Insights and perspectives

This blog provides a platform for sharing insights and perspectives on topical issues in microinsurance. If there is a topic you would like to write about, please contact the Network secretariat.

What’s in a number? Divergent outreach reporting

Microinsurance is a new sector and understanding its extent of reach and overall performance through the lens of data and numbers is crucial for its development. For the sector to develop, stakeholders need data to understand reach, evaluate performance and design appropriate products which are valuable to clients. The numbers tell the story of the impact that microinsurance is making or is expected to make.

Technology, social inclusion and regulatory innovations in the insurance industry in Europe

The Microinsurance Network attended the 2017 FARAD Finance Forum which took place in Luxembourg earlier this month. Organised by FARAD International, an independent insurance broker specialised in the Private Life Insurance sector, the event was held as a full-day forum for the first time, and brought together players of the three pillars of the financial industry: the banking sector, the insurance industry and investment funds.

Microinsurance innovators and The Financial Inclusion Challenge

While microcredit and savings have historically dominated the financial-inclusion conversation, there is growing recognition for the innovative ways that microinsurers are bringing services to the people who need them most.

“The Financial Inclusion Challenge” competition, run by The Wall Street Journal, showcases nonprofit and for-profit enterprises that are solving problems of financial access for the poor in the Asia-Pacific region.

7 things I learned from the Microinsurance Network field trip and workshop on microinsurance distribution

What if you could simply swipe your card every time you wanted to pay for a minibus taxi ride? That might be more convenient than carrying the right change in cash... But what about if you are automatically insured for the trip you’re about to take, as a result of using that card? Now that’s an incentive, isn’t it?

African countries’ experiences and perspectives from the 6th Consultative Forum

The second day of the 6th Consultative Forum on “Innovative products for the emerging consumer”, in Marrakesh, was organised into two breakout sessions, for regulators and industry participants to present insights and propose recommendations for microinsurance innovative product development.
 
Product design
Microinsurance products need to be designed in a way that is socially responsible and adds value to the end consumer.

What future for donor engagement in microinsurance?

The Expert Forum “Understanding donor engagements in microinsurance”, organised by the Network last month with support from Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A),  presented findings from the the landscape of donor activity study, commissioned by the Network in 2015 and carried out by LMG Consulting and centred on the future outlook for donors in the microinsurance space and the priority areas in which they aim to focus their funding efforts going forward.

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