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Insurance in Developing Countries: Exploring Opportunities in Microinsurance

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Insurance in Developing Countries: Exploring Opportunities in Microinsurance

Exploring the positives and negetives of offering Microinsuramce. The potential market for insurance in developing economies is estimated to be between 1.5 and 3 billion policies. There is significant demand for a range of insurance products from health and life, agricultural and property insurance, to catastrophe cover. • Besides profits, there are several other benefits for commercial insurers providing microinsurance: a larger and diversified risk pool, benefits to reputation, and market intelligence and innovation that can be applied to other business activities. • The success of microcredit worldwide has shown that people with low incomes are a proven market for financial services and are effective consumers if given appropriate products, processes, and knowledge. • Microinsurance already covers around 135 million people, or around 5% of the potential market. • Microinsurance is effective even in markets with little experience of insurance, as long as products, procedures and policies are simple, the premiums are low, the administration is efficient, and distribution channels are innovative. • The main suppliers of microinsurance are commercial insurers. Most international insurers and reinsurers are involved in microinsurance initiatives or offer products directly. At the same time, international organisations, donors, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and governments are important facilitators. • Community-based and informal insurance schemes will prove valuable sources of innovation, but it is likely that, as communities develop, opportunities for regulated insurers with appropriate products and processes will increase and these insurers will become market leaders.

File Name: 360 Risk Insight report - Insurance in developing countries (2).pdf
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Created Date: 11-19-2009
Author: Oliver Zenklusen, and Michael J. McCord
Publisher: Lloyd’s of London

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"I was stranded in New York City during the 2003 blackout, and for the next two years, I carried a small flashlight in my backpack. The flashlight did not cost much, but its potential to help in another blackout was obvious and to use it I needed only to press a button. For microinsurance to be accepted on a massive scale, it cannot cost much, its value must be obvious, and it must be simple to use." -- Brandon Matthews | Head of Microinsurance, Zurich Financial Services

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