Our Mission

To develop skills and capacity amongst professionals in sectors aligned to the U.N. Sustainability Goals, particularly where digitisation and the use of digital tools are fundamental to the success of their industry, organisations and roles, in low-and-middle-income countries where capacity gaps are a significant challenge.

We offer capacity building as a service, particularly for the development sector.

Digital Frontiers primary professional development activities include training and facilitating associations of professionals. Our training activities consist of the design, creation, maintenance and delivery of online executive education courses and seminars through a built-for-purpose digital campus. Network activities include face-to-face convenings of affiliated professionals in cities across developing markets as well as the moderation of online webinars, seminars, and events.

Services

A digital-first school that delivers the teaching and administration of portfolios of courses to thousands of students around the world, from admissions to certification and everything in-between.

An end to end learning services business that offers instructional and learning design, course administration, operations, coaching, hosted a learning management system, and a market place for training service providers.

We facilitate digital convening; helping organizations craft the purpose and outcomes of their digital-first seminars, working groups and conferences.

Initiatives

Digital Health

In support of SDG3, DFI is working on building Digital Health as a profession by designing a program and partnering on a curriculum to establish a league of Certified Digital Health Practitioners. This will be in support of the health workforce in developing countries.

Young Entrepreneurs

In support of SDG8, we’re working on ways to empower young, excluded entrepreneurs with essential skills to start or improve their businesses. We are helping to overcome the youth unemployment crisis by catalyzing economic productivity through innovation and a focus on the informal sectors in Africa’s developing cities.

Gender Equality

In support of SDG5, we’re working to up-skill hundreds of Gender Equality Change makers that will go on to initiate projects that will contribute to a more equal society. This program hopes to equip practitioners with tools to champion economic equality, social justice, sexual and reproductive rights, equality through technology and innovation, gender-based violence, and feminist leadership.

Partnering

Are you interested in collaborating, funding, contributing, or partnering on any of our initiatives? Contact us at info@digitalfrontiers.org.

Programs

Certified Digital Finance Practitioner

A 3-year program of 20 digital finance courses ranging from digital money and leading digital markets to the regulation of financial services, customers and uses of digital payments, technology and operational enablers. Providing a career linked professional certification in digital financial services

Instant and Inclusive Payment Systems

A collaboration between The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and Digital Frontiers to establish a league of digital finance professionals that are specialized in Instant and Inclusive Payment Systems (IIPS).  The outcome is to rapidly expand the base of professionals who are articulate in the principles and requirements of IIPS as well as equip implementing teams with skills, linked to their individual project roles.

Funders and some of the partners that have helped us get to where we are today

Impact

Digital Frontiers has over the years, tracked its value as a capacity-building institution by monitoring and measuring impact. Our scope for measuring our impact is on the places and the people to whom we provide our courses. In addition to surveying students before and after training, 6,12, and 18 months post-completion, we commission third-party monitoring and evaluation exercises each year to measure impact on practitioners, organizations, and even countries that take our courses. 

The output of the most recent (2019) assessment is five case studies (two countries and three institutions involved in Digital Finance in Africa) and a Monitoring and Measurement of Results report. The two country case studies are of Zambia and Uganda, while Bank of Kigali, MTN, and Accion were selected for institution-level impact case studies. All six studies reveal a common thread regarding the value that institutions and countries gain by partnering with us, consistent with prior years M&E exercises. 

Digital frontiers have already exceeded most five-year objectives by the end of its fourth year. DFI has built and launched courses with over 250,000 instructional hours through 6,300 completions by 4600 unique students from 139 countries and 1460 organizations. With pass rates exceeding 80%, we’ve exceeded our 30% gender equity target (currently at 34%) and public sector target of 20% (currently at 22%). 

Students have consistently rated DFI courses highly, citing improved knowledge about digital financial services; increased awareness of international examples and opportunities in the wider sector; increased confidence in the student’s ability to use their knowledge to participate in conversations and apply what they’ve learned inside workplaces or communities of practice.  

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