Insurance in emerging markets: Focus on liability developments

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This study continues the series in which sigma focuses annually on emerging markets. It consists of two parts: the first part provides an overview of the current state of economic and insurance market developments in emerging markets- including latest performance, major trends and near-term outlook. The second part takes a closer look at the development and prospects of liability insurance in emerging markets.

Health microinsurance: A comparison of four policy-run schemes in Latin America

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This paper presents, analyses and compares four case studies performed in Latin American between 2001 and 2003 for GTZ’s InfoSure project (see Appendix). Three of the studies deal with public microinsurance schemes in Bolivia, Peru and Paraguay, and the fourth case refers to the teacher welfare plan in El Salvador.

Agricultural insurance revisited: New developments and perspectives in Latin America and the Caribbean

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The purpose of this paper is to provide IADB staff interested in agricultural yield insurance market development, public officials responsible for financial market policy formulation and supervision, and insurance industry practitioners in Latin America and the Caribbean with a basic primer on the topic, an overview of previous experiences, and a set of guidelines and recommendations on how to develop viable and sustainable agricultural yield insurance markets.

Disaster insurance for the poor? A review of microinsurance for natural disaster risks in developing countries

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This study reviews microinsurance schemes that provide cover for natural disaster risks in developing countries. It is not intended to be exhaustive—many schemes are in the planning stages and there is only limited, open-source information—but to give an overview of the potential and the challenges of microinsurance for the poor. The study opens with a discussion of the benefits and limitations of risk transfer and risk pooling. The different organizational and institutional forms that microinsurance can take are described in section 3.

Agricultural value chain finance

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This document is a collection of presentations and discussions that took place in the “Agricultural Value Chain Finance” international seminar organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), RUTA and the Academia de Centroamérica and held in San José, Costa Rica from May 16 to 18, 2006. This document summarizes the main ideas discussed throughout the seminar and shares lessons learned by participants and organizers.

Landscape of microinsurance in the world’s 100 poorest countries

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This report provides a description of how microinsurance works, and presents a landscape survey (a detailed quantitative overview) of microinsurance in the world’s hundred poorest countries. The paper states that microinsurance has to be well-administered, cost-efficient and delivered on a large scale if it is to benefit the poor and those who provide microinsurance and the microinsurance supply chain is made up of five components: the reinsurers, the insurer, the delivery channel, the policy-holder and ‘covered lives’.

Insurance in emerging markets: Sound development, greenfield for agricultural insurance

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This sigma is the latest installment in an annual series that focuses on economic and insurance trends in emerging markets. The first part of this report will over recent developments in emerging markets, whilst agricultural insurance, which is deemed to be of growing important to emerging markets, will be highlighted for more in-depth analysis in the second part. This study covers emerging markets in five regions: Asia, Latin American and the Caribbean (referred to as Latin America).

The Potential of weather index insurance for spurring a green revolution in Africa

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This paper focuses on the potential of index-based weather insurance products for contributing to a green revolution in Africa.The authors begin by building a conceptual framework that links poverty, risk, and missing financial markets. Next, they present the case for why weather risk transfer and agricultural insurance can contribute to development. They then review the fundamental problems with traditional agricultural insurance products, which motivated efforts to develop alternatives such as index-based insurance products.

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