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.


04 October 2020


*Start Date: 08 October 2020


6 weeks


Online, in our digital classroom


US$250 per Person
(Financial Aid Available)

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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.

Digital Humanitarian Payments course schedule

  • Week 1

    Mechanics of Digitizing Transfers

  • Week 2

    Key Operational Enablers

  • Week 3

    Digitizing Humanitarian Assistance – Client Perspective

  • Week 4

    Digitizing Humanitarian Assistance – Program Build

  • Week 5

    From Humanitarian to Social Assistance

  • Week 6

    Digitizing Social Assistance – Operational Aspects

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.


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

Dr Ignacio Mas

Executive Director
Digital Frontiers Institute

Sara Murry

Program Manager
Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network

Lily Frey

Senior Program Officer


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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 info@digitalfrontiersinstitute.org

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 info@digitalfrontiersinstitute.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.

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.