Institute of Development Policy
Organisation general information
Organisation name: 
Institute of Development Policy
Founding year: 
Total number of staff: 
Resources dedicated to microfinance: 
Percentage of microfinance activities: 
Between 0 and 20%
Type of organisation: 
Non profit
Researchers, University
Organisation's contact person
Contact person: 
Johan Bastiaensen
Lange Sint-Annastraat 7
+32 3265 5689
+32 3265 5771
Organisation summary

IOB is a multidisciplinary institute involved in the triple function of academic teaching, scientific research and service to the community in the area of economic, political and social aspects of development policy and management. Born through the pooling of existing resources at the University of Antwerp, IOB strives to become an internationally recognised centre of excellence. It pursues co-operation with other Flemish, Belgian and foreign universities and institutions of higher learning, and considers the best European development studies institutes as a reference.

In a spirit of respectful and inter-cultural international co-operation, IOB aims at reciprocal capacity-building through joint activities with academic and other partners in the South in the areas of education, research and service to the community.

IOB also wishes to be a centre for exchange of information and critical reflection on North-South relations in its own country and community. It aims at public authorities, nongovernmental organisations, business, civil society and the public at large.

IOB wishes to create added value for the local, national and international development co-operation community. Therefore, projects and actions will be measured against their scientific, social and developmental relevance.

Type of intervention: 
  • Research, teaching and concultancy
Countries of intervention: 
Programmes open to all regions.
Areas of intervention: 
  • Macro level: Client protection, Strengthening national/regional microfinance support sector, Capacity building (focused on all MFIs)
  • Intermediate level: Community-based finance solutions, Rural finance, Value chain development, Business development services, Social impact/performance, Environmental microfinance, Gender
  • Micro level: Financial product development and innovation, Energy products, or other products related to environmental issues, Delivery models (group, indiv.), Risk management, Performance (financial, social and environmental)
  • Other themes: Academic research
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