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05.02.2021 | Rachelle Jung | Inclusive Insurance, Inclusive Insurance World Map, Index Insurance, Microinsurance, Regulations

Sixteen years of inclusive insurance regulation

It has been sixteen years since India enacted the first microinsurance regulation in 2005. Now, at least 30 authorities across 43 markets have implemented dedicated inclusive insurance regulation, and others have adopted other regulatory approaches that are supportive of inclusive insurance.
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02.02.2021 | Dunja Latinovic | Covid-19, Health, Inclusive Insurance, SDGs, Supervisory Dialogue

The pandemic proposition – a stronger insurance front for sustainable development

Imagine if every year the population of an entire country the size of the Philippines fell into poverty because of out-of-pocket expenditures on health services. The WHO data on global health coverage presents a sombre picture. Every year 100 million people are pushed into poverty because of lack of health coverage; that without the burden of a global pandemic.
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30.11.2020 | Pascale Lamb, Tom Herbstein | InsurTech, Sub-Saharan Africa, Supervisory Dialogue

InsurTech – shaping financial services in Sub-Saharan Africa

Delivering financial inclusion is a core principle of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) given its role in eradicating poverty. Africa is particularly impacted, given that half of the population is without access to formal financial services. Access to bank accounts hovers at 40%, while insurance accounts for just 3% of GDP, against a global average of 7%. However, recent technological developments have led to the financial system becoming more accessible, to low-income populations than ever before. Across Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, the growth of mobile penetration rates has risen to over 43%, providing a crucial platform for the digital expansion of financial services.
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09.11.2020 | Carolyn Barsulai, Janina Voss | Asia, Caribbean, RBC, Risk based capital, Sub-Saharan Africa, Supervisory Dialogue

Landscape of risk-based capital regimes in emerging markets

Around the world, countries are transitioning their insurance markets to more risk-based capital (RBC) regimes to ensure that insurers have sound financial positions and hold adequate levels of capital. This, in turn, enables the insurance sector to withstand shocks, continue to operate and pay policyholders’ claims. The Global Financial Crisis taught us this lesson; the Covid-19 pandemic is a harsh reminder.
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04.09.2020 | Hannah Grant | A2ii, Covid-19, Inclusive Insurance

A throwback to 2019: old challenges of inclusive insurance remain

This is a reflective time for the A2ii team. Around this time of the year, we gather to look ahead to our next year’s work plan. We discuss supervisory needs, policy developments and innovations around the world. This year, however, discussions have been anything but ordinary. We have been confronted with the challenge of framing the planning for 2021 in light of the global pandemic and considering different playout scenarios.
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