Kimberley Wilson

Kim Wilson

160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
Research/Areas of Interest:

Financial Aspects of Transcontinental Migration


  • M.B.A., Simmons College
  • B.A., Wellesley College


Kim Wilson is Sr. Lecturer at The Fletcher School, while also serving on the board of the Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs. Prior to joining Fletcher in 2005, she was Program Director for Catholic Relief Services in South Asia as well as Global Director for Microfinance. Since joining Fletcher she has consulted widely to organizations like CGAP at the World Bank, United Nations Development Fund and many international NGOs. With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she launched the Fletcher Leadership Program in Financial Inclusion, a nine month program designed for financial regulators. While at Fletcher, she has taught courses in market approaches to development, financial inclusion, human security, poverty and development, and qualitative research methods. She has co-edited and authored books on microfinance and more recently has published on the financial aspects of transcontinental migration. Funds from GiZ, Open Society Foundations, the International Rescue Committee and Catholic Relief Services have allowed her to launch The Journeys Project - a web portal showcasing her own research and that of fellow masters and Ph.D. students on the financial journeys of transcontinental migrants and refugees.

Areas of expertise

Economic Development
Humanitarian Affairs
International Business

Professional Activities

Board of Advisors: Trickle Up, Linked Foundation, iBuild Global, Council for Financial Inclusion, and many specific initiatives on financial inclusion and migration for various UN agencies.


  • The U.S Presidential Award for Excellence
  • The Paddock Award (Fletcher) for Outstanding Teaching.

Courses taught

Selected Publications and Presentations


Wilson, Kim. "The New Microfinance." Journal of Microfinance 4, no. 2 (2002): 217-245.

"Principled Practices of Microfinance." (2001);

Wilson, Kim. "Exodus: Why Customers Leave." MicroBanking Bulletin 6, (2001): 17-19.

Wilson, Kim. "Microfinance Myopia: Lessons from the Mainstream." Journal of Microfinance 3, no. 1 (2001): 1-17.


Co-Editor, Financial Promise for the Poor: How groups build microsavings, 2010, Kumerian Press.

Wilson, Kim and Gaye Burpee. The Resilient Family Farm: Supporting Agricultural Development and Rural Economic Growth. Stylus Publishing, 2004.

Wilson, Kim. The Board Rules: Founding an MFI Board. Pact Publications, 2001


Savings Groups at the Frontier, Practical Action Publishing, 2013; The Financial Elements of Human Smuggling in Global Human Smuggling, Johns Hopkins Press, forthcoming.

The Financial Elements of Migration, Migration Handbook, Elgar Press, forthcoming.

"The Moneylender's Dilemma" in "What's Wrong with Microfinance?", ITDG (2007)