Gender in Digital Finance

Blind Spots

Certified by DFI

This 4-week course aims at assisting digital finance professionals and organisations navigate the gender gap and improve digital finance adoption among women.


06 September 2020


*Start Date: 06 September 2020


4 weeks


Online, in our digital classroom


US$250 per person
(Financial Aid Available)

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Gender in Digital Finance course overview

Whether your goals are commercial (to build a healthy business) or social (to promote human development) or a combination of the two, you may be missing important social groups in your efforts to promote digital financial services. This course, taking place online over four weeks, aims to shed light on overlooked populations, their financial needs and their potential as viable customers. Through a process of discovery and analysis, you’ll learn how to detect and remove supply-side blind spots, uncover new market opportunities, and imagine a future where new groups, especially women, use and enjoy high-quality financial services.

Why do I need a course on gender in digital finance?

This course is designed for managers and aspiring leaders of banks, microfinance institutions, fintechs, NGOs, and policy and regulatory bodies. We welcome members of think tank organizations, donors and academic institutions. No background in gender analysis and/ or financial inclusion is required.

By taking the course, students will pick up a set of analytical frameworks for discussing issues that pertain to market gaps. They will be able to apply concepts of power, gender and customer experiences to their individual projects or home institutions, and use them to strengthen their institutions and particular projects they may be working on.

Students coming out of the course should have an understanding of how blind spots occur, what the downsides of these blind spots are, and how to detect and address them. They will be familiar with key analytical tools, such as gender analysis, diffusion analysis and change theory and be able to apply these tools to remedy key omissions and overcome barriers that now hamper DFS’ efforts to reach women.

Gender in Digital Finance course schedule

  • Week 1

    Key analytical tools

  • Week 2

    Applying tools

  • Week 3

    Digitized information and financial services

  • Week 4

    Exploring personal blind spots

What is the gender gap?

The gender gap refers to the income disparity between the salaries of men and women in a sector, as well as the relative lack of women in decision-making positions in that same sector.

Why is gender relevant for digital financial services?

Historically and currently, women are much less common in decision-making positions in the DFS sector, earn much less money and are underserved by available DFS products. Solving those gaps is crucial to achieving financial inclusion in DFS.


DFS, or digital financial services, are any financial services that are available through digital channels, and includes payments, credit, savings, transfers and insurance.


Fintech, or financial technology, refers to any digital technological tools or business models used to support the delivery of financial services.


Financial inclusion is a key part of DFI’s agenda and refers to the goal of ensuring that all people, especially marginalised groups, have access to the financial tools they need.


A virtual classroom is a learning environment that only exists through a digital platform and that allows students to participate regardless of their geographic location. All DFI’s courses are delivered in a virtual classroom.


Digital Frontiers Institute (DFI) is a digital education provider designed to prepare professionals for the challenges and opportunities they will encounter in a rapidly changing economy.


World-Class Academics and Practitioners

Professor Kim Wilson

The Fletcher Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Julie Zollmann

Senior Researcher
Independent Researcher

Roxani Krystali

Program Manager
Feinstein International Center, Tufts University

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Financial Aid

DFI’s mission is to equip a new generation of professionals with the information, skills, and vision they need to guide society towards inclusive digital financial solutions. DFI understand that affordability may stand in the way of your progress as a Digital Finance Professional. We strive to source, manage and administer various student funding opportunities to make tuition more affordable for you.  for deserving students according to sponsor specific requirements. Our goal is to ensure that no student is left behind and have designed affordable payment terms as well as scholarship funds for eligible students.

Use this information to find the best financial aid that supports your objectives. At any stage please contact us at

Option 1: Payment Plans that make your tuition more affordable

Course fees can be made over payments at an agreed date.

Multi-year Programs

Certified Digital Finance Practitioner

  • Year 1: $1335/$445 in 3 installments (works out to $112 p.m.)
  • Year 2: $1335/$445 in 3 installments
  • Year 3: $1335/$445 in 3 installments
Foundation Courses

Foundation courses include the Certificate in Digital Money, and Leading Digital Money Markets.

  • Payment 1: $500
  • Payment 2: $500
  • Payment 3: $500
Specialization Courses

Specialization courses included short courses such as Digital Agriculture and Digital Identity.

  • Payment 1: $125
  • Payment 2: $125

Option 2: Can we help in getting your company to pay or at least contribute to your tuition?

DFI can assist in opening a conversation with your employer to support your tuition. We can cultivate further interest with them to participate on our programs – bringing multiple employees on will result in corporate discounts and thus lower tuition for you.

Request your corporate proposal by contacting us at

Option 3: Referral Program

If your colleagues, friends or family join the course we can open a referral seat for you, which is 100% subsidized by Digital Frontiers Institute. This includes assisting us to create impactful corporate alliances.

Foundation Courses

Eight successful referrals will result in your foundation course being fully subsidized.

Specialization Courses

Four successful referrals will result in your specialization course being fully subsidized.

Option 4: Scholarships

DFI offers partial scholarships to qualifying candidates. Our scholarship funders favor scholarship candidates that contribute to tuition themselves. Ideally, Students should contribute at least half of the tuition fee, the higher your contribution the more likely you are to be considered. Tuition can also be paid in manageable installments. Please see below criteria for scholarships.

  •         I am an active member of the digital financial services industry

Scholarships are adjudicated quarterly and are weighted based on the strength of your application. You will be asked to answer the following questions in your application:

  • Please provide a brief overview of experience.
  • To what extent does your organization contribute to financial inclusion.
  • How will your attendance on this course benefit your organization, your initiative, your country?
  • Describe your current role and responsibilities.
  • Why do you think you should receive financial aid?
  • I can contribute $ to my course.

You can apply for a scholarship on the course registration page, where applicable. Not all courses have scholarship programs.