13. International Microinsurance Conference - 7-9 November 2017, Lima, Peru
Inclusive Insurance for the Mass Market
Call for proposals
The 13th International Microinsurance Conference will take place in Peru from 7-9 November 2017. Approximately 400 participants and experts from around the world will discuss and identify ways of accelerating growth and economic viability in microinsurance. The conference will be hosted by APESEG in cooperation with the Munich Re Foundation and the Microinsurance Network.
Online proposal form
New microinsurance and mass insurance products in the fields of
5. Agriculture/Natural disasters
6. Insurance combined with other financial products
7. Mobile insurance
8. Insurance for SMEs
The organisers are interested in how new technologies are being applied, how “fintech” firms can disrupt existing approaches and what the role of the government is in supporting market development, the role of subsidies, and how the private sector can complement social programs of the government. The organisers are also particularly interested in the opportunities and risks of mobile insurance, as well as the role of individual stakeholders.
Following the G7 decision to substantially increase the number of people insured against climate risks, the organisers are interested in understanding the current development of micro, meso and macro-solutions, including index-based products, to protect low-income clients against natural disasters.
Submissions should explore ways in which products can be structured to ensure they benefit the target market. They should also identify innovative approaches to managing large numbers of small-ticket policies. Presentations that include details relating to product outreach, in addition to the performance indicators, will be given preference.
9. Innovative distribution models beyond mobile
Given severe infrastructure restrictions across many rural regions, distribution challenges are particularly severe. Presentations should focus on rural clients, but may also include other groups of clients that are difficult to reach. We invite insurance providers, intermediaries, distribution channels and especially “fintech” firms to present evidence-based case studies that highlight how they can improve insurance distribution in under-served regions. How were these channels used to overcome geographical, infrastructural and societal constraints? The organisers are interested in case studies on the set-up of a mutually beneficial partnership and how to manage those partnerships pro-actively.
10. Consumer education
There is a need to build the capacity of people and institutions on many levels, including the financial literacy of the target market and the insurance expertise of delivery channels, while risk carriers need a better understanding of the needs and preferences of the poor. Organisations with successful capacity-building experience at any of these levels are invited to submit applications to present their methods, tools and strategies at the conference. Presentations should include a cost-benefit analysis assessing the effectiveness of the approaches used.
11. Improving business processes
Keeping costs down remains a key challenge in the field of microinsurance and mass insurance. We invite organisations that have worked on change management and improving their business processes to reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction to share those experiences. The organisers are interested in innovations in information technology used to manage premium collection, claims and claims payment, as well as (customer) requests and complaints. Presentations should ideally include detailed performance indicators and trend analyses.
12. Big data
The availability of data remains a challenge for the development of microinsurance and mass insurance. In the absence of reliable mortality tables and weather stations in many developing markets for example, the mantra of big data as the key for success may prove to be rather a vision than a reality. However, with the availability of new and affordable technologies, data collection and analysis may also support the development of microinsurance and mass insurance for the unserved population. The organisers are interested in efficient tools for data collection and analysis, and their application in developing markets.
13. Scientific track – economic analysis of microinsurance markets
Together with the Center for Economic Analysis of Risk at Georgia State University, the International Microinsurance Conference will include a scientific track to encourage rigorous economic analysis of microinsurance markets. Empirical, theoretical and policy-oriented papers are invited on topics such as:
All submissions intended for the scientific track must clearly indicate how their proposed session is relevant for practitioners and/or policymakers.
Submission of proposals
Hosting a full session
Selected slots of 90/120 minute sessions can be allocated to organisations wishing to organise and host a full session. The hosting organisation will be named in the agenda and conference report as a content partner of the 13th International Microinsurance Conference.
The content of these sessions must focus on a specific topic addressing specific questions that are relevant to a broader audience. Panellists should ideally represent a broad range of stakeholders and/or have a broad geographic background.
If you would like to host a full session, please submit a draft outline of the session to the conference organisers using the proposal submission form. The proposal must include tentative speakers as well as the key questions to be discussed.
Proposals for individual presentations must include concrete lessons learnt and recommendations for the audience. Submissions based on the details of actual results will be preferred.
Speakers and facilitators invited directly by the conference organisers will be granted free admission to the conference. Limited funding is also available, upon application, for economy-class travel and the hotel expenses of speakers and facilitators from non-profit organisations (excluding large national and international donor organisations). Applications for travel grants subsequent to the submission of a proposal cannot be accepted. There is no limit to the number of abstracts that can be submitted by an organisation, although travel grants are limited to one speaker per organisation.
For details on travel grants for speakers and facilitators, please consult www.microinsuranceconference.org
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