Curriculum

Hosted by The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, fellows enjoy privileged access to cutting edge research, library catalogues, top-notch faculty, and a breathtaking campus. They graduate with a Certificate of Completion issued by Tufts University.

The fellowship has three parts:

Part One: Online Course
Beginning in January, fellows complete 12 online modules, combining independent work with collaborative online discussions with peers. The modules cover topics in Financial Inclusion, and give fellows a chance to interact with their colleagues on a digital platform. Fellows are also expected to complete two market research assignments.

Part 2: Fletcher Residency
A two-week residential training held at Tufts University and key locations in the Boston area in early May. The Residency blends research, negotiation, and presentation trainings with expert lectures and case discussions.

Part 3: Closing Sessions at the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) Global Policy Forum (GPF)
Past and present Fellows convene at the AFI GPF to review their progress in implementing new policy initiatives and collaborate with peers.

The FLPFI curriculum is built on our proprietary Eight Question Method for Policy Creation (8QM). The curriculum blends online and in-person instruction, where fellows are expected to actively engage through readings, discussions, and assignments. The 8QM is an adaptive framework which guides fellows through a series of highly interactive workshops, and applied to individual cases via individual deliverables and coaching.

The two-week residency blends both lectures and workshops, as fellows continue learning about technical inclusion topics, learn new skills related to negotiation, persuasion, communication and leadership, and work though FLPFI’s unique “eight policy questions”.

Many executive education programs cover topics in financial inclusion, but few ask participants to produce meaningful outputs and many lack the depth of focus needed to address challenges specific to policymakers.

At Fletcher, fellows generate their own outputs, including primary data collection, analysis, and oral and written communication. Additionally, all participants are active civil servants, allowing the curriculum to be tailored to unique challenges facing the public sector.