How Market Forces Can Drive Economic Inclusion

Fletcher LIVE Online Course

Course Format:

  • 5 weeks from start to finish
  • 2 hours of live class per week (10 hours total)
  • ~20-25 total hours of effort

Professor Kim Wilson

Credential: Fletcher Executive Certificate of Completion

Course Dates:
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Program Description

Have you ever wondered, how in some instances, harnessing the power of the market can promote development and inclusion? Join Fletcher LIVE Online to learn how you can leverage the double-bottom line to reach previously ignored populations of workers, agents, and customers. Think big about the social impact of your organization and hone your strategy to create inclusion beyond the walls of your team.

Using lectures, case studies, and human-centered design activities, each class explores a different method for tapping value chains and market ecosystems. We will examine how NGOs and businesses have achieved success with market-driven inclusion and learn how these principles can be applied in new contexts.

The course begins by delving into the financial and economic lives of low-income people. Armed with that knowledge, we then turn to strategies in financial services, product distribution, and education and how they can be scaled at the last mile.  We will analyze modalities such as social franchising and agent-based distribution and learn how to harness them for inclusion.

We will also debate uncomfortable ethical dilemmas.  In this course, you will come away with a deeper understanding of how to navigate these challenges, and you will gain skills in business design, analysis, and presentation, which will help you apply your learning to your own leadership.

Who should enroll:

This course is widely applicable for professionals who engage with market growth, market strategy, business strategy, and inclusion in their organization. We encourage leaders from the private sector, nonprofit sector, NGOs, and public service to register. The diversity of the learning community in this course facilitates a dynamic learning environment, and we encourage you to register regardless of your industry background.

No specific technical skills or prerequisites are required to succeed in this course.

In this course, you will…

  • Understand the economic models and financial systems that impact low-income populations.
  • Analyze inclusive financial services, value chains, and ecosystems.
  • Design inclusive business strategies.
  • Build your professional network.
Learn more about this course from your faculty, Kim Wilson.

Meet your Faculty:

Kim Wilson
Senior Lecturer, International Business and Human
Security Senior Fellow, Center for Emerging Market Enterprises, Institute for Business in a Global Context

Kim Wilson has consulted widely to organizations like CGAP at the World Bank, United Nations Development Fund and many international NGOs. Prior to joining Fletcher, Kim Wilson was Program Director for Catholic Relief Services in South Asia as well as Global Director for Microfinance. With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she launched the Fletcher Leadership Program in Financial Inclusion, a nine-month program for financial regulators. She has published on microfinance and the financial aspects of transcontinental migration.

Read her full bio here.