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Certified expert in Development Finance

Frankfurt School, in collaboration with Don Bosco School of Management (DBSOM), will offer Certified Expert in Development Finance (CEDevFin) starting November 2019. This blended e-learning programme will equip future students (leaders) with necessary skills, knowledge and competencies in finance.

Don Bosco will conduct the programme in its Bangalore campus with the online support of Frankfurt School Development Finance e-Campus (FSDF e-Campus).


This blended certificate programme has been developed and implemented as a joint initiative between Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and the Don Bosco School of Management. You will benefit from a world class education experience from a top-ranked business school, combined with the expertise from India's leading school of management.

Course contributes to UN SDGs

This course will enhance your knowledge in the following SDGs. The SWA offers professional and executive courses dedicated to the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



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FS-DBSOM Collaboration

The Certified Expert in Development Finance blended learning course is a joint collaboration of Don Bosco School of Management and Frankfurt School.

Don Bosco School of Management

Don Bosco School of Management (DBSOM),is a pioneer in the field of management education across diverse professional domains. The Institution offers various postgraduate programmes to its students in association with some of the reputed universities across the world. Within a short span, DBSOM has created a niche for itself as one of the top institutions for International management and technical education.

The B-school is situated close to the heart of Bangalore City, the Silicon Valley of India, and offers great connectivity. DBSOM is a self-financed educational institution having its own state of the art infrastructure with all the modern amenities including a campus-wide wi-fi facility and even smart boards which the students can use to access high-quality study materials such as e­ books, journals, and other online resources and use during their presentations.

Students at DBSOM leverage various educational resources to become better professionals. DBSOM focused on imparting an future ready industry-oriented curriculum and is committed towards the pursuit of excellence in management and technical knowledge and upgrading the students with the advanced skillsets required for the dynamic business environments across business domains.

DBSOM has also been bestowed with the award of the most promising management B-School by an International Organization.


Semester 1

Development Finance & Growth

Development Finance & Growth

This module provides the conceptual basis for the Master of Leadership in Development Finance. Development Finance & Growth offers a detailed assessment of the key factors driving (and hindering) financial sector development. Through the lens of different macroeconomic schools of thought, students assess the relevance of (inclusive) financial sector development for economic prosperity and growth.

Accounting & Leadership

Accounting & Leadership

= Certified Expert in Financial & Managerial Accounting

Every leader needs to know how to correctly interpret, assess and deduce strategic impulses from financial statements. The module in Accounting & Leadership offers, in a nutshell, the essentials of bookkeeping, budgeting and (bank-) controlling. Students are also introduced to behavioural accounting, a concept that builds heavily on latest research findings, which is highly useful for explaining how financial statements are presented and composed both in banks and businesses.

Certified Expert in Microfinance


= Certified Expert of Microfinance

This module gives a detailed introduction into the topic of microfinance. It not only presents international trends and best practices with respect to microcredits, microsavings and microinsurance, but also dwells into the challenges and complexity of managing a microfinance institution. Most MFIs operate in an increasingly competitive environment that is quickly changing (e.g. through mobile banking), where both social and financial performance need to be closely monitored and influence management decisions. Students will thus learn how to cope with the specific challenges that microfinance institutions face today.

Semester 2

Risk Management for Managers

Risk Management for Managers

Risk management is about coping with the challenges of growth, complexity and competition in a sustainable manner. This module provides a comprehensive overview about the risks which financial institutions face (including credit, market, liquidity and operational risk) with a special emphasis on the particular requirements of emerging and developing markets. It provides students with tools to measure risks and devise appropriate risk-taking and mitigation strategies that give financial institutions the competitive edge in delivering inclusive financial services in a rapidly evolving environment.

Certified Expert in SME Finance

SME Finance

= Certified Expert in SME Finance

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are important engines of growth, jobs and social cohesion. However, the creation, survival and growth of SMEs are often hampered by access to finance. Thus, access to SME finance has become a key priority in developing and transition countries. In this course students will therefore learn how to manage SME Finance as an independent product line/customer segment within a financial institution. While topics related to all management levels (from macro to micro, from strategic to operational) will be taught, a clear focus is on the credit risk assessment based on clients' individual analysis.

Certified Expert in Financial Inclusion Policy

Financial Inclusion Policy

The significant contribution that financial inclusion can make to achieving inclusive economic growth and the Sustainable Development Goals has gained global recognition. This has in turn led to critical policy reforms that help establish an enabling environment to promote financial inclusion.

This module will provide you with relevant knowledge of the key financial inclusion policy areas which are brought together by a comprehensive strategic approach. These areas are presented especially from the regulatory perspective and it is this that makes the content unique. The module will help develop skills to draft and analyse policies and to design strategies that are most relevant to emerging economies.

This online training is developed and implemented as joint initiative between Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI). You will benefit from world class education experience of a top-ranked business school, combined with the expertise from the world`s leading organization for financial inclusion policymakers.

Semester 3

Certified Expert in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance

Climate and Renewable Energy Finance

= Certified Expert in Climate & Renewable Energy Finance

The Paris Agreement marks the beginning of a new era with the focus shifting from finding a consensus on the common goals to realising jointly agreed goals. “Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development” (Article 2 c of the Paris Agreement) will require a significant increase in funding – with new instruments and approaches required to mobilize a broad range of investors and to achieve scalability in financing climate action. Financing the global energy transition will be one key building block. Decreasing prices for renewables combined with increasing regulatory risk for traditional fossil fuels make Renewable Energy (RE) more competitive and attractive for commercial investors.

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Master of Leadership in Development Finance

After successful completion of Certified Expert in Development Finance, you can upgrade to Master of Leadership in Development Finance online provided you meet the following eligibilty criteria:

  • Certified Expert in Development Finance
  • Proven excellent written and spoken English
  • At least two years of relevant work experience (proven by a recommendation letter from your former or current employer)
  • Admission Test and Interview

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Once you have been admitted to the program, you will have to complete 2 more modules along with the project work or thesis.

The admission process for this Master will be handled by Frankfurt School. Please have a look at the following website for the detailed requirements and application process: