Our Mission

To build and bridge professions in sectors which are aligned with the U.N. Sustainability Goals, and which will ultimately lead to the building of equitable and inclusive economies, particularly in low to middle income countries.

We build comprehensive capacity development programmes that go beyond the classroom.

Digital Frontiers 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 convening of affiliated professionals in cities across developing markets as well as the moderation of online webinars, seminars, and events.

Brands

DFI delivers exceptional blended learning experiences to students through our online campus and in person peer to peer learning through our Communities of Practice.  Our learning experiences extend beyond the classroom with our continued professional development activities which include webinars, podcasts and events.

Gateway builds exceptional digital learning experiences and is at the forefront of experiential learning, continuing to innovate in the digital learning space.  Through their extensive experience of delivering digital learning in low to middle income countries, Gateway has developed a groundbreaking framework for outcomes and unparalleled user experience.

The Pathway to 17 Summit focuses on how we go about developing capacity to support the achievement of the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.  The Summit provides participants with the opportunity to explores some of the innovations and advances being made as well as open up dialogue and put us on a collaborative path to achieving the SDG goals.

Programmes

Certified Digital Finance Practitioner

A 3-year programme 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.

Lear more about our Certified Digital Finance Practitioner journey.

Gender Equality Changemakers

In support of SDG5, we’re working to up-skill hundreds of Gender Equality Changemakers that will go on to initiate projects that will contribute to a more equitable society. This programme 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.

Learn more about the Gender Equality Changemakers Programme.

Digital Financial Inclusion Supervision

The focus of the Digital Financial Inclusion Supervision (DFIS) programme is to build the capacity of financial supervisors who are often overlooked. Without effective supervision, DFSPs may take excessive risks that could jeopardize financial and gender inclusion, consumer protection, financial integrity and/or financial stability.  This programme is delivered in partnership with the Toronto Center and CGAP.

Learn more about our Digital Financial Inclusion Supervision Programme.

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.

Learn more about Instant and Inclusive Payment Systems. 

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.

Inclusive Economies

Digital innovations in the areas of energy, agriculture, health, education, and mobility are already transforming how people access and use a range of services.  Building inclusive digital economies addresses pressing development challenges; it harnesses digital transformation in an inclusive manner to reach people at the last mile, and accelerates progress towards the SDGs.

Partnering

At Digital Frontiers we are looking to partner with organisations who share our vision and mission.  If you are you interested in collaborating, contributing, or funding any of our initiatives or have any other global challenges you are looking to address through similar initiatives please get in touch: info@digitalfrontiers.org.

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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