The International Microinsurance Conference brings together experts from around the world and from all types of institutions to exchange experiences and discuss the challenges of extending insurance services to low-income people. Since 2005, Munich Re Foundation has organised, in collaboration with the Microinsurance Network, the conferences throughout the globe to extend the discussion platform to a worldwide audience.
6th International Microinsurance Conference in Manila, Philippines (Copyright © Munich Re Foundation)
The 9th International Microinsurance Conference will take place Indonesia from 12 to 14 November 2013. This event will be hosted by the Munich Re Foundation and the Microinsurance Network, supported by the Insurance Council of Indonesia (DAI), the Ministry of Finance of Indonesia, GIZ/BMZ, and the Georgia State University's Center for Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR).
Over 500 participants and experts from around the world will exchange experiences and discuss the challenges of microinsurance. The participants will include representatives of insurance and reinsurance companies, international organisations, NGOs and development-aid agencies as well as academics, policymakers, and supervisory regulators.
The conference aims at distilling and disseminating information on key developments in the microinsurance market. Sessions will engage all stakeholders to recognise opportunities in the low-income market. Presentations must include concrete lessons learnt and recommendations for the audience. Presentations that include details relating to product outreach as well as the financial results will be preferred. Only submissions based on the details of actual results will be considered. To cover subjects that are currently of interest, the conference organisers are calling for proposals on the following themes:
- Viable and valuable microinsurance schemes
- Distribution channels
- Takaful microinsurance
- Microinsurance for migrant workers and their families
- Technology to achieve scale and efficiency
- Failures in microinsurance
- Scientific track – Economic analysis of microinsurance markets
- Call for proposals: 15 March 2013 - View form
- Submission deadline for proposals: 15 May 2013
- Notification of acceptance: 1 August 2013
- Submission of presentations and final papers: 15 September 2013
- Submission of final presentations and papers for the conference: 1 November 2013
Structure and goal of the conference
The conference will have plenary panel discussions on key topics addressing an interdisciplinary audience. Parallel sessions of working groups will deal in depth with different subtopics. Interactive sessions of approximately 90 minutes will be a key part of the conference, facilitating dialogue in small groups on emerging issues.
The 8th International Microinsurance Conference, which took place from 6 to 8 November 2012 in Africa for the third time, brought together a record number of 590 participants from around 60 countries to discuss the challenges and opportunities in microinsurance. Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, opened the 2012 conference. (more)
From 8 to 10 November 2011, the 7th International Microinsurance Conference took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2011 conference, supported by the Brazilian Confederation of Insurers (CNseg), the Superintendence of Private Insurance (SUSEP), GIZ/BMZ and Georgia State University, welcomed over 400 microinsurance experts from 52 countries, including 23 national regulatory authorities. (more)
From 9 to 11 November 2010, the 6th International Microinsurance Conference was held in Manila, Philippines. The event was hosted by Munich Re Foundation and the Microinsurance Network, with support from GTZ/BMZ, the Department of Finance of the Philippines and Georgia State University’s Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk. Over 500 participants from 50 countries attended the conference. (more)
The 5th International Microinsurance Conference was held from 3 to 5 November in Dakar, Senegal, where nearly 400 experts and practitioners from 64 countries discussed new approaches for the provision of affordable insurance products. In a new cooperation venture with the renowned “Journal of Risk and Insurance”, and the support of CIMA, AIO, FANAF and the ILO, experts were invited to present their research. The conference was also awarded The Global Accelerator Award. (more)
The 4th International Microinsurance Conference was held in Cartagena, Colombia from 5 to 7 November 2008 and was supported by Fasecolda, FIDES and the Superintendencia Financiera de Colombia. Around 450 participants from about 50 countries discussed the four main conference topics, which were technology, capacity building, innovation and regulation, supervision and policy. (more)
The 3rd International Microinsurance Conference was held in Mumbai, India from 13 to 15 November 2007 with the support of IRDA (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India). More than 300 microinsurance experts and practitioners discussed the latest trends and developments in microinsurance. One of the focuses of the 2007 conference was issues involving regulation, supervision and policy. (more)
The 2nd Microinsurance Conference took place in Cape Town, South Africa from 21 to 23 November 2006 and was entitled “Making Insurance Work for Africa”. With the support of Finmark Trust, more than 150 experts from international organisations, non-government organisations, development-aid organisations and the insurance industry exchanged experiences and discussed the challenges of insuring low-income households. (more)
The 1st Microinsurance Conference was held in Munich, Germany from 18 to 20 October 2005, and was entitled “Making Insurance Work for the Poor: Current Practices and Lessons Learnt". The purpose of this conference was to present the main findings from the case studies of microinsurance operations around the world, and to use the forum to discuss the recommendations that are emerging from these experiences. (more)