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Edition 01/2019

InsuResilience Newsletter

Dear reader,

Greetings from the InsuResilience Global Partnership Secretariat and welcome to the first edition of the InsuResilience Newsletter in 2019. First, a warm thank you for your renewed engagement in the Partnership. Since our last issue, a lot has happened. We would like to share with you these interesting progresses in this newsletter.

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, this newsletter features Janot Mendler de Suarez who sheds a light on gender-sensitive climate risk adaptation. She shares her view through a game that acknowledges the differentiated vulnerabilities to climate change, patterns of access, needs,and usage of financial resilience services between men and women.

We hope you will enjoy the reading and stay tuned for the next edition!


INterview: Gender sensitive climate risk adaptation

InsuResilience in conversation with: Janot Mendler de Suarez

Janot Mendler de Suarez has co-designed the Climate & Gender Game in cooperation with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre: A participatory activity to support experiential learning and dialogue on the differential vulnerability of women and men facing climate variability and change.

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Mainstreaming Gender on the InsuResilience Global Partnership Agenda

The InsuResilience Global Partnership’s Secretariat is planning to kick-off a gender mainstreaming working group. The aim of the group is to operationalize the key recommendations that had arisen from the recently published gender background paper, ‘Applying a gender lens to climate risk finance and insurance’. This paper was endorsed by the High Level Consultative Group and published for the Second InsuResilience Global Partnership Forum held in December 2018, Katowice. A draft scope of the working group aims to focus on the following outputs specifically:

Produce a draft statement for formal adoption by the Partnership setting out its multi-stakeholder commitment on gender and women and climate risk finance, and an accompanying multi-year multi-stakeholder action plan;

Support the development of new potential partnerships to support the implementation of the multi-year gender action plan and develop a policy brief for policy-related stakeholders including gender dimensions; and

Produce an analytical study on integrating gender into different models of CRI, featuring detailed case studies with practical advice and solutions.

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R4, A Safety Net Program in Ethiopia: Helping Small-Scale Farmers to Reduce the Impact of Disasters and Increase Production

R4 has been designed by the World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxfam America on the understanding that most years vulnerable farmers are living right at, or below the survival threshold, and that in order to keep them from spiraling down after a shock event, they require a set of risk management tools that can protect and promote their lives and livelihoods.

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Client and Contract Value Assessment Tool for Agriculture Insurance

The ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access (AMA Innovation Lab) at UC Davis have developed a new tool to assess the value of agricultural index insurance products for farmers- the 3-D Client Value Assessment Tool.

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Using Games to Educate Farmers on Microinsurance

Climate change has been a growing challenge in Madagascar, with smallholder farmers being particularly affected by increasingly frequent climate shocks. Mandated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and co-funded by the European Union, GIZ implemented the project “Adaptation of agricultural value chains to climate change” (PrAda) to help address this issue. One of their initiatives is launching a climate risk microinsurance product for these farmers in cooperation with the InsuResilience Global Partnership.

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The InsuRisk Tool update

In 2017, the InsuResilience Secretariat commissioned the United Nations University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and Social Impact Partners to develop a concept and methodology that provide transparent and comparable information on countries’ vulnerability towards climate and disaster risks and their readiness to accommodate insurance solutions. Such information is supposed to provide orientation for the prioritization of action within the InsuResilience Global Partnership and tailor support for potential partner countries.

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The United Nation’s World Food Programme scales up participation in the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative by 60 percent in 2018

During 2018, in the 6 countries where the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4) operates, the number of participants increased by 60 percent from the previous year, with the largest growth coming from Malawi, thanks to a significant contribution from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

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New publications

Concessional Support for Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance

It is broadly recognized by policymakers around the world that climate and disaster risk finance and insurance (CDRFI), when embedded in a comprehensive risk management framework, can help vulnerable countries manage the risk from climate and disaster shocks more effectively. Financing tools like sovereign risk transfer solutions can lead to faster, timelier, cost-effective, and more reliable response and recovery.

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Climate Risk Insurance Solutions: Understanding the Drivers of Cost Effectiveness

MCII’s third discussion paper is a new contribution to the debates around the cost-effectiveness of climate risk insurance. Building on a Multi-Criteria Cost Effectiveness Analysis (MCCEA), it allows for an integrated assessment of efficiency and effectiveness, and enables a comprehensive understanding of performance parameters. It then showcases the application of the developed MCCEA framework for four prominent insurance schemes and provides illustrative recommendations for addressing remaining stumbling blocks, strengthening product innovation and further research.

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What do Cassava and Potato Growers Need to Move Beyond Subsistence Farming?

The ILO Facility frequently posts on Medium, discussing various developments and projects highlighting insurance’s contribution to economic and social development. For example, what do small farmers and processors need to become reliable partners in the cassava value chain in Africa? Also check out an interview with La Positiva Seguros (also posted in Spanish), a pioneer in Peru’s agriculture microinsurance market.

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Creating Synergies between Macro and Micro Level Insurance for Climate Protection

The DRM community has advocated for integrated and complementary DRF approaches. In spite of this, macro and micro insurance schemes have struggled to find areas of common support. Theoretically, linkages could lead to process and resource efficiencies, ultimately enhancing the effectiveness of DRM strategies. MCII’s fourth discussion paper elaborates on some of the ideas discussed during the session hosted by the InsuResilience Secretariat at the Microinsurance Conference held in Lusaka in November 8, 2018. The paper provides guidance on sensitive issues that need to be considered to further these linkages in the future.

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A Human Rights-based Approach to Climate Risk Insurance

In developing countries, an increasing number of climate risk insurance programs has been implemented through public-private partnerships aiming at insuring the poorest and often most vulnerable people. In order to make sure that indeed the poorest and most vulnerable benefit from these schemes, the call has been made to follow a human rights-based approach.

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Upcoming Events

12. - 14. April 2019 World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings
Washington D.C., USA
13. - 17. March 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
Geneva, Switzerland
22. - 23. March 2019 International Conference on Climate Action 2019 (ICCA)
Heidelberg, Germany
For more events check our website

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