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Microinsurance penetration set to double by 2020 to 1 billion people

31st January 2013

The global penetration of microinsurance cover is set to double from the 500m people currently covered to more than 1 billion by 2020, according to a statement from the Microinsurance Network. Governments, insurers and reinsurers are all expected to broaden he geographic scope and range of products as they seek to make insurance products available […]

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Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation (MiCRO) awarded IFC funding

30th January 2013

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 $260,000 in technical assistance from […]

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Kenyan cotton farmers receive payout from weather-index insurance

20th November 2012

Here’s another example of the successful application of parametric weather-index based insurance techniques in developing economies. Insurer Jubilee Insurance recently made payouts under their weather index insurance scheme to over 200 cotton farmers in Baringo County, Kenya for their losses suffered after crops failed due to a lack of measured rainfall.

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HDFC ERGO launching new weather index insurance pilot in India

23rd October 2012

The increasing adoption of weather index insurance or parametric insurance in the developing world continues as another pilot scheme gets approval in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Insurer HDFC ERGO General Insurance has received approval from the Maharashtra government to implement a pilot microinsurance project aimed at both farmers who have taken loans from a […]

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Microinsurance and weather index insurance uptake growing rapidly

28th March 2012

The uptake of microinsurance by low-income earners in parts of the developing world is growing rapidly according to data in the annual report of the International Labour Organisation’s Micro-insurance Innovation Facility. Many types of products make up the microinsurance universe, from life and health, to property, to livestock, but one area playing a key role […]

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