Call for proposals
International Conference on Inclusive Insurance 2021
Reaching scale in small countries
Call for proposals
The International Conference on Inclusive Insurance 2021 will take place in Kingston, Jamaica, from 26 to 28 October 2021*. Around 400 experts from 40+ countries will discuss and identify ways of accelerating growth in, and the economic viability of, inclusive insurance for emerging markets. The conference will be hosted by the Insurance Association of Jamaica in cooperation with the Munich Re Foundation and the Microinsurance Network.
The last few years have seen the insurance sector in emerging markets enjoy steady growth in terms of client outreach and premium volumes. New technologies are boosting market coverage. The global middle class is predicted to number nearly five billion within the next two decades, but many of these individuals will still lack any formal safety net provided by insurance and will risk falling (back) into poverty. Climate change and the recent pandemic make the situation worse because the frequency of extreme events will continue to increase, and low-income countries with a large proportion of poor and vulnerable communities will be disproportionately impacted.
Representatives from insurance and reinsurance companies, brokers, distribution channels, technology providers, investment funds, international organisations, NGOs and development aid agencies, as well as academics, policy makers and insurance supervisors, from 40+ countries will attend the conference. Delegates will exchange views on current trends and risks in emerging markets and discuss key factors for the successful implementation and maximisation of business opportunities to bring supply and demand to the next level.
Structure and objectives of the conference
The conference will feature around 25 sessions on key topics addressed to an interdisciplinary audience. Additional pre-conference workshops will deal in depth with subtopics. Keynote speeches will look at the latest international, national and local insights. One key work stream of the conference will be how to best close the insurance gap and reach scale in small markets.
*The organisers are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will make a final decision on organising an alternative digital version of the ICII 2021 by June 2021.
10. New inclusive insurance products or partnerships in the fields of health or hospital cash, credit life or funeral insurance
Together with the Center for Economic Analysis of Risk at Georgia State University, the organisers will include a scientific track to encourage rigorous economic analysis of emerging insurance markets. Empirical, theoretical and policy-oriented papers are invited on topics such as:
- Factors that influence the demand and willingness to pay for insurance and allow prediction of uptake
- Factors that influence the gender-specific value and take-up of insurance
- Factors that influence the impact of inclusive insurance products
- Behavioural economics applied to insurance
- Triggers that substantially increase the use of insurance
- The role of temporary and permanent subsidies
- The role of insurance in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Appropriate benchmarks to measure the success of inclusive insurance programmes
- Contract design to mitigate adverse selection and moral hazard
- Documentation of welfare impact and customer value
- Whether informal and formal risk-sharing mechanisms are complements or substitutes
- Policies to support market development and ensure consumer value
- Actuarial reserving issues
All submissions intended for the scientific track must clearly indicate how their proposed session is relevant for practitioners, policy makers and/or other stakeholders.
Conference languages: English/Spanish
Submission of proposals
- All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Steering Committee.
- Proposals for individual presentations and full sessions can only be submitted through the online submission form available from the conference website. To submit a proposal, please complete the form in English. Please note that no other format can be accepted.
- An electronic version of a draft paper, presentation or another explanatory document must be attached in Acrobat (PDF) format.
- Presentations should include lessons from both successes and failures, as well as business case data reflecting costs and incomes
Proposals can be submitted under the following two categories:
A: Proposals for a full session
The organisers of the conference invite proposals that cover a full 90-minute session. The hosting organisation will be named in the agenda and conference report as a content partner of the conference.
The content of these sessions must focus on a specific topic addressing specific questions that are relevant to a broader audience. Proposals should include concrete objectives for the session. Submissions based on the details of actual results are preferred. Panellists should ideally represent a broad range of stakeholders and/or have a broad geographic background.
- The hosting organisation will be responsible for inviting speakers and organising the session in coordination with the organisers of the conference.
- The travel costs of speakers/facilitators must be covered by the hosting organisation.
- Up to four speakers/facilitators will be granted admission free of charge.
- If you are submitting two consecutive sessions, such as for training, please note this in your proposal.
- Speakers must be registered using the online registration form.
- Speakers/facilitators must be confirmed by 1 September 2021 at the latest.
- Rooms will be allocated by the conference organisers.
- Room arrangements cannot be changed.
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 speakers and the facilitator, as well as the key questions to be discussed.
B: Proposals for an individual presentation
The organisers invite proposals for individual presentations of around 15–20 minutes, which will be combined with other matching presentations in one session. Proposals for individual presentations should include concrete lessons learnt and recommendations for the audience. Submissions based on the details of actual results are 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 cannot be accepted after the submission of a proposal. 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 non-profit organisation.
Timeline and acceptance
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) update: The timeline and date of the conference may change depending on the latest developments.
Submission deadline for proposals and draft papers: 15 May 2021
Notification of acceptance: 31 July 2021
Confirmation of speakers for sessions hosted by third parties: 31 August 2021
Submission of draft presentations for the conference: 15 September 2021
Submission of draft presentations and final papers: 15 October 2021
Please note that the submission deadlines are final.