Financial Inclusion

Customers and Users of Digital Payments

Financial Inclusion

$250

Financial Aid Available


This 4-week 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 digital financial services contribute to improving the lives of lower-income or otherwise disadvantaged groups of people and gain tools to make decisions on the measurement of impact.

*Available in French

Course Details

Start Date

Oct 28, 2022

Application Deadline

Oct 23, 2022

Duration

4 Weeks

Delivery

Online
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Certification

Digital Frontiers Institute
Financial Inclusion

Course Information

Is This Course For You?

This 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.

What Are The Intended Outcomes?

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.

Curriculum Outline

Module 1


Introduction

  • Why Measure Impact?
  • Pathways to Impact
  • The Trouble with Measuring Impact
  • Broad Methodological Issues

Module 2


Measurement

  • Measuring Poverty and Well-being
  • Measuring Financial Outcomes
  • Responsible Field Research
  • From Correlation to Causation

Module 3


Reporting

  • Academic Researchers
  • Donors and Policymakers
  • Financial Service Providers
  • Impact Investors

Module 4


Evaluation

  • An RCT on Financial Education
  • A Collection of Financial Service RCTs
  • Meta Studies
  • Resetting Expectations