Digitizing Humanitarian & Social Assistance
Digital Humanitarian Payments: Extreme Operations
Certified by DFI
This 6-week course provides a general introduction to the use of digital payments in humanitarian aid, and the mechanics used for delivering digital aid.
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Digitizing Humanitarian & Social Assistance course overview
This course is a general introduction to the use of digital payments in humanitarian aid. We focus on the mechanics of digital humanitarian cash transfers from the perspective of those distributing cash (humanitarian agencies) as well as those receiving it (beneficiaries). We also explore the benefits of digitized aid and the reality: that many programs are limited by the extreme conditions in which they operate. Along this journey, we pull from best practice in both the humanitarian and private sectors; counter popular assumptions; and ground recommendations with voices from humanitarian implementers, private sector partners, and the beneficiaries we want to serve.
Why do I need a digital payments course?
This course is intended for humanitarians (donors, advisors, and implementers), but may also be of interest to payments professionals. Humanitarians may be excited to learn how best to evaluate digital payment options, and design and manage digital cash transfer programs for greater impact. Payments professionals may want to better understand their humanitarian clients or may be exploring expansion into this growing field. We invite people who feel passionate about the link between technology and financial inclusion – as well as those who are skeptical about the extent to which technology can solve humanitarian issues – to find out more and join in our discussions.
Students coming out of the course should have a basic understanding of digital payment options and potential benefits; the regulatory environment that governs digital humanitarian cash; and the common pitfalls and potential of different delivery mechanisms. Students should feel prepared to grapple with design and implementation issues, including data protection, inclusive programming, partner negotiations, and contracting. Students should also feel confident in forming their own opinions on the appropriate use of technology in these emerging markets.
What are digital payments?
Digital payments are any payment made using a digital financial service, and can include payments for goods or services rendered as well as the delivery of humanitarian aid.
What is digital humanitarian aid?
Digital humanitarian aid refers to the practice of using digital financial services to deliver humanitarian aid to populations that cannot access it otherwise.
WHAT IS DFS?
DFS, or digital financial services, are any financial services that are available through digital channels, and includes payments, credit, savings, transfers and insurance.
WHAT IS FINTECH?
Fintech, or financial technology, refers to any digital technological tools or business models used to support the delivery of financial services.
WHAT IS FINANCIAL INCLUSION?
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.
WHAT IS A VIRTUAL CLASSROOM?
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.
WHAT IS DIGITAL FRONTIERS INSTITUTE?
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
Dr Ignacio Mas
Digital Frontiers Institute
Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network
Senior Program Officer
“The course was great! It validated what I already knew as best practice and introduced some things that were new, like liquidity management. It was also useful to have all these resources consolidated in one place. I’m doing SOPs at the moment, so that section was perfect – brilliant timing!” – Claire Durham, Senior Officer – Cash Innovations, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva, Switzerland
“I would absolutely recommend this course! It was really eye-opening for me to understand the issues you have to work through when you are implementing a cash transfer program. I just came back from the Central African Republic to lead cash coordination, and completing this course made it easier for me to reach out to implementing actors and understand their challenges.” – Mercy Manyala,
Humanitarian Affairs Officer, UN OCHA, Dakar, Senegal
“First, I just wanted to express how much I am enjoying the course and how much insight it has given me into the world of digital cash in the humanitarian assistance context. Considering I just started my position at CaLP in April, this course has helped me to adjust a bit more quickly and feel more comfortable with all the subject matters and terminology.” – Karen Pinzon, Program Assistant,
CaLP Americas, Washington, D.C., USA
Kickstart your DFS career
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.
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Option 1: Payment Plans that make your tuition more affordable
Course fees can be made over payments at an agreed date.
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 include the Certificate in Digital Money, and Leading Digital Money Markets.
- Payment 1: $500
- Payment 2: $500
- Payment 3: $500
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Eight successful referrals will result in your foundation course being fully subsidized.
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.