Rethinking Financial Inclusion: Innovation for Policy and Practice


Harvard Kennedy School Executive Program

Led by Harvard professors, Rethinking Financial Inclusion combines an evidence-based approach to understanding the market for finance and client needs with theoretical insights on how to design financial products to meet those needs. This executive program convenes leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to provide a conceptual framework for policy and product design, enabling participants to:

  • Deepen their understanding of household and small firm needs and behavioural issues related to financial decision-making;
  • Apply the latest evidence to effectively design financial services to meet client needs in low-income settings;
  • Analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of financial products;
  • Understand the opportunities and challenges posed by "big data" for both product design and regulation;
  • Balance the objectives and constraints of different actors, including clients, financial institutions, regulators and donors; and
  • Use design principles and economic insights to devise regulatory policies that enhance the benefits of financial access for the poor.

Rethinking Financial Inclusion features an evidence-based Smart Design framework to inform the design of financial products in low-income settings based on a keen understanding of both the client and the broader environment. Lectures and case studies will illuminate theory and evidence on key topics in financial access, while group sessions will enable participants to engage directly with the issues.

Application deadline: August 08, 2017

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