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Francis Darko


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Francis Darko is a Lecturer in Economics. He joined Coventry University in August 2017 after obtaining his PhD in Economics from the University of Kent. He also has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Philosophy degrees in Economics from the University of Cape Coast and University of Ghana, respectively. Prior to his employment at Coventry University, he worked as Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent and Subject Leader for University Foundation Programme in Economics at CATS College, UK. Francis’ main research interests are in the field of Development Economics and Applied Microeconomics. His current research deals, broadly with topics in microfinance and Poverty.

Francis is the Course Director for Stage 2 Economics degree programmes.

Education/Academic qualification

Economics, Doctorate, University of Kent

Sep 2012Jan 2017

Economics, MSc, University of Ghana

Aug 2008Jul 2010

Economics, Degree, University of Cape Coast

Aug 2003May 2007

Academic Practice in Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University

Jan 2018Sep 2018

External positions

CU Moderator, Lazarski University

Jan 2018 → …

Associate Lecturer, University of Kent

Sep 2015Jul 2017

Subject Leader for University Foundation Programme in Economics, CATS College

Jan 2014Jul 2017

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Kent

Aug 2012Aug 2015

Teaching Assistant, University of Ghana

Aug 2010Jul 2011

Teaching Assistant, University of Cape Coast

Jul 2007Aug 2008

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Research Output 2015 2016

  • 1 Conference proceeding
  • 1 Working paper
Empirical evidence
Microfinance institutions

Microfinance and Poverty Reduction: The Case Study of Selected Institutions in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana

Darko, F. 2015 Microfinance and the Millennium Development Goals: Achievements and Strategies for Post 2015. 8th ed. p. 1 31 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Poverty reduction
Microfinance institutions

Activities 2013 2015

  • 4 Participation in conference

Centre for European Agric-Environmental Studies (CEAS) PhD Workshop

Darko, F. (Speaker)
26 Nov 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

4th European Microfinance Research Conference

Darko, F. (Speaker)
1 Jun 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

The 2nd Annual Conference of the South East Doctoral Training Centre (SEDTC)

Darko, F. (Speaker)
20 Jun 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

PhD Conference on International Development

Darko, F. (Speaker)
20 Sep 2013

Activity: Participation in conference


Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Francis Darko (Recipient), Dec 2014

Prize: Election to learned society

Doctoral Research Scholarship

Francis Darko (Recipient), Sep 2012

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Over all Best Final Year Social Sciences Student

Francis Darko (Recipient), Oct 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)