The Microinsurance Network is organised into different expert groups: working groups, discussion groups and task forces. These groups provide the forum for undertaking specific reflections and activities that help to bring forward the Network's mission.
The key roles are shared with those of the Network:
- Put an issue or a topic on the agenda;
- Share learnings and exchange expertise;
- Generate knowledge; and
- Reach out to different stakeholders.
Currently, the Network has three types of groups to respond to the different types of exchange members have established:
Working groups: Several Network members are working together on a topic or an issue based on annual (or pluri-annual) workplan and budget. The work or activity is integrated in the strategic framework 2012-2017, and its workplan. In addition to the above mentioned roles, working groups also implement a joint project or programme.
Discussion groups: The Network members want to address a topic or an issue through exchange of experiences and brainstorming on related questions. The result of the reflections can be published as articles or papers but the group has such has no joint project.
Task forces: The Network members tackle a topic or an issue through a concrete project, which is driven by an intra-working group core group. The group dissolves once the project has been finalised. In addition to the above mentioned roles, task forces can also implement joint projects (temporary).
More information about the individual groups' activities and mode of operations on their webpages below.
The Agriculture Insurance Working Group seeks to promote the wider use of agricultural insurance, particularly crop and livestock insurance, as a modern financial risk management instrument in developing countries.
The Capacity Building Working Group responds to the increased need for capacity building by compiling and developing training materials and programmes; striving towards coherent basic quality standards.
The Distribution Working Group aims to better understand the opportunities and challenges of various existing and potential channels to expand and improve distribution of insurance to low-income households.
The Health Working Group brings together practitioners, insurers and academics involved in the design and implementation of pooling products that increase low-income familiesí financial access to health care.
The Insurance Education Working Group seeks to promote microinsurance through the identification and documentation of best practices, the provision of guidance on insurance education and global advocacy for insurance education.
The Performance Working Group contributes towards transparent, effective and efficient microinsurance services by establishing and promoting performance measurement standards.
The Social Protection Working Group aims to increase the knowledge about the different roles of microinsurance within social protection frameworks, and its potential and possible contribution to an enhanced access to social protection.
The Technology Working Group focuses on technology as a means to leverage capacity for outreach, dissemination and scaling up while decreasing costs of insurance services in a number of different areas.
The Actuaries and Microinsurance Discussion Group provides a platform for microinsurance experts and actuaries to exchange and discuss with a view to find ways to work together.
The Funders Discussion Group aims to improve collaborations, share lessons and maximise effectiveness of funders.
The Research and Impact Discussion Group aims to provide a platform for researchers from different disciplines and regions to discuss, share information and undertake activities that create value for researchers working on microinsurance.
The Consumer Protection Task Force contributes to the effective implementation of consumer protection in microinsurance by all stakeholders through consolidation and dissemination of experience and provision of guidance on good practice.
Previous Working Groups
The Regulation, Supervision and Policy (RSP) Working Group focused on regulatory, supervisory and policy issues that affect the development, delivery and administration of microinsurance products for the poor. In June 2013, the group decided to disband, given that it had achieved the objectives that it had set for itself.