Savings-linked microinsurance: Innovating to meet savings needs in Jordan

Millions of low-income people living across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region want a safe place to save… but can’t. Low-income individual can access a loan quite easily. But a savings account? Forget about it. Due to an age-old regulation in almost every country in the region, microfinance institutions (MFIs) are prohibited from offering savings to clients.

The Nokia 1100 model of health insurance for the poor - Ready to catch the wave?

As part of his work in Kenya and Nigeria, Thierry van Bastelaer had the opportunity to work closely with private health insurers who are committed to finding affordable solutions to increase poor families' access to health care.  These insurers are keenly aware that this requires finding a myriad ways to cut costs everywhere possible, despite the fact that they are viewed with suspicion by development practitioners who perceive them as either avoiding the low-income market or trying to make huge profits from it.

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