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December 2015         Forward to a friend

 

HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH

The Facility opens new fellowships for insurance innovation in Africa
We are looking for enthusiastic and committed professionals with expertise in insurance, technology or development to join our Fellowship Programme. This hands-on experience of innovative insurance projects in developing countries has proved a unique opportunity for previous fellows. To read their testimonials and find out more about requirements for the programme, click here.
 

KNOWLEDGE UPDATE

Summary Report of Impact Insurance Forum 2015 out now
The Summary Report of the Impact Insurance Forum 2015 is now available for download. This year’s Forum focused on the theme of “Bundling agriculture insurance product for improved value and viability” and was attended by more than 70 practitioners, risk-carriers, enablers and government agency representatives.
 
The complexity of increasing demand for microinsurance and what we can do about it
Michal Matul and Aparna Dalal
How can a financial institution stimulate demand and increase uptake on its insurance product? Based on studies and the experiences of over 60 innovation partners, the Facility offers five suggestions for financial institutions to tackle this challenge.
 
Financial services can help avert crisis in today’s world: here’s what we have to get right
Olga Petryniak
Building access to financial services has long been a pillar of poverty reduction efforts, but how can these very efforts be successful in the face of set-back by global shocks and stresses? This article gives insights on what to get right for financial services to make a difference for resilience.
 
The IFSB and IAIS: joint paper on “Issues in regulation and supervision of Microtakaful sector”
IFSB and IAIS
The Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) and International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) have released a joint paper on “Issues in Regulation and Supervision of Microtakāful (Islamic Microinsurance)”. The paper highlights and identifies regulatory issues prevailing in the Islamic Microinsurance sector and outline the role this sector can play in enhancing financial inclusion.
 

NEWS FLASH

Impact Insurance through Change Management - Call for proposals
The Facility, in partnership with FSD Africa, is inviting proposals from insurers that are looking to implement organizational changes in order to provide valuable and scalable insurance solutions to low-income households or small and medium enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa. Insurers may apply by submitting an expression of interest by January 15, 2016. More information can be found here.

Job vacancy: Microinsurance coordinator with GIZ and NIA in Lagos
The Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) is looking for a coordinator for microinsurance to support its office in Lagos. More information can be found here (.pdf).

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