Joana Afonso

Financial Inclusion Specialist, European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP)

Joana has experience both as practitioner and researcher in the microfinance sector. Among other topics, she has conducted research on client overindebtdness and impact evaluation methodologies in microfinance with field work in the Dominican Republic, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, and Ecuador. She started her career in 2005 as a credit officer at an NGO in Portugal, and co-edited the 2019 book, “Emerging Challenges and Innovations in Microfinance and Financial Inclusion.”

Joana holds a doctorate in economics and finance from the University of Portsmouth, and a master’s in microfinance from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

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