Exploring New Frontiers - The Potential of Impact Investments in Microinsurance

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This Network publication coordinated by the Funders Discussion Group, explores the state of impact investing in the microinsurance sector, landscapes the investments made till date, identifies challenges in the sphere and makes key recommendations to current and potential microinsurance investors.

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Briefing Paper: Managing risks (more) effectively: Rethinking insurance for MSMEs

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Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) account for 90% of businesses and are a source of more than 50% of employment worldwide. Should they suffer risks, the implications for livelihoods and economic activity are severe. Yet only 2% of MSMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa have insurance and most of that is personal rather than business insurance.

IDF Report: The Development Impact of Risk Analytics

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Risk insight is the foundation on which risk prevention and resilience programmes are built. The good news is that the key ingredients for widespread risk understanding already exist - the science, the computing, the satellite and ground data, the indigenous knowledge, and most of all innovative multi-disciplinary methodologies of risk understanding developed over the last three decades. Yet the world has been unable to move away from a continuous cycle of disaster–respond–rebuild–repeat.

Responses to COVID-19: the Scope for Hope

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The COVID-19 pandemic hit the world by surprise, and has taken its toll on individuals, businesses, and the wider economy across the entire globe. And while the world economy has been severely disrupted, microinsurance clients have been hit particularly hard by the global crisis. Insurers face tremendous challenges as they work out how to buffer the future of billions of low-income households and small businesses against this new shock.

COVID-19 and the Insurance Industry: Why a Gender-Sensitive Response Matters

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According to IFC’s 2015 SheforShield report, due to women’s improving socioeconomic status, by 2030, they will represent a $1.7 trillion opportunity for the insurance industry, and 50 percent of this growth will be in emerging economies. According to Swiss Re, global insurance premium growth is driven by emerging markets as a result of innovations in insurance, and the narrowing of the insurance protection gap. However, despite this positive outlook for industry growth in emerging markets, as IFC has reported, most insurers fail to see women as a key consumer segment.

Consultative Forums in 2019: "Climate and disaster risk: building resilience, bridging the protection gap"

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A summary article recapping the key takeaways from the 15th, 16th and 17th Consultative Forums, which took place in 2019 in Panama City, Panama, Johannesburg, South Africa and Dhaka, Bangladesh respectively.

Consultative Forums were jointly organised by the Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii), the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), the InsuResilience Global Partnership and the Microinsurance Network (MiN).

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