Member profile: Microinsurance Master

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Microinsurance Master is a recent specialised training initiative founded by long-standing member of the Microinsurance Network, Bert Opdebeeck. Bert spoke to us on this exciting new venture, as well as how he has seen the MiN and the sector evolve throughout the years.

MiN: When and why did you join the MiN?

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AXA completes XL Group acquisition

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

With all regulatory approvals required now obtained, Network member AXA has finalised the acquisition of the XL Group, announced in March this year.

The acquisition further diversifies AXA's existing commercial lines insurance portfolio, and reinsurance capabilities that will allow for an access to alternative capita.

The new division, called AXA XL will be dedicated large property/casualty commercial lines and specialty risks and will operate under the master brand of AXA.

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Board position vacancy for microinsurance broker company

Thursday, September 6, 2018

A microinsurance advisor and broker company is looking for a Board member with extensive experience in (micro)insurance and ideally with knowledge of the West African economic community.

The company has offices in Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali and Senegal and the Board member should be proficient in French and available for regular travel to the company's headquarters in Paris, France.

The term is typically limited to three years.

The deadline to apply is 30 October 2018.

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Resilience to shocks a priority: IFAD and WFP weigh in on NIger

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
With close to six million people estimated to be food insecure during the current lean season, the heads of Network members the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), as well as the Food and Agriculture Oranisation of the United Nations (FAO), pledged to increase support for regional efforts, during a vist to Niger.
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Impact Insurance Facility involved in digitisation of Ghana's insurance sector

Friday, August 17, 2018

The ILO's Impact Insurance Facility is helping the digitisation of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in Ghana. By providing the initial funding, technical assistance and project management support, as well as conceptualising technological solutions, the Facility has enabled the piloting of a system that allows customer to use simple mobile phones or smartphones to renew their membership to the NHIS.

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Promoting microinsurance at the Global Insurance Forum

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The recent Global Insurance Forum in Berlin was an opportunity for the MiN to remind the industry of its ten-year track record in promoting inclusive insurance for development and resilience - long before the issue became trendy. Network members Craig Churchill of the ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility and AXA’s Garance Wattez-Richard co-hosted a lunch session for the Insurance Development Forum’s microinsurance working group to catch up on recent developments.

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Member profile: FIDES

Thursday, August 16, 2018

FIDES, the Federación Interamericana de Empresas de Seguros (Inter-American Federation of Insurance Companies) has been a member of the MiN since 2014, representing national insurance associations from 18 countries across Latin America and Spain. We sat down to speak with FIDES’ new Secretary-General Francisco Astelarra.

MiN: How does FIDES support and promote inclusive insurance?

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Members in synergy: Oikocredit benefits from ADA's African Microfinance Week to expand risk management programme

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Long-standing Network member Oikocredit has recently shared its latest success story - the expansion of its risk management programme - thanks in large part to fellow member ADA.

During the course of ADA's 2017 African Microfinance Week (SAM) in Ethiopia, Oikocredit representatives spoke with ICCO Cooperation, who advised them to go into the Burkina Faso market with their programme. Furthermore, Mali and Senegal are also held as prime target countries for expansion of the programme.

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