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The urban poor face multiple risks - but who will help them manage them?

The Covid-19 pandemic is just the latest challenge for the increasing number of low-income city dwellers. Urban mega-slums are home to migrants, climate refugees and victims of conflict - but unemployment, illness, accident, destruction of property and death are ever-present risks. What are the keys to providing insurance for and protecting urban lives and livelihoods – women and MSMEs in particular?

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Hot off the press: Country briefing notes
From this month, members will have access to a series of country briefing notes which accompany our Landscape of Microinsurance Study 2020 and the respective country workshops organised from January 2021. Kicking this series off, check out insights from Bolivia, Colombia and Egypt by clicking on the image below!
MiN Best Practice Groups (BPGs)
Calling all members – if you’re not yet involved in our BPGs, get in touch with us and we would be glad to add you to the mailing list of one or more of the following groups:
  • Climate Change and Food Security
  • Health
  • Insurance for MSMEs
  • InsurTech and Digitalisation
  • Landscape Study
Our groups aim to build on the great work started last year and would welcome new and enthusiastic members! if you are interested in joining one or more of these groups, please contact us

How insurance can help protect millions of families dependent on remittances

For migrant workers and their families, remittances are a lifeline - but both senders and receivers face multiple risks. Now inclusive insurers and technology providers are stepping in to provide peace of mind.

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MiN & Members:
MiN: Peru Country Workshop - Taller País: Perú | Register now (members and invitees only/sólo para los miembros y invitados) | 23 February/Febrero 13:00 GMT
MiN: Ghana Country Workshop | Register now (members and invitees only) | 24 February 10:00 GMT
MiN’s Expert Forum: Unlocking insurance through remittances | Watch the recording and download event material (members only)
MiN offering five scholarships to members for ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility's online course: Insurance for Development/Seguros para el desarrollo (in Spanish/en Español) | 6 April – 7 May 2021 | Apply for scholarships (members only) by 5 March | Course applications accepted until 10 March 2021
ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility – The women’s market: how can insurers tap into this opportunity? | Watch webinar recording
Save the date: European Microfinance Week 2021 | 17-19 November 2021
CGAP – Beyond access and usage: financial services for livelihoods
FAO: Digital finance and inclusion in the time of Covid-19
ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility – Case Brief: MIDAGRI
InsuResilience Global Partnership: Annual Report 2020
Mercy Corps, GIZ & Dalberg: Introducing the Digital Agriculture Platform Blueprint Series
MSC: KYC practices in Indonesia and the opportunity for implementing e-KYC to accelerate financial inclusion
UNEP/PSI - Insuring the climate transition: enhancing the insurance industry’s assessment of climate change futures
World Economic Forum: Global Risks Report 2021

Member profile:

Bolivian non-profit Fundación PROFIN has been helping individuals and small businesses grow for more than twenty years. Executive Director Edwin Vargas shares on the current importance of increased financial education and closing the gender gap.

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MiN & Members:
News & Blogs
Landscape country profiles now available
MiN still seeking in-country consultants for Landscape Study 2021
a2ii launches Inclusive Insurance Regulations Map
a2ii: 16 years of inclusive insurance regulation
a2ii: The pandemic proposition - a stronger insurance front for sustainable development
a2ii & InsuResilience Global Partnership offering scholarship opportunity to WWB’s Leadership and Diversity Program for Regulators | Virtual programme begins in April | Apply by 1 March 2021
ADA and Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation present 5th round of results of MFIs during Covid survey
Britam: Platform economy is the next frontier for insurance to reach emerging consumers in Africa
DHAN Foundation: Empowering farmers with collective farming
InsuResilience Solutions Fund: 5th call for proposals now open on “Innovative climate risk insurance" | Submit project concept by 16 April 2021
ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility – Market research: insights from the women’s market
Microfact e-learning platform now out
MIC at Milliman: Vodcast "360° Perspectives": Episode 3 on Risk Management 360 with a focus on women w/ Green Delta’s Farzanah Chowdhury
MSC – Preparing for life after Covid-19: how India’s healthcare system can better respond to future shocks
Elsewhere in the sector...
Microinsurance in Rwanda: problem fit before profit
OKO: crop insurance in Africa (en français)
A glance at Friendship’s pandemic response
UNCDF looking for Technical Experts on Digital Finance, Migration and Remittances | Application deadline: 31 March 2021
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