Finance and Development


Here are the research projects dealing with issues of Finance and Development. You will also find the list of recent publications related to this cluster.

Childcare for Childhood and Business Development

Professor Lore Vandewalle, Kjetil Bjorvatn and Vincent Somville (NHH Norwegian School of Economics), Wameq Raza (BRAC in Uganda), and Selim Gulesci (Bocconi University), funded by NORGLOBAL-2 through the Research Council of Norway. January 2018–December 2021.
This project focuses on childcare in Uganda to free up time for mothers to have their own businesses. Its key research questions are: Can supporting pre-school education improve (i) educational outcomes for the children and (ii) business development for the mothers?
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Curbing Illicit Financial Flows from Resource-rich Developing Countries: Improving Natural Resource Governance to Finance the SDGs

Professor Gilles Carbonnier, Fritz Brugger, Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi, Fred Dzanku and Sthabandith Insisienmay, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) within their joint Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d Programme). 1 September 2017–31 August 2023.
This project, conducted in the framework of a North-South research partnership, seeks to improve our collective knowledge and understanding of commodity trade-related illicit financial flows, and to design and promote ways to effectively address this under-researched phenomenon both from a scientific and policy perspective.
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Currency and Conquest: The Rupee and British Colonial Expansion in Asia and the Indian Ocean, c. 1880–1930s

Professsor Gopalan Balachandran, funded by SNSF. October 2016–September 2018.
This project explores how the spread of the rupee facilitated the mobilization of the administrative and commercial resources of the British Indian empire and helped consolidate British power in its newly-acquired colonies. It alos researches the role of monetary transitions in restructuring commerce, and the transformation of relatively horizontal regional relationships yielded into more hierarchical global relationships.
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A Feminist Analysis of Social and Solidarity Economy Practices: Views from Latin America and India

Dr Christine Verschuur, funded by SNIS. December 2015–May 2018.
This research project aims at understanding the practices, social relations and power relations in relation to social reproduction within the social and solidarity economy.
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Fintech at Alibaba: What Automated Firm Credit Reveals about the Inefficiency of Chinese Banking?

Professor Harald Hau (UNIGE) and Assistant Professor Yi Huang. A collaboration between the Graduate Institute and SFI Geneva, funded by SNSF. September 2017–August 2020.