Exploring New Frontiers - The Potential of Impact Investments in Microinsurance

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This Network publication coordinated by the Funders Discussion Group, explores the state of impact investing in the microinsurance sector, landscapes the investments made till date, identifies challenges in the sphere and makes key recommendations to current and potential microinsurance investors.

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Responses to COVID-19: the Scope for Hope

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The COVID-19 pandemic hit the world by surprise, and has taken its toll on individuals, businesses, and the wider economy across the entire globe. And while the world economy has been severely disrupted, microinsurance clients have been hit particularly hard by the global crisis. Insurers face tremendous challenges as they work out how to buffer the future of billions of low-income households and small businesses against this new shock.

COVID-19 and the Insurance Industry: Why a Gender-Sensitive Response Matters

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According to IFC’s 2015 SheforShield report, due to women’s improving socioeconomic status, by 2030, they will represent a $1.7 trillion opportunity for the insurance industry, and 50 percent of this growth will be in emerging economies. According to Swiss Re, global insurance premium growth is driven by emerging markets as a result of innovations in insurance, and the narrowing of the insurance protection gap. However, despite this positive outlook for industry growth in emerging markets, as IFC has reported, most insurers fail to see women as a key consumer segment.

Consultative Forums in 2019: "Climate and disaster risk: building resilience, bridging the protection gap"

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A summary article recapping the key takeaways from the 15th, 16th and 17th Consultative Forums, which took place in 2019 in Panama City, Panama, Johannesburg, South Africa and Dhaka, Bangladesh respectively.

Consultative Forums were jointly organised by the Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii), the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), the InsuResilience Global Partnership and the Microinsurance Network (MiN).

The future of impact insurance

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The ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility is celebrating ten years of supporting the insurance industry to contribute to social and economic development. Over this period, the Facility have grown and evolved alongside the industry. Markets, products, players and technology have drastically changed during the past decade. Now it is time to scan the horizon and see what lies ahead.

Regulating for responsible data innovation: The role of insurance regulators in dealing with risks relating to consumer data protection and privacy

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Data innovation is challenging the traditional role of insurance regulators. Two major dilemmas emerge that insurance regulators and indeed all financial sector regulators face when confronted with how to regulate consumer data: 1. They must tread the balance to achieve positive consumer outcomes, by both enabling data-driven innovation but still protecting consumers from the risks that arise 2.

The State of Microinsurance 2018

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There are just 12 years remaining to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and urgent action is needed if no-one is to be left behind. This report, and future editions, will focus on providing concrete examples of how inclusive insurance is contributing to the broad development agenda in a structured way that links directly to selected SDGs. It builds on work published by Microinsurance Network (MiN) members in the 2017 report Inclusive Insurance and the Sustainable Development Goals, and responds to the need to demonstrate how practice supports theory.

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