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LIVE TALK 05: Addressing poverty and gender-related barriers of urban poor to access Climate Risk Finance and Insurance

Vartika Shukla, Rajeswari Namagiri Gorana, David Jacome-Polit, Beatriz Vaca, Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed
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Hosted by:
Forum for Agricultural Risk Management in Development
The InsuResilience Global Partnership
InsuResilience Centre of Excellence on Gender-Smart Solutions
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This is the fifth session of a LIVE TALKS series on Gender and Climate Risk Finance jointly hosted by the InsuResilience Global Partnership, the InsuResilience Centre of Excellence on Gender-smart Solutions and the Forum for Agricultural Risk Management in Development (FARM-D) within the framework of their engagement together with PARM and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).



At a time when the impacts of climate change are predicted to push up to 132 million additional people into extreme poverty by 2030, there is an increasing need for strengthened adaptation and resilience-building mechanisms, especially for those populations most vulnerable to climate shocks. Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance (CDRFI) solutions can play an essential role in climate change adaptation, enabling governments, businesses, and individuals to protect their financial security in the event of shocks and providing information and incentives for improved management of risks.

As the scientific basis for this event, the InsuResilience Centre of Excellence on Gender-smart Solutions commissioned a study to analyse the poverty and gender-related barriers to accessing CDRFI solutions with a particular focus on women living in urban settings below the poverty line. Mahila Housing SEWA Trust (MHT) in India contributed to the study with their expertise and perspectives as a collaboration partner. They serve underprivileged women working in the informal sector in cities to address their housing and habitat needs and issues. MHT is a member of the InsuResilience Global Partnership and its Gender Working Group.

This Live Talk seeks to understand CDRFI in the context of the urban poor, with a particular focus on including data of women beneficiaries.


  • Understand the gender-differentiated complex conditions faced by poor and vulnerable people when making decisions on managing their climate and disaster risks, including engaging in CDRFI.
  • Identify existing approaches, challenges, and opportunities for developing CDRFI solutions that meet the needs of the urban poor, considering the challenges posed by conditions of scarcity and gender-differentiated experiences.
  • Gather inputs for developing CDRFI solutions that meet the needs of the poor, considering the identified complex conditions.


This webinar is intended for a broad range of stakeholder groups including governmental institutions, civil society, international organisations, academia, as well as insurance authorities, private sector, practitioners, and policy makers, who are involved in the research, design, and implementation of Climate and Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance.


Sharing findings from research in India on poverty and gender-related barriers to accessing CDRFI; listening to more examples from speakers, and facilitating a panel discussion on concrete approaches and solutions to design gender-responsive CDRFI for the urban poor.

Focus Region:
Asia and the Pacific
Focus Topic:
Gender / Youth / Social Inclusion
Rural Finance / Insurance

Vartika Shukla

Gender Consultant

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Rajeswari Namagiri Gorana

Mahila Housing SEWA Trust, India

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David Jacome-Polit

ICLEI/Urban Infrastructure Insurance Facility

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Beatriz Vaca

Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation

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Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed

Centre for Disaster Protection

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