and CERMi - Roy Mersland

        In the occasion of a Research Seminar organized jointly by the RSAEM and CERMI, Roy Mersland made an intervention. Roy Mersland is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Adger, Norway. His main areas of interest are Micro-entrepreneurship, Microfinance, Microfinance in conflict areas, Self -help microfinance systems (SHGs, ROSCAs, ASCA etc.), Rural Finance, Corporate Governance. He has publications in major journals such as World Development and Journal of International Development also has extensive management and consulting international experience in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.

      • 08/12/2008 - Conference with Jonathan Morduch

        The CERMi organised a conference with Jonathan Morduch, professor at New York University (NYU) and co-author with Beatriz Armendariz of the well-known book "The Microfinance Promise". He is also the author of numerous articles that have had a tremendous impact in research in Microfinance. With the purpose to honor his contributions in the field of microfinance, Jonathan Murdoch was awarded the ULB Honoris Causa distinction on December 9th, 2008.

      • 04/11/2008 - Scientific Cooperation Agreement

        A Scientific Cooperation Agreement will be signed between the CERMi and the Indian Institute of Management of Ahmedabad in the field of Microfinance. The main purpose of this agreement is to facilitate exchanges of professors, scientists and technical staff for short and medium periods of time and to encourage joint research activities, organisation of conferences, seminars and symposiums. This agreement will be officially signed in New Delhi, India, during the first week of November 2008. This event will be honored with the presence of His Majesty Albert II, King of the Belgians. Professor Marek Hudon will participate to this event as CERMi representative.
      • 08/10/2008 - Opening Ceremony

        Syed Hashemi
        will be presenting a conference during the opening ceremony of the European Microfinance Programme. Syed Hashemi holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Riverside, and is currently Senior Microfinance Specialist at the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP, the major public and private funding institutions consortium).
      • 01/10/2008 - CERMi research seminars

        In the framework of the CERMi research seminars (lunch time conferences), CERMi will host Robert Lensink. Professor in Finance and Financial Markets at the Faculty of Economics, University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and Professor of Development Economics at the University of Wageningen (The Netherlands). He is a research associate of CERMi and teaches a course on banking in microfinance in the European Microfinance Programme (EMP). His main fields of interest are Development Finance, Development Economics, Corporate Finance and International Finance. He has published several books and more than sixty articles in international journals.

        Paper presented by Professor R. Lensink - see also powerpoint presentation
      • International conference

        Date: Friday 16th May 2008
        Venue: 21 av. Roosevelt, 1050 Brussels
        Title: Gender mainstreaming in Microfinance: Current debates and innovation

           Papers presented during the conference:

Paper presented by Professor B. Armendariz

Paper presented by Professor A. Szafarz and Professor P-G. Méon

Labour market discrimination as an agency cost

Paper presented by professor I. Guérin

Group Lending in South-India. A Gender Perspective

 

      • 07/04/2008 - "CERMi Seminars in Microfinance " :

        Prof. Begona Gutierrez Nieto
        is a member of the Accounting and Finance Department (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain). She holds a Ph.D. in Economical and managerial sciences. Her areas of research are: microcredit in Spain, and financial and accounting analysis of microfinance institutions.

        Prof. Cecilio Mar Molinero is the Director of MSc in Management Science and MSc in Management Science with Computing of the Kent Business School (UK). He has recently worked in efficiency analysis, and has developed models for input/output selection. These models have been applied to bank branches and microfinance institutions, and to the assessment of insurance risk.


        Title: A DEA approach to MFI efficiency - See also Powerpoint Presentation
         
      • 13/03/2008 - "CERMi Seminars in Microfinance " :

        Prof. Isabelle Guérin
        is a member of the “Institut de Recherche pour le Développement” (Université de Provence, France) and an associate researcher at the Centre Walras (“Institut des Sciences de l’Homme”, Lyon, France).  Her research areas are financial exclusion, entrepreneurship in microfinance, social justice, and gender inequalities.
         

 

      • 05/03/2008 - "CERMi Seminars in Microfinance " :

        Prof. Cécile Lapenu
        holds a PhD in agricultural economics from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Montpellier and was a Post-doctoral fellow at IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC, USA). She is currently the General Secretary of the “Comité d’Echange, de Reflexion et d’Information sur les Systèmes d’Epargne-crédit” network (CERISE, France). She is currently a visiting professor in the European Master in Microfinance (Académie-Wallonie-Bruxelles, Belgium).

 

      • 17/03/2008 - "CERMi Seminars in Microfinance " :

        Mr Fouad Abdelmoumni
        founded the Association Al Amana and is up till today the General Manager of this MFI. Between 2003 and 2005, he exercised the post of Chairman of the board of Sanabel, a network of MFI’s in the Arabic countries. Since this year 2008, M. Abdelmoumni has become member of the Executive Committee of CGAP. M. Abdelmoumni is also very active in the domain of civil society. He was and often still is member of, among others, AfriMAP (African Governance, Monitoring and Advocacy) and AMDH (Moroccan Human Rights Association), and founded TrustAfrica (a foundation for peace, economical prosperity and social justice) and Espace Associatif, an NGO for the advancement of civil society and democracy.

        Title: Challenges in the development of the microfinance sector in the Middle-East and the Mediterranean countries - Click here to see the invitation

      • 21/02/2008 - "CERMi Seminars in Microfinance " :

        Prof. James Copestake
        is a member of the Centre for Development Studies (University of Bath, UK). He teaches development economics and is Director of Studies for postgraduate research students in international development. He carries out his own research in the fields of agrarian change, microfinance, poverty, social protection and aid management, mainly in India, Zambia, Malawi, Bolivia and Peru.

        Title: Microfinance, mental models and wellbeing - Click here for abstract

      • 12/02/2008 - "CERMi Seminars in Microfinance " :

        Mr. Paolo Casini
        is a PhD student working under the supervision of Prof. Georg Kirchsteiger at ECARES (ULB). He holds a degree in Economics from the Università “G.d’Annunzio”, Pescara, and an MA in Economics and Statistics from Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). His research interests are Microfinance, Microeconomics and Industrial Organization.
         
        Title: Competition and Altruism in Microcredit Market

2007

      • 18/12/2007 - "CERMi Seminars in Microfinance " :

        Speaker : Anaïs Hamelin

        Title : "Les limites de l’utilisation du micro crédit dans la lutte contre la pauvreté : le cas du travail des enfants" 

        Participants : Sylvie Fanta, Marek Hudon, Jean Chirac Kindu Mundeke Mushagaluk, Marc Labie, Miriam Lemmens, Pierre-Guillaume Méon, Anaïs Périlleux, Kyoko Sakuma, Mathias Schmit, Ariane Szafarz,  Ritha Sukadi, Diana Vasquez.

      • 14/12/2007 - Symposium : "Journée franco-belge de la Microfinance" in Lyon (France)

        Project Tournesol

        Speakers : Célestin Mayoukou (CARE, Université de Rouen) ; Jean-Michel Servet (IUED, Université de Genève) ; Dorothée Masquita (Université de Rouen)

        ULB speakers  : Anaïs Périlleux; Laurent Gheeraert ; Ritha Sukadi ; Marek Hudon

        Click here to find the program of the symposium

      • 30/11/2007 - "CERMi Seminars in Microfinance" :

        Speaker : Mankash Sriram

        Title: "Financial Flows of the Rural Poor: A study in Dungarpur District, India"

        Participants : Sylvie Fanta, Marek Hudon, Anaïs Périlleux, Ariane Szafarz,  Ritha Sukadi, Diana Vasquez.

      • 26-27-28/11/2007 : "Microfinance Week in Luxembourg"

        Participants from CERMi : Marek Hudon, Marc Labie, Anaïs Périlleux, Ritha Sukadi, Sylvie Fanta, Ludovic Urghege, Ephrem Niyongabo.

      • 01/11/2007 : "Colloque : La microfinance au Maroc"

        Study days on microfinance in Morocco. The colloquium was be held in Casablanca in partnership with Hassan II Aïn Chock University of Casablanca. The objective of the study day is the presentation of the last projects of researchers in microfinance of both institutions and also the setup of a new partnership for future collaborations between both universities.

        Click here to find the program of the colloquium

        In the framework of the Van Buuren project

        Speakers from CERMi : Anaïs Périlleux, Ritha Sukadi, Annabel Vanroose, Diana Vasquez

        Participants from CERMi : Sylvie Fanta, Marek Hudon, Marc Labie, Miriam Lemmens, Gabriele Merli,  Pierre-Guillaume Méon, Aurélie Rousseaux, Ariane Szafarz,  Daniel Traça, Ludovic Urgeghe.

      • 26/10/2007 : "Colloque : Journée franco-belge de la Microfinance"

        Project Tournesol

        Speakers from Lyon : Eddy Bloy, Cyril Fouillet, Jean-Marc Servet

        Speakers from ULB : Sylvie Fanta, Marek Hudon, Marc Labie

        Participants : Céline Cops, Nicolas Görtz, Joël Ludvigsen, Hisham Majbar, Ephrem Niyongabo, Anaïs Périlleux, Jonathan Prado, Grégory Rayee, Ariane Szafarz,  Ritha Sukadi, Daniel Traça, Ludovic Urgeghe, Annabel Vanroose, Diana Vasquez, Laurent Weill.

      • 10/10/2007 :

        Launch of the European Research Centre in Microfinance. Debate- conference by Professor Beatriz Armendariz Harvard University.

        Click here to download a resume of this ceremony.
      • 09/10/2007 - "CERMi Seminars in Microfinance" :

        Speaker: Annabel Vanroose

        Title: "The uneven development of the microfinance sector"

        Participants : Sylvie Fanta, Marek Hudon, Marc Labie, Anaïs Périlleux, Ariane Szafarz, Ritha Sukadi, Diana Vasquez.

      • 02/10/2007 - "CERMi Seminars in Microfinance" :

        Presentation of the CERMi to Béatriz Armendariz

        Participants: Sylvie Fanta, Marek Hudon, Miriam Lemmens, Gabriele Merli, Anaïs Périlleux, Ariane Szafarz,  Ritha Sukadi, Annabel Vanroose, Diana Vasquez.