Module 1: Trends in digitizing rural finance
October 5-12

Look at global trends in digital rural finance and the various successful business models led by MNOs, banks and e-commerce.

Emilio Hernandez, CGAP 

Module 2: Customer centricity
October 12-19

Explore techniques for improving the customer experience along the client journey when designing financial services for farming families.

Gerhard Coetzee, CGAP

Module 3: Market segmentation
October 19-26

Examine market segmentation, with special emphasis on developing ‘personas’ and on women in rural and agricultural livelihoods (WIRAL).

Jaime Anderson, CGAP

Module 4: Financing the smallest farming families
October 26-November 2

Examine approaches microlenders can adopt to manage risk in rural finance, with a special emphasis on female headed farming households.

Linda Jones, Consultant

Module 5: Innovations in digitalizing agricultural value chains
November 2-9

See recent innovations in the digitalization of value chain finance, including new business models and partnerships with agritech firms.

Nathan Were, IFC

Module 6: Innovations in digitalizing smallholder finance
November 9-16

Explore recent innovations in the digitalization of supply chains; how these reduce costs and result in new business models.

Albert Boogaard, Rabo Partnerships

Module 7: Agricultural insurance
November 16-23

Review opportunities to provide insurance at scale for protecting smallholders from production risk and weather-related perils, with a special emphasis on digitalization. 

Andrea Stoppa, Consultant

Module 8: AgriTech and E-Commerce Platforms
November 23-30

Explore e-commerce firms and agritechs that build rural service ecosystems: e-commerce, payment & financial transactions, agroclimatic data, agronomic advisory, insurance, and supplier companies.

Panos Varangis, IFC

Module 9: Green finance
November 30-December 7

Feature a panel that will speak to different dimensions of the challenge of ‘Green Finance’ in the small and microfinance arena. 

Juan Buchenau, Consultant 

Module 10: Public policies
December 7-14

Examine policies that enable digital rural finance, including G2P programs, agricultural subsidy policies, public-private collaboration for financial innovation.

Toshiaki Ono, World Bank





The program consists of a total of 10 Modules, all of which include Live Sessions with renowned faculty & guests. It also features self-guided work, which includes readings, assignments, group sessions, quizzes, forums, and more. These Self-guided activities take place on our E-Campus, which is based on a Moodle platform, in between the weekly Live Sessions.

The program will last 12 weeks with a total of 65 hours of participant engagement. Early birds cost is US $1,950.

Program participants meet online for a 2-hour Live Session every Wednesday, from 2PM to 4PM GMT and are expected to complete 3-4 additional hours of Self-Guided Work. Senior faculty will be available on Chat or live on some weekdays at designated hours they will set individually.

Registration is open until the official registration deadline on October 4th. The Welcoming Session will be on October 5th, and the official Graduation Ceremony will be on December 21st


Language: English
Format: 12 weeks
Start Date: October 5, 2022
End Date: December 21, 2022
Engagement hours: 65
Cost: US $1,950