Money in Africa
Monetary and financial decolonisation in Africa in the 20th Century
9 Oct 2017
eabh in cooperation with Banco de Portugal and Banque de France
Monetary and fiscal processes are important elements in state building and in managing international economic relations for emerging economies and new states. These processes were also important during the transition to constitutional independence in Africa; however little attention has been paid to the trajectory of the monetary and fiscal processes of decolonisation in Africa. The topic is less researched than the political or socio-cultural decolonisation processes. However, it has had important implications for the economic development of these states.
The objective of this conference is to shed light on a range of different historical cross-experiences. It will provide a comparative analysis of the Portuguese, French, British, Belgian, Spanish, Italian and German cases of colonial transition in monetary and financial matters.
The data dilemma: a risk or an asset?
10 Nov 2017
eabh in cooperation with INFUTURE
The amount of data about the finance sector is growing exponentially and storing it is becoming easier. Businesses are excited about the commercial possibilities of ‘Big Data’; academics are relishing the research potential of deep data archives and regulators are hoping for a fuller view of systemic risk and stability.
Will it all turn out well though? The current reality of massive data stores is often no more than massive cost and complexity. The workshop will explore how we got here with data and where we go next. Ultimately, can a meeting of business, academics and regulators resolve the data dilemma and find a way to turn a risk into an asset?
Beyond the bottom line
Exploring alternative business forms for durable financial services
15 Jun 2018
eabh in cooperation with Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo
Joint-stock banks are traditionally seen as the hallmarks of capitalism, relentlessly pursuing profits. There is an alternative story, however. Some banks have a long history of devoting themselves to wider social goals rather than profit, others chose business forms which freed them from that relentless pursuit. The conference will explore the need for financial services to think beyond the bottom line and new issues raised by the growing importance of durability. More details will follow soon.