ITEM7 | March 15-17, 2016 | Shanghai (上海市),  People's Republic of China.

7th Conference on Innovative Trends Emerging in Microfinance: Pumping up Innovations In and Around Microfinance

- Microfinance, Crowdfunding and Community Development Finance - 

Organized by the Banque Populaire Chair in Microfinance of the Burgundy School of Business, Dijon, France
In collaboration with The Chinese Association of Microfinance
And Shanghai Jiao Tong University China Academy of Financial Research


Poverty is a deep-rooted problem. Science magazine has published research indicating that poverty is even associated with cognitive problems. One hope to eradicate poverty is to provide the poor with the resources necessary to cope with it, the resources being specific to their situation. One possible resource is microfinance. Today, more and more researchers are getting involved in research that makes a difference to practitioners who want to create a new world of hope for the poor. Although it is too early to prove either a positive or a negative impact of financial leverage on the poor, other financial products are being offered to the poor so that they are financially included.

The international conference on Innovative Trends Emerging in Microfinance (ITEM) is aimed at researchers, both from academic field and from the industry, who are looking at institutional and technological environmental factors that could increase outreach or reduce costs or both.

Previous editions of this conferences have been held in India, France and Morocco.
ITEM1Institutional and Technological Environment for Microfinance
2010DelhiJan. 7-8, 2010Jonathan Morduch & Orlanda Ruthven
ITEM2Microfinance: From Charity to Business
2011DijonDec. 9-10, 2010Marc Labie
ITEM3Cost Management and Social Performance in Microfinance
2012DelhiJan. 4-7, 2012Paul Sharman
ITEM4Financial Inclusion: Lessons between the North and the South
2013ParisApr. 11-12, 2013Jean-Michel Servet
ITEM5Microfinance – Fighting Back
2014CasablancaMar. 18-20, 2014Malcolm Harper
ITEM6Microfinance: Coaching, Counting, and Crowding
2015LyonMar. 17-18, 2015Chicot Eboué


ITEM7 brings together researchers from three areas: Microfinance, Crowdfunding and Community Development Finance. However, the conference is open to other closely related microfinance fields and papers on impact measures, social governance, innovation, and sustainable development are welcomed.

The conference provides a forum for both researchers and practitioners to discuss and exchange on financial inclusion. ITEM7 seeks quantitative, qualitative and experience-based papers from industry and academia. Case studies and PhD research-in-progress are also welcomed. It encourages reflections on the potential and use of technology in microfinance in developed and developing countries.

Papers can be in English, French and Chinese. Normally, there is no provision for translations. So, English is preferred.

Publication opportunity:
The conference invites both professional presentations and research papers. Since we are all aiming for high level publications, we do not publish books or copyrighted proceedings. It is expected that the review process and the partnerships developed would help the researchers develop the paper towards a high impact journal and that, perhaps, they would think of acknowledging their participation in the conference. However, if researchers want, their papers are directly considered for journal special issues or books that the organizers or other participants may be associated with. These journals include Strategic Change (Wiley) and Cost Management (Thomson-Reuters).

Submission procedure:
All contributions require a proposal in the first instance, including a short abstract between 300 and 500 words, up to five keywords, the full names (first name and surname, not initials), email addresses of all authors, and a postal address and telephone number for at least one contact author.

The abstract should necessarily indicate:

  • Title of the paper;
  • Track of the paper (see below);
  • Authors and affiliations;
  • Research purpose;
  • Research design / methodology / approach;
  • Key results;
  • Impact: (on new research or on new practices, policies);
  • Value added / Originality

Proposed tracks:
Stream 1: Microfinance
Track 1-0: Microfinance (all other) - English / French
Track 1-1: Communication and Microfinance - English / French
Track 1-2: Experiments in Microfinance - English
Track 1-3: Market research in Microfinance - English
Track 1-4: Microfinance in China - English / Chinese

Track 1-5: Innovations in risk assessment in Microfinance - English 

Stream 2: Crowdfunding
Track 2-0: Crowdfunding (all other) - English / French
Track 2-1: Communication and crowdfunding - English / French
Track 2-2: Regulation in Crowdfunding - English / French
Track 2-3: Engaging the crowd - English
Track 2-4: Strategies of crowdfunding - English / French
Track 2-5: Governance in Crowdfunding - English / French

Stream 3 : Community Development Financ
Track 3-0: Community Development (all other) - English / Chinese
Track 3-1: Impact Investment Funds - English
Track 3-2: Community Development Funds - English
Track 3-3: Slow Money / Agricultural Investment - English

Full Papers are only required after acceptance of abstract. Papers should not to be more than 5.000 words including abstract, keywords and references. Submission period for the full papers is till January 15, 2016. These will be sent for review after the registration fee has been paid. Each author of a full paper will also be required to review a paper and be a discussant at the conference.

Deadline & Timeline:
November 30, 2015: Submission of abstract of proposals
December 10, 2015:  Confirmation of acceptance.
January 15, 2016: Full papers (for those who want their papers to be reviewed).
January 31, 2016: Normal registration ends.
March 15-17, 2016: Conference

Registration and Payment:

Academic or Business : 300 euro.
Student : 75 euro.


e-mail: ITEM7 [at sign] escdijon [dot] eu

Dr. Hayyan ALIA, Burgundy School of Business, France.
Dr. Arvind ASHTA, Burgundy School of Business, France.
Dr. Djamchid ASSADI, Burgundy School of Business, France.
Dr. Laurence ATTUEL-MENDES, Burgundy School of Business, France.
Dr. Guillaume BIOT-PAQUEROT, Burgundy School of Business, France.
Dr. Mihaela BONESCU, Burgundy School of Business, France.
Dr. Cornelia CASEAU, Burgundy School of Business, France.
Dr. Mathieu-Claude CHABOUD, Burgundy School of Business, France.
Dr. Karim CHARAF, ISCAE, Morocco / Burgundy School of Business, France.
Dr. Mawuli COUCHORO, Faculty of Economics and Management, Université de Lomé, Togo.
Dr. Glòria Estapé DUBREUIL, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.
Dr. Fangyu, FEI, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China.
Dr. Samanthala HETTIHEWA, University of Ballarat, Australia.

Dr. Marek HUDON, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Director CERMi, Belgium.

Pr. Md. Muinuddin KHAN, Asa University, Bangladesh.

Dr. V. Krishna KUMAR, GITAM Institute of International Business, Vishakhapatnam, India.

Dr. Frank LENTZ, Burgundy School of Business, France.
Dr. Marc LABIE, Université de Mons, Centre de Recherche Warocqué & CERMi, Belgium.
Dr. Nadiya MARAKKATH, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.

Dr. Surender MOR, Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Sonepat, India

Dr. Carlo MILANA, Strategic Change, UK.
Dr. Philipp OTTO, European University Viadrina, Germany.
Dr. Ciguan QIU, Shanghai Jiaotong University,China.
Dr. Zaka RATSIMALAHELO, University of Franche-Comté, France.
Dr. Sophie REBOUD, Burgundy School of Business, France.
Dr. Jean-Michel SERVET, IHEID, Genève.
Mr. Paul SHARMAN, Cost Management, Canada.
Dr. Pritam SINGH, Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University, UK.
Dr. Dimitri UZUNIDIS, University of Greece/ Université Littoral, France / University of Seattle, USA.
Dr. Tan WANG, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China.
Dr. Jun WANG, World Bank Economist (financial inclusion), China.

Dr.  Chris WRIGHT, Higher Education Faculty, Holmes Institute, Australia.

Dr. Mostaq AHMMED, Managing Director, Green Housing and Energy ltd., Bangladesh.
Mr. Chengyu BAI, Secretary of CAM, Head of Development of CICETE, China.
Mr. Mikhail CHERKAS, Director, Business Development CIS, Microfinance Strategy SARL, Switzerland.
Mr. Dinos CONSTANTINOU, CEO, Microfinance Strategy SARL, Switzerland.
Mr. Xiaoshan DU, China Academy of Social Science, Chair of China Association of Microfinance, China.

Mr. Saleh KHAN, Senior Manager (International Development), PwC, Switzerland.
Ms. Maria Jesus MARIÑO GOMEZ, Microfinance Consultant, Spain.
Mr. Krishna NYAPATI, Managing Director, Microsense Software Pvt Ltd, India.
Mr. Arnaud POISSONNIER, CEO, Babyloan.

President of the committee: Dr. Stéphan BOURCIEU, Professor (Strategy), Dean, Burgundy School of Business, France.
Ms. Marie-José ALBERT-BATT, International Director, Burgundy School of Business, France.
Dr. Arvind ASHTA, Professor (Finance), Holder of the Banque Populaire Chair in Microfinance, Burgundy School of Business, France.
Dr. Alexandre ASSELINEAU, Professor, Associate Dean for Knowledge & Transfer, Burgundy School of Business, France.
Mr. Chengyu BAI, Secretary of CAM, Head of Development of CICETE, China.
Mr. Vitalie BUMACOV, Research Associate, Banque Populaire Chair in Microfinance, Burgundy School of Business, France.
Ms. Isabelle DEMAY, Corporate Partnership Director, Burgundy School of Business, France.
Mr. Xiaoshan DU, China Academy of Social Science, Chair of China Association of Microfinance, China.
Dr. Mohamed EL MOUEFFAK, Director, ISCAE, Morocco.
Dr. Fangyu FEI, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China.
Mr. Weil WU, Ph.D. Student, University of Birmingham, UK.
Ms. Nathalie MERCIER, Creation & franchising, Banque Populaire Bourgogne Franche Comté, France.

Ms. Chloé RENOUF, Partnership and sponsorship, Fédération Nationale des Banques Populaires, France.