The Africa Board Fellowship for Finance leaders

The Africa Board Fellowship connects board members and CEOs through peer learning and exchange to strengthen the governance of financial institutions serving low-income clients in sub-Saharan Africa. The ABF support the notion that Good governance allows microfinance institutions to withstand and overcome the challenges of growth, increasing competition, and technological advances. Boards must be prepared to guide institutions in balancing client needs and services with financial performance.


  • Fellows are accepted into the ABF program on an institutional basis. It is preferred that from each institution the CEO, board chair and at least one other board member participate in the fellowship. The CEO and board chair should first attend together in the same class and additional board member(s) can either attend in the same or a future class.
  • Fellowship classes start in the spring and the fall.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential for participation in the Africa Board Fellowship.
  • Access to reliable internet is essential for participation in the program

Value of Fellowship:

  • Access to a high-quality faculty
  • Opportunity to learn from the experience of others
  • High-caliber fellow participants
  • Platform for African MFI (Ministers Fellowship International)leaders to discuss, share ideas, and acquire new knowledge
  • Opportunity to connect with peers struggling with similar issues
  • Strong, practical, hands-on agenda with clear outcomes and motivation to implement
  • A flexible, personalized program that is tailored to the needs of individual fellows and MFI

Topics to be covered:

  • Managing sustainable growth
  • Technology trends and innovations
  • Risk management strategies
  • Succession planning
  • Alignment of interests
  • Dealing with industry crises
  • Conflict resolution
  • Navigating competitive environments
  • Managing new regulations
  • Client Protection
  • Social Performance

Application deadline: on rollout basis

Application Link


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