Let me first tell you a bit about me: I am a specialist in Microfinance and Financial Inclusion owning a degree in Economics (cum-laude) from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and a Master degree in Microfinance for Entrepreneurship (current Master in Microfinance and Financial Inclusion) from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid by grant from the Carolina Foundation (best qualification of promotion 2016).
I did the Certified Expert in Microfinance (CEMF) offered by FSDF e-Campus back in 2014. Taking this experience in mind, I decided to improve my profile a bit more and stumbled upon their newly launched course Certified Expert in Financial Inclusion Policy (CEFI). I am delighted to join the course in its very first intake. Like CEMF, CEFI has been a magnificent journey around the most avant-garde topics of Financial Inclusion.
Practically and research relevant
I must say that the CEFI course has not only nurtured me academically, but also professionally. This course has provided me with the most relevant and recent practical knowledge that I could gain. The course is developed in coordination with AFI (Alliance for Financial Inclusion), a leading body in this field from Malaysia. This not only provides me with the most recent and important research but also practical knowledge right from the field because every unit of the CEFI course has practical examples boxes with cases from all around the world
Being said that, with the support of the course material and content, I have been able to better implement high impact projects in financial inclusion. For example, contributing as a content specialist in the creation of the first Latin American platform for financial inclusion, FINCLUSION; designing and teaching in the first course on Financial Inclusion and Microfinance in Argentina launched at Universidad Católica Argentina; or having written dozens of articles in local and international media on financial inclusion (see www.ignaciocarballo.com). In short, CEFI has been a great course of high academic standing and immense value in terms of impact.
What I liked most about CEFI was the bibliographic material. Besides being interesting and enjoyable, what I liked the most was that it is very updated. The bibliography includes articles and information from 2017! That’s a fact that doesn’t happen very often. When we talk about financial inclusion this is a fundamental fact, because it is a field in constant evolution and change and it was nice to read the recent articles in this.
Further, I also enjoy the on-line modality and the fact of having advice via e-mail or discussion forum has been something magnificent. In this online course, I can study wherever I am or whenever I want. Sometimes I am at an airport with some free time where I pick up the course from where I left it.
And not to forget the evaluation methodology seems to me to be very good, mixing different methods of assignment the student is forced to read and deepen in all the topics. This can get tough but I can vouch that it will be worth it. After all, no learning comes easy. It is very well known that its difficult to have an interesting discussions with the tutor or your classmates. But in e-campus courses, you can get in touch with the tutor or classmates with the forum where the tutors are very much active and reply to your questions within a short period of time.
Finally, I would recommend this course to anyone who is really interested in learning tools and best practices to promote financial inclusion in their respective countries. In the future I look forward to FSDF continuing to develop more programs like CEFI.