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MicroEnsure launches health plan in Tanzania

Access to primary healthcare is one of the major challenges faced by communities in rural areas of Tanzania. Most facilities lack the staff, equipment or services required to provide an adequate standard of treatment.

MicroEnsure, in partnership with the PharmAccess Foundation, have launched a health plan serving members of the Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union (KNCU) in the Kilimanjaro area of North Tanzania.

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PlaNet Guarantee seeking Microinsurance Project Coordinator in Kenya

PlaNet Guarantee is looking for a Microinsurance Project Coordinator to implement a project on index-based crop insurance in Kenya. The objective is to provide low income farmers with a risk management tool against climate change and specific weather risks in order to safeguard their livelihood and foster economic development.

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Webinar on the business viability of microinsurance

More insurers are increasingly interested in expanding into the low-income market. But is there a business case for microinsurance? Under what circumstances can insurance companies generate profit while providing valued risk management services to the poor? How can commercial viability be sustained over time?

To initiate discussions around these questions, the ILO’s Microinsurance Innovation Facility is organising a 75-minute interactive session on the business viability of microinsurance. The webinar will examine the findings of a recent cross-case study entitled "A Business Case for Microinsurance" and discuss two very different business models, and their drive towards commercial viability.

The online webinar will take place on Thursday 24 November 2011 between 13h00 - 14h15 (CET).

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Become a fellow of the Microinsurance Innovation Facility

The ILO's Microinsurance Innovation Facility has a Fellowship Programme, which aims to nurture a new generation of microinsurance experts to help microinsurance providers improve the value of services they provide to low-income people.

It allows young professionals to gain hands-on experience in microinsurance by working onsite in a microinsurance programme under the remote guidance of a mentor and, at the same time, to build the institutional capacity of the host organisation. The assignments, based in developing countries, last from 6 to 12 months and are learning opportunities, not offers of employment.

There are current four vacancies available:

  • Centre for Financial Regulation and Inclusion (Cenfri) in South Africa
  • Hygeia Community Health Plan (HCHP) in Nigeria
  • Star Micro in Ghana
  • Kenya Orient Insurance Limited (KOIL) in Kenya

Application deadline is 30 November 2011.

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Gret's microinsurance project in Cambodia

Gret, 14 November 2011

For USD 5 per person per year, SKY, a microinsurance project implemented by Gret and is an acronym for "the health of our families" in Khmer, provides Cambodians with health insurance that covers health care ranging from the simplest care to complex surgery.

The interview with Marielle Goursat, Head of the SKY Microinsurance Project in Cambodia, examines the reasoning behind the project, details of the product, and finally what the future holds for SKY.

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New edition of MicroEnsure's Microinsurance Matters available

Microinsurance Matters N°12The new edition of MicroEnsure's quarterly newsletter focuses on the activities and achievements of the organisation. Most notable are the three awards MicroEnsure has received recently reflecting the innovation and leadership it brings to microinsurance and the development sector. Other articles in the newsletter include:

  • M-Insurance expands to Tanzania
  • Is mandatory loan insurance a necessary evil?
  • Question & Answer: Juliet Kyokunda

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MIA receives award at the Asia Insurance Industry Awards

At the 15th award ceremony of Asia Insurance Industry Awards, held in Singapore and attended by more than 600 senior executives from the industry, the Micro Insurance Academy (MIA) was awarded the “Educational Service Provider of the Year 2011 Special Award” to honor its contribution of bringing insurance to the masses. It is the second year in a row that MIA has received this award, and they are the only awardee working in the microinsurance domain.

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