Leading Digital Money Markets

A Global Tour

Certified by The Fletcher School – Tufts University

12-week course consisting of a global tour of 10 geographies’ digital money systems, business models, interoperability and their impact on financial inclusion.


30 August 2020


*Start Date: 09 September 2020


12 weeks


Online, in our digital classroom


US$1500 per person
(Financial Aid Available)

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This course consists of a global tour of noteworthy experiences on digital money systems currently in use. It delivers information and insights on what’s going on across a dozen different countries and regions, and frames a number of class discussions designed to elicit thoughts on which models may be more appropriate in what circumstances.

Why do I need a course on global digital money systems?

This course is for professionals working in digital money or financial services wanting to develop a fuller understanding of the emerging landscape for digital money around the globe.

The course is entirely case study-based. It presumes a basic knowledge of the principles of digital money and the operation of digital payment systems. Students of this class should have completed the DFI-Fletcher Certificate in Digital Money or equivalent prior to taking this course.

Following completion of the course you will have an integrated global view of the current trends and scenarios in digital money playing out across the globe.

It is hoped that students will learn about and draw inspiration from alternative regulatory and industry models than those that they already familiar with, and develop a practical understanding of how the major mobile payment solutions in use today work.

Leading Digital Money Markets course overview

  • Week 1

    Roadmaps for the journey

  • Week 2

    The rise of over-the-top super-platforms: China

  • Week 3

    How the global internet majors are playing the field: the US & beyond

  • Week 4

    Architecting a digital money grid from the ground up: India

  • Week 5 & 6

    Introduction and Key Regulatory Aspects

  • Week 7

    Independent study week

  • Week 8

    More integrated, more competitive, more private: European policy initiatives

  • Week 9

    Telco-based mobile money: Africa

  • Week 10

    From Africa to Asia: Agents take center stage

  • Week 11

    Building inclusive & interoperable systems from scratch: Peru, Jordan & Rwanda

  • Week 12

    Summary and implications

What is a digital money market?

A digital money market is any real-world implementation of digital finance tools that takes on a unique form based on the local economic pressures and opportunities.


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

Gavin Krugel

Digital Frontiers Institute

Dr. David Porteous

Digital Frontiers Institute

Barney De Jongh

Money Mobile Practitioner

Kickstart your DFS career

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.