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Transition from Switch to the League of Digital Finance Professionals

Earlier this year, DFI decided to move from using our sister platform to campus – Switch, with the aim of increasing interaction, collaboration and learning.

At the end of March, we launched the League of Digital Finance Professionals, a global moderated CoP, on LinkedIn. We now have almost 600 members of the group, with members sharing, commenting and liking posts within the group. Looking at a 6-day snapshot in June, we had 26 posts on 15 DFS related topics, which had 71 likes and 25 comments. Our most active post had  14 likes and 8 comments.

The topics discussed include:

  • Community updates
  • Libra & central bank digital currency
  • Remittances
  • Humanitarian
  • Savings
  • Digital money
  • Agriculture
  • Superplatforms
  • AML
  • National Switch
  • Digital ID
  • Machine learning
  • Payment systems
  • Fintech
  • Customer centricity

Seven webinars have been facilitated since March, with over 250 alumni/professionals attending. Our most popular webinar so far was, perhaps unsurprisingly, about Libra – which was hosted by DFI’s three founders, Gavin Krugel, Ignacio Mas and David Porteous. If you missed out can catch-up on this Libra webinar and all our webinars from our website.

Four more webinars are running in July-August, including our first ever French webinar. We encourage you to sign up for webinars to update and share your knowledge.  All upcoming webinar announcements and subsequent recordings are shared in the League of Digital Finance Professionals – so that is another great reason to join the group!

In April, we began a knowledge bank, which is a cultivated source of resources we feel DFS professionals will find relevant and useful.  Currently the bank has 140 resources, and more are being added to on a weekly basis. The knowledge bank also hosts our webinars and blog pages. You can search for resources in two ways, using the categories which we’ve divided resources into or typing terms into a search function.

We’ve already had feedback from our alumni about how useful they are finding this functionality and our analytics confirms this. Between May & June 2019, 1014 hits to these pages were recorded and the resources pages had 565 unique visitors, the blog page had 202 and the webinars page has 178.

We are so pleased to see so much more engagement and use of these platforms. We encourage all our alumni to make the most of the opportunities to keep updated, share your knowledge and network on a global scale, and if you have suggestions for us on ways we can develop and improve, please do email Sarah Corley: Sarah@digitalfrontiersinstitute.org

Sarah Corley
Sarah is DFI's Community & Professional Development Manager, and is responsible for providing opportunities for capacity building of DFS professionals and DFI alumni outside of our online course provision. She has over 19 years of experience within the learning and capacity development within the development and health sector, and is passionate about being a catalyst for change.

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