The 12th International Microinsurance Conference (#12thIMC) to take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka is just one week away and the anticipation is building with a few hundred experts and practitioners in the field expected to attend. The annual conference organised by the Munich Re Foundation, in tandem with the Network, and hosted by the Insurance Association of Sri Lanka (IASL), will feature a number of sessions on resilience against climate risks, as well as disaster insurance.
On Wednesday, November 16 at 8:30am, BMZ / InsuResilience will host Plenary 2 - InsuResilience: Insuring the poor against climate risks, facilitated by Ulrich Hess, Senior Advisor at GIZ. The session will look at the InsuResilience Initiative launched by the G7 in 2015 that aims to reach an additional 400 million poor people with insurance coverage against the risks of climate change by 2020, of which 100 million through direct insurance schemes. The topic will be discussed by:
- Arup Chatterjee, Principal Financial Sector Specialist at Asian Development Bank, Philippines
- Volker Hey, Senior Policy Officer at BMZ, Germany
- Normunds Mizis, Regional Manager Euroasia at BlueOrchard, Switzerland
- Vipul Sekhsaria, Head - Insurance Initiatives at IFMR, India
- Dr. P A Kinwandeniya, Founder/Chairman of Sanasa Movement, Sri Lanka
- Sonu Agrawal, Founder and Managing Director at Weather Risk, India
Later that day, at 2:30pm, Dirk Reinhard, Vice Chairman of the Munich Re Foundation will facilitate Parallel Session 6 - Insurance against disasters. This will include four presentations from the panel:
- "Area yield crop insurance, a key component for a sustainable agricultural development approach in Mali"
by Jonathan Boudreau, Project Manager at FADQDI, Canada
- "Insurance as part of disaster risk reduction and response programme"
by Ayandev Saha, General Manager at K.M. Dastur Reinsurance Brokers Pvt. Ltd., India
- "Scaling up agriculture insurance in Zambia"
by Agrotosh Mookerjee, Consultant Actuary at Risk Shield Consultants, Zambia
- "Floating homes to prevent losses"
by Prof. Elisabeth English of University of Waterloo, Canada