Chartered Development Finance Analyst

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A Chartered Development Finance Analyst (CDFA) is a specialist in development finance theory and practice that has been professionally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Development Finance; the professional association which engages with academic institutions, development finance institutions, and support agencies to support and maintain ethical conduct and professionalism in the development finance discipline globally.[1] It is claimed to be the highest professional qualification for development finance practitioners.[2]


Charterholder status is internationally recognised and those awarded with the designation are permitted to use the post-nominal title "CDFA" i.e. it may be displayed after their name e.g. John Smith, CDFA.[3] The CDFA accreditation testifies that the charterholder has advanced knowledge of development finance which has been applied competently and ethically in research, training, and practice.

Academic stakeholders[edit]

The academic institutions currently partnered with the Chartered Institute of Development Finance include: SOAS, University of London; University of Sussex; University of Manchester; University of Reading; University of Surrey; Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University; University of Cape Town;[4] University of Stellenbosch; KCA University; Putra Business School; Aston Business School; and Strathmore University.[5]

Discipline and expertise[edit]

As a professional discipline, development finance is widely practiced today by local and central governments, development finance institutions, international development institutions, NGOs, and commercial banks and other private sector institutions. There is currently a shortage of development finance specialists in Africa; where expertise are arguably most-needed.[6]

Chartered development finance analysts are expected to have an advanced understanding of: micro-finance; development economics; project finance; econometrics; public sector financing; research methodology; project management, monitoring & evaluation; risk management; international finance and financial architecture.[7][8]

Noteworthy charterholders[edit]

  • Mr Akinseye Olowu, CDFA
  • Ms Leonara Lupido, CDFA
  • Mr Xolisa Dhlamini, CDFA
  • Mr Godwin Olusiji Aina, CDFA[9]

The Chartered Institute of Development Finance (CIDEF) website maintains a registry of accredited specialists.[10]

See also[edit]

  • Development Finance Institution
  • Chartered Financial Analyst


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