Rethinking Financial Inclusion: Innovation for Policy and Practice
Applications may be submitted after the deadline and will be considered if space remains. Please contact the program director for additional information.
Program Fee: The program fee includes tuition, housing, curricular materials and most meals.
Executive Certificate: This program is part of the Economic Development Executive Certificate series.
Over the last three decades, the world has witnessed unprecedented expansion of access to financial services for the underserved. Now the question becomes: How do you leverage the potential of this broader financial access to foster entrepreneurship, reduce poverty and improve well-being?
Today’s leaders must focus on designing financial products that meet the needs of underserved populations while ensuring the sustainability of financial providers. Successful solutions will require novel thinking and technically sound analysis of evidence including client data, rigorous impact evaluations and insights from the behavioral sciences.
An Evidence-Based Framework
Rethinking Financial Inclusion is an executive education program exploring frontier issues in finance for the underserved. Led by Harvard professors with years of experience designing and evaluating financial innovations, this one-week program combines an evidence-based approach with theoretical insights to expose leaders like you to the changing landscape of finance, enhance your understanding of client needs and equip you with the tools you need to design financial products that will satisfy them.
Rethinking Financial Inclusion will enable you to:
- Learn how to apply evidence to design innovative financial services that meet client needs in evolving environments.
- Practice negotiation strategies critical to effectively leading organizational change.
- Examine how behavioral insights inform financial decision making.
- Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of financial products.
Rethinking Financial Inclusion is offered in collaboration with the Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) program at the Center for International Development at Harvard University.