The significant contribution that financial inclusion can make to achieving inclusive economic growth and the Sustainable Development Goals has gained global recognition.
This course will provide you with relevant knowledge on the following key financial inclusion policy areas – proportionate application of global standards, consumer protection, the digital route to financial inclusion, national strategies, measuring impact of financial inclusion.
The course will help develop skills to develop and analyse policies and design strategies to implement them with a special focus on developing countries.
This online training is developed and implemented as joint initiative between Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI). You will benefit from world class education experience of a top-ranked business school, combined with the expertise from the world`s leading organization for financial inclusion policymakers.
What Do We Offer?
|Before July 15, 2021||EUR 1,350*|
|After July 15, 2021||EUR 1,550*|
Final exam fee: An additional final exam fee will be charged for the second and third final exam attempt
Payment in instalments is unfortunately not possible.
*subject to change
Financial regulators, management and staff of financial service providers, both banks and non-banks, who are either working on developing regulations pertaining to financial inclusion or need to be aware of the regulatory aspects to help design and deliver financial services that promote financial inclusion. Consultants, professionals and students from the financial inclusion domain will also benefit from the course by understanding the strategic and regulatory framework that promotes financial inclusion.
The course takes approx. 6 months assuming 3-4 hours of self-study per week. It consists of 7 mandatory units. The units need to be completed in a sequence. The next unit opens only if you complete the online test of the previous unit.
|Course Start||Course End||Registration||Early Bird|
|Sept. 1||Feb. 28||Jun. 1 - Sept. 30||By Jul. 15|
|Mar. 1||Aug. 31||Dec. 1 - Mar. 31||By Jan. 15|
All our courses contribute to the following SDGs
This course will enhance your knowledge in the following SDGs. The SWA offers professional and executive courses dedicated to the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This course provides a broad understanding of the designing and implementation of financial regulatory frameworks. It covers in detail the following financial inclusion policy areas – proportionate application of global standards, consumer education and empowerment, national strategies that ensure a coordinate approach to financial inclusion, measuring impact of financial inclusion. It also focuses on three core components that drive financial inclusion – financing of micro, small and medium enterprises, microfinance and microinsurance and taking the digital route to financial inclusion.
Suggestions & recommendations
While you decide on the timing and pace of your learning experience we would like to give you some recommendations on how to get the most out of this course:
Your schedule: We will provide you a course schedule including voluntary and mandatory deadlines. The course schedule serves as guideline for your personal learning schedule and will help you completing the programme within the given time frame.
Exercises: Even though the exercises in the script are not mandatory we strongly advise you to use them as an opportunity to check your knowledge and to prepare for the final exam.
Assignments: With the assignments you will learn how to apply the knowledge learned during the course. It is important that you take time to read the necessary material and to solve the assignment.
Networking Opportunities: Use the forum to introduce yourself your peers and start interesting discussions.
Unit 1: Aligning the Goals of Financial Inclusion, Integrity, and Stability
This introductory session provides you a broad understanding of the designing and implementation of regulatory frameworks for financial inclusion. The objective of this unit is to appreciate the importance of the relationship between financial inclusion and the core mandate of financial regulators to safeguard financial stability and integrity. The unit shares the role of the various global standard setting bodies (SSBs) in enhancing financial inclusion.
The unit also presents the challenges of implementing a proportionate policy and regulatory approach at the country level which achieves an effective balance between the three pillars of inclusion, integrity and stability. Technology has great potential to positively impact financial inclusion. The unit discusses different kinds of RegTech and FinTech and their growth in controlled environments such as the Regulatory Sandboxes.
Unit 3: Digital Financial Services
The role of digital financial services in promoting financial inclusion is significant and it is inevitable that all concerned stakeholders of financial inclusion would opt the digital route in the future. The last unit of this course thus focuses on how the digital medium is relevant for the discussions in the previous units. The unit starts with basic terminologies to ensure an agreed understanding. It shares international examples to showcase the potential of DFS. It highlights the DFS ecosystem and its stakeholders and highlights the regulatory aspects that are required to ensure a coordinated approach among the diverse stakeholders of the DFS ecosystem.
Unit 5: MSME Finance
Promoting MSME provides a channel to assist people from the lower income population to increase their income, to be financially active and included. Given the significant contribution of MSME to enhancing financial inclusion, this unit provides participants the understanding of the issues in access to finance for MSMEs and the possible regulatory solutions. It discusses the debate on defining MSMEs in a country context, the need for product diversity and the elements of a supportive financial infrastructure to enhance access to finance for MSME. Given the critical role of women in MSME, it highlights country examples which have excelled in women led MSME initiatives.
Unit 2: Measuring Financial Inclusion
The impact of financial inclusion is significantly reduced in the absence of a framework that measures financial inclusion. This unit is very critical as it describes the role of quality data in developing financial inclusion policies and the indicators which help measuring financial inclusion. It discusses in detail both demand and supply side data, qualitative and quantitative data and the use of global and national level data and how they contribute to policy making and lead to result based monitoring and evaluation of financial inclusion. This is a core component of any national strategy on financial inclusion.
Unit 4: Consumer Empowerment and Market Conduct
This unit focuses on the other end of the continuum – the consumers. Financial inclusion ensures that many first-time end users join the formal financial system and thus it is important that they are educated to be able to make the best use of the services and to be protected. This unit will help to develop a clear understanding of issues and good practices in consumer empowerment and will help to develop skills to be able to design, improve, review regulatory and/or institutional policies related to market conduct and supervision practices.
Unit 6: Microcredit, Microsavings and Microinsurance
Unit 6 illustrates the alternative financial inclusion products and policies that play a main role in providing access to finance to the low-income population. A right mix of financial products is key to effective financial inclusion and thus the unit presents the microfinance products: microsavings, microcredit and microinsurance. The unit focusses on the need for effective, affordable, diverse products and services for the low income to benefit the most from them. The unit also discusses the regulations that guide these alternative products and delivery channels.
Unit 7: National Financial Inclusion Strategies
There is empirical evidence that financial inclusion is higher in countries that have a documented financial inclusion strategy. This unit presents the need for a financial inclusion strategy to design a comprehensive and coordinated approach which connects the financial inclusion continuum described in the previous units – from the financial regulators to the consumers. It presents a step by step guide to develop a strategy, including how to monitor the implementation and progress made.
*subject to change
The flexibility of our courses offers you the opportunity to follow you own schedule and to combine daily work with professional development.
The highest quality offered will immediately improve your daily job performance as well as the performance of your institution.
Each unit ends with an online test comprising a set of 10 - 15 multiple choice questions. Only after having successfully completed an online test you will gain access to the next unit.
A PDF script is for most of our courses the main studying material. This reading material provides basic concepts and principles applicable to the subject of each unit.
The key to successful learning is the immediate use of newly acquired knowledge and the transfer of theory into practice. Our online courses are therefore supplemented by mandatory assignments.
A course discussion forum enables the interaction between participants and trainers and facilitates the exchange of experiences as well as possibilities to ask questions or get clarifications.
Passing a final examination is a requirement for obtaining your certificate.
If you do not wish to take the final exam, you will receive a confirmation of course participation after completing the course.
Ricardo has been the tutor for the Certified Expert in Financial Inclusion Policy course at Frankfurt School for a number of years. He also works with the financial regulation institution in his home country Guatemala, where he leads a regulations team that is mainly in charge of risk management and financial inclusion projects, among other regulatory topics. In such capacity, he is currently also leading his country’s NFIS Technical Implementation Committee.
The Certified Expert in Financial Inclusion Policy e-learning
course is a joint collaboration of Alliance for Financial
Inclusion (www.afi-global.org) and Frankfurt School.
The development of this e-learning course was funded by the
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
AFI is a unique member owned network of regulators from
over 90 countries working together to accelerate the adoption
of proven and innovative financial inclusion policy solutions
with the ultimate aim of making financial services more
accessible to the world’s unbanked. It is based on the idea that
a global knowledge exchange platform is key to expanding
and improving financial inclusion policy. Thus, the collaboration
brings together Frankfurt School, one of the top business schools
in Europe, and AFI the world’s leading organization on financial
inclusion policy and regulation.
As a network organisation, capacity building of its members –
which in turn contributes to the growth of the network and the
sector – is a key objective of AFI. Capacity building initiatives
include member trainings, knowledge exchange visits, peer
learning. These have been very well attended and the demand
has been increasing significantly for advanced training on these
topics and also to induct more members and other stakeholders
into financial inclusion policy.
An online version in partnership with Frankfurt School is
expected to bridge this gap by reaching out to a larger audience.
This will also contribute to the growth of the sector to which we
Master of Leadership in Sustainable Finance
The Certified Expert in Financial Inclusion Policy is an Elective Module of the Master of Leadership in Sustainable Finance. Join our Master programme after completing the CEFI course and waive one elective module. Also, the amount you paid for the course will be deducted from the final tuition fee of the Master programme.
Diploma in Financial Inclusion
The Certified Expert in Financial Inclusion Policy is part of the curriculum of our Diploma in Financial Inclusion. Enroll to our Diploma after completing the CEFI course and waive one module. Also, the amount you paid for the course will be deducted from the final tuition fee of the Diploma.