• Call for grant applications - Fog collection and fog net technology projects

    Call for grant applications - Fog collection and fog net technology projects

    To assist the development of projects for collecting water from fog, the WaterFoundation and the Munich Re Foundation are awarding one or more grants for the provision of new or the enhancement of existing fog collection projects. Both organizations are the founders of a FogNet Alliance in order to improve fog net technology in general, provide knowledge and serve fog net projects including management. >more

  • Environmental performance 2018 and carbon offset project in Ghana

    Environmental performance 2018 and carbon offset project in Ghana

    The Munich Re Foundation takes responsibility for climate protection. As every year, we calculate our CO2 emissions due to office operations as well as our projects and compensate them with an offset-project. In 2018, our carbon footprint amounted to 1,013 tonnes of CO2. To offset the footprint of our events and projects, we supported the Guyapa Stoves project in Ghana. >more

  • Dialogue forum on 24 January 2019: "Global poverty – The world in the poverty trap?"

    Dialogue forum on 24 January 2019: "Global poverty – The world in the poverty trap?"

    Poverty is all around us. In many large cities, people collect bottles with refundable deposits from refuse. We read about child poverty and old-age poverty and see donation appeals on posters with images of starving people in developing countries. But what does poverty mean? What are the differences between the various real-life manifestations of poverty around the world? >more

  • 2017 RISK Award: How nurses in Nepal are modernising the healthcare system

    2017 RISK Award: How nurses in Nepal are modernising the healthcare system

    Mobile phones and tablets are the daily companions of the EpiNurses – nurses with special digital training – in Nepal. The women are sent to refugee camps, crisis areas and remote mountainous regions to provide medical care in emergencies. >more

  • 2019 Dialogue forums: Poor rich world

    2019 Dialogue forums: Poor rich world

    No poverty! Worldwide – with no exceptions or compromises. This is the first of the United Nations' sustainable development goals to be achieved by 2030. It illustrates the huge importance of poverty in relation to global development. The picture presented in the media is made up of disaster reports, crises and famines. The UN goals seem almost utopian - We will discuss ways out and solutions. >more

  • Summary - 14th IMC 2018: "Technology remains a driver behind increasing insurance outreach"

    Summary - 14th IMC 2018: "Technology remains a driver behind increasing insurance outreach"

    Progress in the use and affordability of mobile technology, and the rise of mobile payment schemes, are boosting the outreach of financial services to hundreds of millions of low-income customers previously without access. However, the low level of interest shown by the insurance industry in the low-income insurance market as well as regulatory environments that often prohibit innovations remain major bottlenecks. >more

  • 2019 RISK Award: 109 applications from 48 countries

    2019 RISK Award: 109 applications from 48 countries

    The call for proposals for the „Coastal Resilience“ RISK Award ended on 30 November 2018. We received 109 applications from 48 countries which address the issue from different perspectives. The high number of proposals from all over the world clearly proves the necessity for countries and people in coastal areas to act in order to adapt to and cope with climate and environmental changes. >more

  • "Tomorrow we'll have fog tomatoes" – How fog collectors are improving quality of life

    "Tomorrow we'll have fog tomatoes" – How fog collectors are improving quality of life

    16 October 2018 saw the official opening ceremony for the fog net installation on Mount Boutmezguida in the Anti-Atlas mountains. On each day with fog, it harvests roughly 35,000 litres of drinking water, and a great deal more on exceptional days. This is changing the lives of the people who live on the mountain, and giving them new prospects. >more

  • Adaptation to climate and environmental changes in Bangladesh - New photofilm and new factsheet

    Adaptation to climate and environmental changes in Bangladesh - New photofilm and new factsheet

    "Riverbank erosion usually happens slowly, but occasionally a larger chunk of land suddenly falls into the water. This is what happened the day Sahia lost her first house. As soon as she noticed how deep the cracks were in the ground, she started carrying out their belongings to safety. A few hours later, the house was gone." Read and see more in the new Gibika factsheet and photofilm. >more

  • Energy turnaround and digitalisation - a step forward for climate protection, a step back in the fight for resources?

    Energy turnaround and digitalisation - a step forward for climate protection, a step back in the fight for resources?

    Rare earths, iridium, gallium, nickel or aluminium, that are required for the digital revolution, are finite resources. Do we have enough of them to implement also a global energy turnaround? Where and under which conditions are they extracted? Do we have to consider efficiency and sufficiency more when thinking about a turnaround? Answers to these questions were provided during our "Klimaherbst" event on 11 October 2018. >more

  • 2018 Summer Academy: Global risk and adaptation futures – What role is played by urbanisation?

    2018 Summer Academy: Global risk and adaptation futures – What role is played by urbanisation?

    Since 2009, there have been more people living in cities than in rural areas. This equals approximately 4.2 billion in 2018. The trend towards urbanisation is set to continue and harbours risks as well as bringing opportunities. On one hand, it creates risk hotspots, for example for natural hazards. On the other hand, thanks to redundant infrastructure such as multiple hospitals, cities enhance resilience to external shocks. >more

  • Energyschool Munich receives Georg-Salvamoser-Award in the category "Young Energy"

    Energyschool Munich receives Georg-Salvamoser-Award in the category "Young Energy"

    The Green City project, Energy School Munich, received a further award in 2018. On 21 June, the project team accepted an award from the Georg Salvamoser Foundation in the special category "Young Energy". The €25,000 award is one of the most coveted environmental distinctions in Germany. We are delighted for Green City and would like to offer them our warmest congratulations on this achievement. >more

Summer Academy: World risk and adaptation futures

Summer Academy: World risk and adaptation futures

A sound understanding of future trajectories in environmental and climatic risks and especially the related socio-economic vulnerabilities is of key importance for science, policy and practice alike. Yet, such knowledge and the methodological toolkit to develop it remains inadequate to date. To overcome that gap we initiated the Summer Academy and invite experts to discuss this challenge and find solutions. >more

Inclusive Insurance

Inclusive Insurance

The IMC offers representatives from supervisory authorities, donor organisations, the insurance industry, the scientific community and practitioners a forum for sharing knowledge and networking. It has been held annually since 2005, each year on a different continent. The aim of the platform is to tackle poverty and create a basis for improving the living conditions of people in developing countries. >more

Water - Fog nets

Water - Fog nets

For human beings, nothing can replace water. Our "blue planet" owes its name to the water that covers around two-thirds of the earth's surface. Nevertheless, water is still a scarce resource: only 1% of world's water is available as drinking water. The Munich Re Foundation is supporting projects which provide drinking water in arid regions or in case of emergency. >more

RISK Award

RISK Award

The risks resulting from population growth and changes in the environment and climate are increasing. Complex technical systems and infrastructure can be additional risk factors. We recognise the need to address this development. The RISK Award helps to lower the level of risk by providing financial support to a project dedicated to these issues. >more

The Worldmap of Microinsurance

The Worldmap of Microinsurance

Microinsurance has been making great progress in recent years. New markets are being explored, and new products are being introduced. The importance of a detailed overview of the status quo increases. Since 2012, we have been working together with our partners to make the development of microinsurance transparent all over the world. Studies and interactive maps are being created. >more

Dialogue forums

Dialogue forums

At these events, which are open to the general public and held in Munich, politicians, scientists and persons concerned take a look behind the scenes and engage the audience in discussion. The forums are designed to heighten awareness of our topics such as demographic developments, risk perception, and development policy. >more

Resilience building in Bangladesh

Resilience building in Bangladesh

In regard to natural disasters and the impact of climate change, Bangladesh is one of the most affected countries in the world. In partnership with the United Nations University in Bonn, we support the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Dhaka. In addition to research on resilience of the people in Bangladesh, the aim is to safeguard communities against disasters. >more

Microinsurance Learning Sessions

Microinsurance Learning Sessions

In some countries of the world, the microinsurance markets are particularly dynamic. Factors such as economic growth, reliable boundary conditions or efficient regulation are decisive factors for such developments. In seminars that focus on regional solutions, we work together with partners to share the related knowledge and experience. >more

Climate change and education

Climate change and education

One of the foundation’s aims is to pass on its knowledge to pupils and young students. We cover a broad range of topics: climate change, sustainability, justice, environmental change, social vulnerability and resilience. >more