• A sleeping tiger in need of better protection

    A sleeping tiger in need of better protection

    Insurance against the most important risks, including weather-related disasters, is scarcely available globally. Bangladesh – the country hosting the 15th International Conference on Inclusive Insurance – is one of the most vulnerable countries facing climate change. How to overcome barriers to market development in Bangladesh and elsewhere forms the focus of this year’s conference. >more

  • 2020 Dialogue Forums - "Designing climate protection in a socially equitable way – is it actually possible?"

    2020 Dialogue Forums - "Designing climate protection in a socially equitable way – is it actually possible?"

    Climate change is happening and it is influencing people’s lives – all over the world. This is a fact. There is a lot of disagreement about how we can protect our climate. At the preliminary evening in Berlin in advance of the Dialogue Forums 2020 “Climate change, climate protection – is there still hope?”, the focus was on the question of whether and how we can design climate protection in a socially equitable way. >more

  • 2020 Dialogue Forums – "Climate Change"

    2020 Dialogue Forums – "Climate Change"

    Anthropogenic climate change is, without any doubt, one of the greatest challenges of our time. Politicians earned many premature plaudits for the celebrated 2015 Paris climate framework agreement, which requires global warming to be kept well below 2 degrees. Since then, many people affected have even argued for a 1.5 degrees limit. But looking at the present-day realities, this target seems ambitious if not utopian. >more

  • New fog nets in Bolivian highlands – Scouting the best locations

    New fog nets in Bolivian highlands – Scouting the best locations

    The grant money is ready to invest. Now it's time to find the best locations to capture drinking water from the fog. Bolivia won our 2019 call for proposal for fog nets. In early September 2019, the German and Spanish project organisers met with project representatives of the Bolivian NGO for the first time in Bolivia in order to inspect the existing fog net locations in the Alto Veladero region. >more

  • Dialogue Forum special: Socially committed in Munich – For social justice in a wealthy city

    Dialogue Forum special: Socially committed in Munich – For social justice in a wealthy city

    Even in affluent Munich, many people have social problems. How can local politics counter this? What scope for action do social enterprises have? This Dialogue Forum special with the Social Entrepreneurship Academy and the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship at the Munich University of Applied Sciences looked for answers. >more

  • Lack of insurance in Africa leaves millions vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters

    Lack of insurance in Africa leaves millions vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters

    The Landscape of Microinsurance in Africa 2018: focus on selected countries, launched today at the 15th International Conference on Inclusive Insurance in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is based on data collected on the microinsurance activities of 100 insurers in Africa in 2017. Through their microinsurance activities, these insurers collectively covered a total of 15 million lives. >more

  • Energy School Munich celebrates a round anniversary

    Energy School Munich celebrates a round anniversary

    It is ten years since the Munich-based environmental organisation Green City e.V. launched the educational project Energy School Munich. Since 2009, around 9,600 school pupils have taken part in its interactive workshops. Munich Re Foundation congratulates the association on a decade of successful project work. >more

  • 2019 Summer Academy – population growth needs to play a more central role in climate debate

    2019 Summer Academy – population growth needs to play a more central role in climate debate

    Climate change will force virtually every country in the world to adapt to changes: hotter summers, more frequent intense precipitation, more intensive storms, and loss of land areas due to sea level rise – to name just a few. The various countries have very different potentials for coping with the impending changes. These depend on their economic clout, social stability and intact ecosystems. >more

  • National emergency management drives inclusive climate risk insurance in Mongolia

    National emergency management drives inclusive climate risk insurance in Mongolia

    A substantial part of the Mongolia’s GDP comes from agricultural income. Insurance against climate risks therefore play a particular role in the efforts to make the country more resilient against economic shocks. How to reach the vulnerable population was discussed during the Climate Risk Conference that took place in Ulaanbaatar from 17 to 18 September 2019. >more

  • Time is running out – New partnerships for climate protection

    Time is running out – New partnerships for climate protection

    All the signatories of the Paris climate agreement are expected to define their national climate protection goals by 2020. However, the current indications suggest that these goals are not ambitious enough. The 2-degree limit is unlikely to be achieved, and much more needs to be done. We need new, committed partnerships for climate protection. In collaboration with Germanwatch, we wish to make a contribution to climate protection. >more

  • Upscaling the concept of "floating homes"

    Upscaling the concept of "floating homes"

    The Dundee University and Resilience Solution, the research implementation partner from Bangladesh, have won the 2019 RISK Award. Their goal is to further develop a unique "Disaster Resilient Floating Homes” concept on the coast of Bangladesh. The homes will withstand natural catastrophes and other effects of climate change thus serving the resilience of their inhabitants. The houses also provide new and sustainable livelihood options. >more

Summer Academy: World risk and adaptation futures

Summer Academy: World risk and adaptation futures

A sound understanding of future trajectories in environmental and climatic risks and especially the related socio-economic vulnerabilities is of key importance for science, policy and practice alike. Yet, such knowledge and the methodological toolkit to develop it remains inadequate to date. To overcome that gap we initiated the Summer Academy and invite experts to discuss this challenge and find solutions. >more

Inclusive Insurance

Inclusive Insurance

The International Conference on Inclusive Insurance offers representatives from supervisory authorities, donor organisations, the insurance industry, the scientific community and practitioners a forum for sharing knowledge and networking. It has been held annually since 2005, each year on a different continent. The aim of the platform is to tackle poverty and create a basis for improving the living conditions of people in developing countries. >more

Water - Fog nets

Water - Fog nets

For human beings, nothing can replace water. Our "blue planet" owes its name to the water that covers around two-thirds of the earth's surface. Nevertheless, water is still a scarce resource: only 1% of world's water is available as drinking water. The Munich Re Foundation is supporting projects which provide drinking water in arid regions or in case of emergency. >more

RISK Award

RISK Award

The risks resulting from population growth and changes in the environment and climate are increasing. Complex technical systems and infrastructure can be additional risk factors. We recognise the need to address this development. The RISK Award helps to lower the level of risk by providing financial support to a project dedicated to these issues. >more

The Worldmap of Microinsurance

The Worldmap of Microinsurance

Microinsurance has been making great progress in recent years. New markets are being explored, and new products are being introduced. The importance of a detailed overview of the status quo increases. Since 2012, we have been working together with our partners to make the development of microinsurance transparent all over the world. Studies and interactive maps are being created. >more

Dialogue forums

Dialogue forums

At these events, which are open to the general public and held in Munich, politicians, scientists and persons concerned take a look behind the scenes and engage the audience in discussion. The forums are designed to heighten awareness of our topics such as demographic developments, risk perception, and development policy. >more

New Partnerships for Climate Protection

New Partnerships for Climate Protection

In collaboration with Germanwatch, Munich Re Foundation wishes to make a further contribution to ensuring more efficient climate protection. So we are jointly launching the project “New Partnerships for Climate Protection” providing support and knowledge for the NDC-partnership-programme by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. >more

Microinsurance Learning Sessions

Microinsurance Learning Sessions

In some countries of the world, the microinsurance markets are particularly dynamic. Factors such as economic growth, reliable boundary conditions or efficient regulation are decisive factors for such developments. In seminars that focus on regional solutions, we work together with partners to share the related knowledge and experience. >more

Climate change and education

Climate change and education

One of the foundation’s aims is to pass on its knowledge to pupils and young students. We cover a broad range of topics: climate change, sustainability, justice, environmental change, social vulnerability and resilience. >more