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Public Private Partnerships for inclusive insurance against climate risks: What works and what does not?

Srinivasan Iyer, Mario Wilhelm, Munyaradzi Daka, Emily Coleman, Pranav Prashad
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About the webinar
This webinar is part of the International Conference on Inclusive Insurance - Digital Edition, which is hosted by the Munich Re Foundation and the Microinsurance Network.

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are often promoted as an effective mechanism for developing insurance programmes. Nevertheless, outcomes in efficiency and sustainability of operations continue to offer mixed results.

Building on the lessons learned thus far, the session will dive deeper into the different aspects in which governments can support efforts to scale up agriculture, climate and disaster risk insurance to make the products more accessible and responsible: “do no harm”. The various ways in which the private sector can engage with the government, not only to leverage, but also to create a platform for scalable and efficient insurance programmes, will be examined.

Along with government and insurers, the session also probes perspectives of intermediaries for product development, awareness creation and distribution, and loss assessment and verification, to unveil the success factors, improvement opportunities, and to evaluate the positioning of insurance for risk reduction and building resilience.

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Rural Finance / Insurance
Climate / Weather / Environment
About the speakers

Srinivasan Iyer

Programme Manager, Ford Foundation, India

Srinivasan Iyer is currently working as a Senior Program Officer in Ford Foundation New Delhi. Srinivasan holds a master’s of philosophy degree in economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. His grant making focuses on the region’s employment challenge through research and dialogue on job-rich growth strategies, supporting implementation of key social protection policies, demonstrating models in key industrial sectors and strengthening rainfed-farming. His grantmaking also supports increased employment of women in non-traditional occupations and on making cities more conducive to the livelihoods of the poor. Before joining the Foundation in 2014, he served as Assistant Country Director with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in India, leading its work on energy and environment. In the early 1990s, he co-founded Samaj Pragati Sahayog, an NGO that works with poor and marginalized communities in central India on livelihood security and political empowerment.

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Mario Wilhelm

Head Middle East & Africa, Swiss Re, Switzerland

Mario Wilhelm is an experienced finance and (re)insurance professional with over 10 years of experience. He is a prime mover in microinsurance and is advocating a private sector approach in financial inclusion.

He specialties include business development, strategic planning, managing public-private-partnerships (PPP), alternative distribution, B2B solutions in market development and research in high growth markets. Mario´s interests include sports (rowing and cycling), playing the alp flying horn and books & art (history, biographies and Asian culture).

Mario holds a PhD in Southeast Asian Studies and Disaster Research and a BA in Banking and Finance. He is currently a Senior Microinsurance Specialist at Swiss Re´s Global Partnerships team and is based in Zurich.

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Munyaradzi Daka

Consultant, Agro Consortium, Uganda

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Emily Coleman

Agricultural insurance technical lead, INSURED/PARM, IFAD

Ms Emily Coleman has over 14-years’ experience in international development at UN institutions. Currently she is the agricultural insurance technical lead for the Sida-financed INSURED programme, which is overseen by the multi-donor Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM), hosted at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Ms. Coleman’s experience in agricultural insurance spans project management, implementation, research and development, capacity building, and technical assistance across different regions. Her field experience has been focused on Africa and Asia, including Cambodia, China, Rwanda, Senegal, and Zambia. She is an active member of the main global insurance networks, the MicroInsurance Network, and the Global Action Network on Agricultural Insurance. Ms. Coleman has co-authored international publications on agricultural insurance which include a review of global experiences, guidance for governments and donors, and findings on remote sensing for index insurance development. She has been regularly called upon to present at different international fora on the topics and to contribute to global policy dialogue such as to the G8 and G20. Ms. Coleman has designed, coordinated, and provided technical support to a number of donor- and IFAD-funded initiatives on insurance and financial inclusion.

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Pranav Prashad

Senior Technical Officer, ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility

Pranav Prashad is the Senior Technical Officer at the International Labour Organisation (ILO)’s Impact Insurance Facility. He provides technical expertise on agriculture insurance, distribution and mobile services as well as use of technology in insurance.

Pranav Prashad has more than three decades of experience in insurance and business management. He has initiated and taken to scale agriculture and health insurance projects amongst low-income households in India, utilizing a diverse set of distribution channels and enabling the projects with technology.

At the Facility, Pranav has supported the successful introduction of weather index insurance products in Sri Lanka and index-related products for livestock in Kenya among other projects. He is also the lead author of the Facility’s paper looking as various ways mobile phone technology can help in building scale and efficiency in insurance operations.

He holds an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies and a bachelor’s honours degree in Economics, both from Delhi University, India.

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