• Call for proposals - submission deadline extended until 22 May 2019

    Call for proposals - submission deadline extended until 22 May 2019

    The 15th International Conference on Inclusive Insurance for Emerging Markets "Coping with Climate Risk” will take place in Dhaka from 5 – 7 November 2019. The conference will be hosted in cooperation with the Bangladesh Insurance Association (BIA) and the Microinsurance Network. >more

  • Call for grant applications - Fog collection and fog net technology projects

    Call for grant applications - Fog collection and fog net technology projects

    To assist the development of projects for collecting water from fog, the WaterFoundation and the Munich Re Foundation are awarding one or more grants for the provision of new or the enhancement of existing fog collection projects. Both organizations are the founders of a FogNet Alliance in order to improve fog net technology in general, provide knowledge and serve fog net projects including management. >more

  • 2019 RISK Award “Resilient Floating Homes” - Addressing climate change and strengthening sustainable solutions

    2019 RISK Award “Resilient Floating Homes” - Addressing climate change and strengthening sustainable solutions

    Current approaches for managing coastal disasters often focus on building large-scale engineered constructions. While these initiatives can save lives, they rarely address underlying causes of vulnerability. The 2019 RISK Award shifts that focus to a solution that is more integrated and systemic and helps families to address multiple challenges at once. >more

  • Poor in the affluent city – Living to survive in Munich

    Poor in the affluent city – Living to survive in Munich

    Munich is one of the richest cities in Germany – At the same time, living costs have increased dramatically over the last few years. The rent level is at an all-time high and not everyone can keep pace with the trend. People with low incomes are being squeezed out of their residential areas. Even in Munich a number of people is living on the streets. Dieter Reiter, Mayor of Munich, Karin Lohr, CEO of BISS e.V. and Professor Sophie Wolfrum d >more

  • EpiNurse project in Nepal keeps the momentum going

    EpiNurse project in Nepal keeps the momentum going

    The EpiNurse project in Nepal serves nurses with special digital trainings to provide medical care in emergencies. The project continuous to help people in disaster affected areas. It is expanding steadily. >more

  • 2019 Summer Academy

    2019 Summer Academy

    In October 2019 our second Summer Academy on "Global Risk and Adaptation Futures" will take place in Accra, Ghana. The thematic focus this year will be on demographic changes and how they interlink with climate and environmental changes. We invite experts from all over the world to attend. >more

  • Annual Report 2018

    Annual Report 2018

    We look back on an eventful 2018. It was a year marked by trade wars, social unrest (as in France), and an unrelenting debate about migration in Europe. Important areas of sustainability, such as climate change and poverty reduction, were temporarily pushed into the background. We followed the discussions surrounding these topics very closely, as they play an increasingly important role in our projects. >more

  • Report - 14th International Microinsurance Conference, Zambia

    Report - 14th International Microinsurance Conference, Zambia

    This publication is the summary of the 14th International Microinsurance Conference that took place in Lusaka, Zambia, from 6 – 8 November 2018. The event brought together 450 participants from 57 countries to discuss the challenges and opportunities in microinsurance. >more

  • Cyclone Idai devastates Mozambique - When warning systems are not enough

    Cyclone Idai devastates Mozambique - When warning systems are not enough

    On 15 March tropical cyclone Idai hit the coast near Beira with devastating consequences. 90 percent of the infrastructure and houses are damaged or lost. Hundreds of people lost their lives. What role did warning systems play in this crisis? >more

  • 2019 Dialogue forums: Poor rich world

    2019 Dialogue forums: Poor rich world

    No poverty! Worldwide – with no exceptions or compromises. This is the first of the United Nations' sustainable development goals to be achieved by 2030. It illustrates the huge importance of poverty in relation to global development. The picture presented in the media is made up of disaster reports, crises and famines. The UN goals seem almost utopian - We will discuss ways out and solutions. >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 IMC 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

Resilience building in Bangladesh

Resilience building in Bangladesh

In regard to natural disasters and the impact of climate change, Bangladesh is one of the most affected countries in the world. In partnership with the United Nations University in Bonn, we support the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Dhaka. In addition to research on resilience of the people in Bangladesh, the aim is to safeguard communities against disasters. >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