Access to Insurance Initiative launched
The Access to Insurance Initiative was launched on the 22nd October 2009 in Rio de Janeiro. The Initiative is the outcome of the Microinsurance Network's Regulation, Supervision and Policy and the IAIS-RSP Joint Working Group.
The Access to Insurance Initiative is a new collaborative approach between international development agencies and insurance supervisors through the IAIS and will be managed by the GTZ.
It is supported by The International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), Consultative Group for Assisting the Poor (CGAP) and the World Bank, International Labour Organization (ILO), German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the FinMark Trust.
This global programme is designed to strengthen the capacity and understanding of insurance supervisors, and to facilitate their role in expanding access to insurance markets.
"I am thrilled to see the emergence of this Initiative from the cutting edge work of the Microinsurance Network over the years," said the ILO's Craig Churchill, who also serves as the Chair of the Microinsurance Network.
The expected outcome is to contribute towards an improved policy, regulatory and supervisory environment consistent with international insurance standards, encourage investment in the insurance sector, and develop sustainable microinsurance operations in emerging markets.
Microinsurance Network website now available in French and Spanish
The Microinsurance Network is proud to announce that there are now additional pages in French and Spanish available on our website.
The following pages are available in the two languages:
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The Impact Working Group requests your participation in a Stocktaking Initiative
The Impact Working Group of the Microinsurance Network is requesting your participation in a Stocktaking Initiative, a global stocktaking of ongoing impact assessments of microinsurance programs. The goal is to stay current with ongoing research on the impact of microinsurance. Participating projects will be listed in a regularly updated online listing and in a brief note circulated among interested donors.
This project is an initiative of the Impact Working Group of the Microinsurance Network. To learn more about the Microinsurance Network and the Impact Working Group, please click here
To assist them in their effort, they need your help:
1. If your organization is conducting an impact evaluation of microinsurance, please fill out the Stocktaking Initiative Form providing information about it. (If your organization is conducting multiple assessments, fill out a separate form for each one.) This form should take 10-15 minutes.
2. Please circulate this e-mail to others conducting impact assessments of microinsurance.
Contact Theresa Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org or +91 11 4379 9100 with any questions or comments.
Latest Microinsurance Network newsletter now available
The Microinsurance Network is happy to announce that their latest newsletter Microinsurance: Improving risk management for the poor is now available.
This latest edition contains an article and case study on agricultural microinsurance, focusing on the advantages and disadvantages of index-based insurance. The second article looks at how families in South Africa deal with risk on low income. The rest of the newsletter contains the usual news from the Microinsurance Network and its Working Groups, publications, and selected information.
Download here: (English) (French) (Spanish) or,
Microinsurance Network website updates
The Microinsurance Network website has been going through some changes recently and has a number of new features which you could find very useful:
More updates will be made available soon, so keep an eye out!