Special panel on microinsurance at the Second European Research Conference on Microfinance
The Microinsurance Network and Microinsurance Innovation Facility are organising a special panel on microinsurance at the Second European Research Conference on Microfinance, which will take place on Thursday 16 June 2011 in Groningen, the Netherlands.
The session, entitled "Microinsurance: What do we know and what still needs to be researched?", will be chaired by Michal Matul (Microinsurance Innovation Facility), who will be joined on the panel by Karlijn Morsink (University of Twente) and Ralf Radermacher (Micro Insurance Academy).
The academic research conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to address issues in the field of microfinance. Microinsurance has been identified as an important topic to address and, other than the Special panel on microinsurance, the conference will include two other presentations on microinsurance: "Microinsurance: Theoretical puzzles and empirical research" and "Innovations in microinsurance".
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The Microinsurance Trilogy N°23 - Spring 2011 edition available
The latest edition of the Microinsurance Network's newsletter "The Microinsurance Trilogy" is available in English, French and Spanish.
This edition focuses on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) in microinsurance. The main article examines the outcomes and discussion points of a three day discussion that took place on LinkedIn and was facilitated by Gaby Ramm, who authored the article.
The following article provides a small insight into the paper "Commercial Insurers in Microinsurance", which was commissioned by the Microinsurance Network. This paper examines the role commercial insurers’ play in microinsurance in order to understand their objectives and motivations.
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6th International Microinsurance Conference report published
This report is a summary of the 6th International Microinsurance Conference that took place in Manila, Philippines, from 9–11 November 2010. The Conference was jointly hosted by the Munich Re Foundation and the Microinsurance Network and supported by GIZ/BMZ, the Department of Finance of the Philippines and Georgia State University’s Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk. Over 500 experts and practitioners from 50 countries discussed new approaches on how microinsurance will reach the next level.
The Philippines is a unique country in the world of microinsurance. It has a huge diversity of stakeholders, models and products, operating together to achieve scale and sustainability. With approximately 2.9 million microinsurance clients so far, further effort is required to reach an additional 35 million potential clients. The conference made clear again how committed the government of the Philippines is to providing the best possible support and this commitment was commended throughout the conference. The Philippines is not only a front-runner in the industry, it also acts as a role model for other countries.
For three days, over 80 speakers and facilitators discussed innovative and sustainable microinsurance programmes illustrated by the latest case studies and research outcomes. No less than 15 countries were also represented through the regulatory bodies of the insurance industry. This clearly signals the increasing commitment of insurance commissioners as well as a success for the initiative to develop guidelines for microinsurance regulation facilitated by the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) and the Access to Insurance Initiative (a2ii).
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