Centre for Finance and Development

The CFD is the Graduate Institute's centre of excellence for research on finance and development.



The Centre for Finance and Development (CFD) serves as a leading international and interdisciplinary exchange platform in finance and development-related topics. These cover access to financial markets in developing countries, alternative sources of funding (microfinance or micro-insurance), international assistance, sustainable development, philanthropy and impact investing.

The Centre aims at strengthening the dialogue and cooperation among academics, international organisations, NGOs, diplomatic missions, financial institutions and the private sector.

CFD also helps to build a new generation of professionals able to navigate between private and public development finance by providing expertise and support to the Graduate Institute’s students and researchers specialising in finance and development, and by offering Executive Education courses to the public and private sectors.

The Centre was created thanks to a generous grant from the Pictet Foundation for Development, which finances three Chairs in Finance and Development currently allocated to Professors Nathan Sussman, Ugo Panizza, and Lore Vandewalle.


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    What we do

    our areas of focus



    • Master programme courses

    • Doctoral courses and research seminars

    • Courses taught by Graduate Institute’s alumni with senior positions in international financial institutions

    • Executive Education Certificate of advanced studies (CAS) in SDG investing

    • Find out more about our teaching offer

    Research and Publications

    • Books and articles in leading academic journals

    • Policy briefs

    • CFD Research Paper Series

    • Op-eds and media presence

    • Find out more about our research projects and publications


    • International conferences

    • Series on the Future of Development Finance (in cooperation with the World Bank)

    • High-level public lectures

    • Forum for international financial institutions’ annual reports

    • Technical workshops

    • Online seminars: International Macro History Online Seminar and Finance and Development Online Seminar

    • Discover our upcoming events and papers and videos from past conferences

    …and more

    • Visiting fellows programme (discover our areas of focus)

    • Coordination of internships for Institute’s students

    • Academic and career support for Institute’s students

    • Logistic support for faculty and students seeking external funding sources

    Latest news

    Master in International Economics

    New specialized track in Sustainable Finance and Development

    The Graduate Institute is launching a new track in Sustainable Finance and Development within its Master in International Economics, starting in September 2021.

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    Conference Papers and Recordings

    Browse papers and presentations as well as video and audio recordings from our past conferences and seminars on finance and development issues.

    Jobs and Internships in Sustainable Finance and Development

    The Graduate Institute's Career Services publish daily job and internship offers for our students and alumni.
    Associated Programme

    Bilateral Assistance and Capacity Building for Central Banks (BCC)

    BCC supports central banks in emerging countries to be more effective, through tailored capacity building, and is currently working with the central banks of Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Morocco, Peru, Tunisia, and Ukraine.

    Advisory Board






    Rajna Gibson

    Professor of Finance and Deputy Director of the Geneva Finance Research Institute (GFRI) of the University of Geneva






    Ricardo Hausmann

    Director of the Growth Lab at Harvard's Center for International Development and the Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School

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    Pascal Lamy

    President Emeritus, Jacques Delors Institute and Former Director-General, World Trade Organisation (WTO)





    Ivan Pictet 

    President, Fondation Pictet pour le développement






    Charles Wyplosz

    Emeritus Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

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    Philippe Burrin

    Former Director, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

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    Mailing Address

    Centre for Finance and Development
    Maison de la paix
    Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A
    Petal 2, 8th floor
    Case Postale 1672
    CH-1211 Genève 1

    Email: cfd@graduateinstitute.ch


    The Maison de la paix is located at Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A, 1202 Geneva, on the corner of Avenue de France, a few minutes' walk from Place des Nations. Tram 15 runs from the main Geneva railway station (Gare Cornavin) to the stop “Maison de la paix” in about five minutes. The Maison de la paix is about two-minutes’ walk from the tram stop, just across the railway bridge. Trams run every five minutes during the day. More information here.