Courses

START BUILDING YOUR SKILLS IN DIGITAL FINANCIAL SERVICES

The first step in your journey to becoming a digital finance professional is training and certification.

Digital Frontiers Institute (DFI)  brings you a range of courses that have been designed to address pivotal knowledge gaps, enabling you to confidently participate in conversations, exchange ideas and apply these learnings to your work.

This will ultimately lead to your professional growth as a peer in this disruptive industry.

DFI’s founders are David Porteous (Chairman), Gavin Krugel (CEO) and Ignacio Mas (Executive Director).

Courses

Certificate in Digital Money

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This course, certified by The Fletcher School in the USA, is the foundation course covering all aspects of the digital payments and digital financial services ecosystem and value chain, beyond what one would normally find in a course on money and banking.

  • 12 weeks to complete
  • Self-paced, you will require 6 – 8 hours per week
  • The course is delivered online in a digital classroom

 

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Leading Digital Money Markets: A Global Tour

DFI-Logo-low-resThis course, certified by The Fletcher School, 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.

 

  • 12 weeks to complete
  • Self-paced, you will require 6 – 8 hours per week
  • The course is delivered online in our digital classroom

 

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Bitcoin: Back to the Future

DFI-Logo-low-resThis course is a general introduction to the emerging world of distributed ledgers and internet-based value exchange systems. We focus specifically on bitcoin as a leading example of the broader set of cryptocurrencies; and we focus on the operation of basic money transfers though we also explore a broader set of non-financial applications.

  • The course is delivered online in our digital classroom
  • 4 weeks to complete

 

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Operationalizing Mobile Money

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Taking a closer look at all the aspects one needs to consider when building your mobile money business. We provide practical insights and draw from experiences across the globe to gain an understanding of what a best-in-class mobile money business may look like.

This course also provides important tools to help build a more resilient mobile money organization.

 

  • The course is delivered online in our digital classroom
  • 5 weeks to complete

 

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Consumer Protection as a Business Strategy

DFI-Logo-low-resThe digital financial services industry is experiencing remarkable growth, in terms of the number of providers in the market, the increasing complexity of services on offer, and the number of accounts being opened. These new digital financial services are seen as the greatest opportunity to achieve global financial inclusion goals, as most new customers are previously unbanked.

These new, vulnerable consumers need to feel a greater sense of control, to build up enough trust in these complex new services, to be able to confidently become more active without fear of harm. Consumer protection is a set of principles and guidelines which, when implemented appropriately, cannot only protect these new digital financial services customers from harm but will also increase customer activity rates, thereby helping digital financial services businesses to achieve their strategic goals earlier.

  • The course is delivered online in our digital classroom
  • 4 weeks to complete

 

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Digital Identity

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The course exposes you to the rapidly emerging category of private ID providers, new models, business cases and finally provides an understanding on the development of a digital identity strategy and the different environments affecting it.

We focus on how it is affected by global developments, understanding SDGs and financial inclusion issues and explore the impact of digital evolution gaining insight into trust frameworks. The course provides an understanding of ID approaches zooming in on how the roles of authority and use cases varies. We unpack categories of digital ID schemes and extract insights from eID examples from the developing world. The course exposes you to the rapidly emerging category of private ID providers and new models and business cases. And finally provides an understanding on the development of a digital identity strategy and the different environments affecting it.

  • The course is delivered online in our digital classroom
  • 4 weeks to complete

 

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Remittances in the Digital Age

DFI-Logo-low-resThis course offers a comprehensive perspective on how the remittance industry has developed and evolved and how it operates today. We will look at the history of these cross-border payments, established and emerging actors and mechanisms, the needs and interests of clients, and how technological and business innovations continue to open new frontiers for the remittance market. Unlike the vast majority of cross-border payments, which are made by international corporations and banks, remittances are made person-to-person and usually in low amounts.

The typical sender is an economic migrant who has left home to find more profitable work in another country, and the typical receiver is a family member who remains back home. But even through this very special kind of international money transfer use case represents a fraction of all cross-border payments, the World Bank estimates that it adds up to some 600 billion USD annually, and the Sustainable Development Goals have established targets for reducing the cost of these transactions. back home.

  • The course is delivered online in our digital classroom.
  • 4 weeks to complete

 

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AML-CFT: Regulation & Compliance

DFI-Logo-low-resThis course is a general introduction to world of money laundering, terror financing and proliferation financing and the regulatory frameworks, policy and analytical tools required to combat them. We focus on the importance of the Financial Action Task Force’s 40 recommendations and the implications for government institutions, financial intermediaries and designated non-financial businesses and professions in countering money laundering and terror financing. More importantly, the course provides an understanding of the complex terrain, addressing the various analytical tools and skills required to identify suspicious transactions while developing skills for risk-based assessments both at a country and entity level. And finally, the course provides insights into various digital and technological interventions, the importance of artificial intelligence, blockchains and big-data analytics as practical interventions in curbing illicit and illegal financial flows.

  • The course is delivered online in our digital classroom
  • 4 weeks to complete

 

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