On Wednesday, December 15, the reinsurance giant Swiss Re released a new report, "Microinsurance: Risk Protection for 4 Billion People." The report describes the ways in which microinsurance differs from conventional insurance and how it can effectively help low-income households manage risk, especially through such products as health or agriculture microinsurance. Microinsurance also represents a huge growth opportunity for the insurance sector at large, with the potential to cover 4 billion people globally and generate $40 billion in income.
The report details some of the challenges the microinsurance industry faces, including developing an insurance-buying culture among low-income households, finding appropriate distribution channels and establishing a regulatory framework. It also points out that in those sectors where commercial microinsurance may not be completely viable--for example among extremely poor populations--government support through public-private partnerships may be necessary.
To read the full report, click here.