FLPFI Fellowship 2023

Three years after the Covid-19 pandemic, in May 2023, the FLPFI Fellowship residency was held  at Tufts University. During the two-week intensive residency program, fellows participated in workshops on the 8QM policy development method and worked on their financial inclusion challenges. Distinguished academics, practitioners, and field experts also delivered lectures on a variety of topics including the financial lives of the poor, identifying and testing assumptions, working with the private sector, strategic negotiation and influence, legal options for policymakers, digital financial services, leading financial institutions, policy implementation, foundations of public speaking impact measurement . Also, during the residency, two of the FLPFI alumni, Faiqa Naseem, Joint Director at the State Bank of Pakistan, and Jorge Moncayo, from the Superintendence of Popular and Solidarity Economy (SEPS), Ecuador, presented their experience of applying the 8QM method in developing policies to address the gender gap in financial inclusion in their respective countries.

Throughout the course, the fellows worked on their financial inclusion problems by applying the 8QM method and presented their policy pitches to a panel of academics and field experts on the last day of the program which was held at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts.

Digitalization of Government Payments in Jordan

Recently, the Jordan Payments and Clearing Company (JoPACC) published its research report of Digitalization of Government Payments in Jordan. The research was conducted by Moyad Ghannam, Enas Halaiqah, Nour Khammash, Nad Sarabi, and Leen Hashem of the JoPACC with the technical and financial support of the Fletcher Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion Research Prize.

8QM 2022 Training in Ethiopia

8QM Training in Ethiopia – October 2022

In partnership with the Tufts University Fletcher School Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion (FLPFI), UNCDF coordinated the Eight Question Method (8QM) training to support the work of the Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion (WDFI) Advocacy Hub Ethiopia Coalition to promote strong gender-inclusive financial ecosystems. The 8QM is a proven framework which guides attendees to develop an original project grounded on evidence that seeks to positively impact the livelihoods of the target group they chose to focus on. Read more

Bezawit Fantu

Are Financial Services Only Reserved For The Well-off?

Recent 8QM Ethiopia alum Bezawit Fantu wrote an op-ed for K-flip about how the training will inform her work in closing the gender gap in digital financial services. Read more

Sophia Abu

Blazing a Trail for Women’s Financial Inclusion in Nigeria

Article by 2018 fellowship alum Sophia Abu, Head, Gender Desk – Financial Inclusion Delivery Unit, Central Bank of Nigeria on strategic imperatives for addressing women’s financial inclusion. Read more

Mir Ahmad Shekib
(Photo Credit: Alonso Nichols)

One Year After He Fled His Native Country, An Afghan Rebuilds His Life at Tufts

With a research position at The Fletcher School, a former bank official shares his expertise. Read more

FLPFI Alumni Breakfast in Bogotá, Colombia

Last June FLPFI had the pleasure of hosting an informal working breakfast in Bogotá, Colombia. The purpose of this event was to reconnect with some of our alums and create links between FLPFI Colombian alumni, Fletcher Researchers, and MercyCorps/VenEsperanza implementing partners all working on financial inclusion in Colombia.