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Cat bonds for recovery highlighted by Caribbean Development Bank

Catastrophe bonds and parametric insurance have both been highlighted by the President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in a speech laying out priorities for 2022 and a plan for marshalling financing to support regional economies. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is designing a “financing ecosystem” through which it aims to read the full article →

IMF backs calls for Caribbean catastrophe bond

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is putting its weight behind calls for the use of catastrophe bonds to help the Caribbean nations to increase their resilience to and ability to recover from disasters, after a hurricane season that has impacted the region heavily. After the devastating impacts of hurricanes Irma and read the full article →

Caribbean regional catastrophe bond back on the agenda

Following the devastating impacts of hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean discussion has once again turned to how to secure an increased amount of parametric disaster risk financing for the region, with a regional catastrophe bond issuance rising up the agenda once again. Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused complete destruction read the full article →

Personal parametric weather insurance trialled in Caribbean supported by CCRIF

The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) is broadening its reach with its first venture into personal insurance products and is supporting trials of a parametric personal weather insurance product designed to pay out to Caribbean residents after a natural disaster strikes. The CCRIF and its partners have teamed up to read the full article →

Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility members renew at reduced rates

All sixteen member governments of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) have renewed their hurricane and earthquake parametric insurance coverage for the 2013/2014 policy year which began on the 1st June. All members benefit from a premium discount for the upcoming policy year. The CCRIF is a catastrophe risk pooling read the full article →

Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation (MiCRO) awarded IFC funding

The Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation (MiCRO), a specialty reinsurance organisation established to provide the backing for microinsurance products through microfinance institutions in Haiti, has received $1.96m in funding from the IFC (International Finance Corporation), a member of the World Bank Group. The award includes a $1.7 million performance-based grant and read the full article →

Hurricane Sandy triggers Fonkoze-MiCRO weather-index microinsurance in Haiti

Hurricane Sandy will likely cause the largest payout to date for the Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation (MiCRO) in Haiti. The impact of Sandy on Haiti was severe, with around 54 deaths, 18,000+ people displaced and the micro-lending firm Fonkoze suggesting that as many as 12,000 of their customers may be read the full article →

MiCRO natural disaster microinsurance facility was triggered in Haiti by Isaac

Yesterday we wrote about the impending payouts from microfinance organisation Fonkoze in Haiti who had told policyholders that they were ready to give all clients in areas hit by intense rain and wind from tropical storm Isaac a $125 payout, forgive their existing loan balance, and give them a new read the full article →

Isaac triggers Fonkoze MiCRO backed natural disaster microinsurance in Haiti

While attention is focused on the damage caused by hurricane Isaac when it ploughed into the Louisiana coastline it is easy to forget that before Isaac reached the U.S. the storm caused extensive damage in the Caribbean. The worst affected island appears to have been Haiti, which Isaac struck while read the full article →

Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) excess rainfall cover launching soon

Earlier this week we wrote that the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the catastrophe risk pooling facility who provide parametric based disaster insurance cover to Caribbean countries, had finalised their renewals for the 2012-2013 policy year. All 16 of their member countries renewed their hurricane and earthquake cover and read the full article →