Publication: Microinsurance : Extending Pro-Poor Risk Management through the Social Fund Platform
Microinsurance (MI) can be an effective complement to existing menus of social protection programs. A flexible and powerful instrument, MI reduces vulnerability and mitigates the negative effects of external shocks on poor households. However, MI programs require well-developed institutional arrangements in order to run in an efficient and effective manner. Such conditions can be difficult to find in low-income countries. Social funds can help bridge this gap, standing as a platform to organize and deliver MI products. This social funds innovations note introduces some of the primary design principles behind MI program development, highlighting cases of best practice, and suggests how social funds can be used to deliver MI services more effectively to poor households.
“Maleika, Marc; Kuriakose, Anne T.. 2008. Microinsurance : Extending Pro-Poor Risk Management through the Social Fund Platform. Social Funds Innovation Notes. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/3152892d-7815-57e7-8ed6-fb82db5853c6 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”