Searching for Impact
What is this course about?
The course is intended for professionals who deal in some way with digital money platforms, fintech services or microfinance, and who have a need or desire to better understand how the sector contributes to improving the lives of lower-income or otherwise disadvantaged groups of people. We take multiple perspectives on how one can define, measure, and optimize for impact, based on whether you are a manager at a financial services provider, a policymaker, a donor, an impact investor, or an academic researcher.
After you have taken the course, you should:
- Have a better sense of the state of research findings on the impact of financial inclusion on poverty reduction, business development, gender empowerment, etc.
- Be more aware of the various research methods that are used to estimate such impacts, have developed a critical eye regarding them, and feel comfortable with reading research papers.
- Feel like you have more tools to come to grips with questions of purpose, and to make decisions regarding the measurement of impact.
Ready to find out more?
Financial Inclusion Course Overview
This is a four-week course, and it will be conducted entirely online through DFI´s Campus platform. Weekly teaching materials will center around four lecture videos of 10-12 minutes produced by DFI, and a number of additional resources that you can read or view. Your weekly tasks will include answering a discussion question, taking a multiple-choice quiz, and undertaking a personal exercise of a more practical nature.
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 of 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
Dr Ignacio Mas is an executive director and co-founder at the Digital Frontiers Institute, a new organization that is developing a professional development network and training course around digital money and payments. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Fletcher School’s Council on Emerging Market Enterprises at Tufts University.
Previously, he was Deputy Director in the Financial Services for the Poor program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Senior Advisor at the Technology Program at CGAP. He has been Director of Global Business Strategy at Vodafone Group, Executive VP of Marketing and Account Management at DoCoMo interTouch, and Senior Manager responsible for telecoms investments in Europe for Intel Capital.
He has undergraduate degrees in maths and economics from MIT and a PhD in economics from Harvard University. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Beth Rhyne was managing director of CFI until September 2019. Before that, she was senior vice president of Accion since 2000, and director of the Office of Microenterprise Development at USAID from 1994 to 1998. She holds a master’s and PhD in public policy from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in history and humanities from Stanford University.
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.
Use this information to find the best financial aid that supports your objectives. At any stage please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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.