• "The future world of microinsurance – staying ahead of developments" - Report 13th International Microinsurance Conference

    "The future world of microinsurance – staying ahead of developments" - Report 13th International Microinsurance Conference

    Modern technology is transforming the insurance industry and offers huge opportunities to close the insurance gap. Microinsurance today reaches a promising 8.3% of the population in Latin America and the Caribbean according to recent studies. At the same time, the lack of cover against natural disasters pushes millions back into poverty again and again when disasters strike. >more

  • 2018 Dialogue forums: Digital. Innovative. Fair? The future on our doorsteps

    2018 Dialogue forums: Digital. Innovative. Fair? The future on our doorsteps

    Innovations are changing our everyday routines, and changing us, the way we live together, the forms of communication we use, and our work environment. Digitalisation offers many new opportunities – particularly for people in developing countries. At the same time, people in the 21st century will be more dependent on digital systems – they will become “glass human beings”. >more

  • The Landscape of Microinsurance in LAC 2017 - Briefing note

    The Landscape of Microinsurance in LAC 2017 - Briefing note

    This preliminary briefing note summarises key insights from the 2017 Landscape of Microinsurance in Latin America and the Caribbean study which will be published in the first quarter of 2018. The data collected through this study indicates that, as of December 2016, about 8.2% of the Latin American population had at least one microinsurance policy. >more

  • Report 2017 Resilience Academy: Science supports politics

    Report 2017 Resilience Academy: Science supports politics

    40 graduates of the Resilience Academies 2013 to 2016 followed our invitation to Washington D.C. The goal was further subject-related networking between all academy graduates of the last years and to publish the most important results. How are resilience, livelihoods and damage from climate change connected? How can society be strengthened? >more

  • "Climate resilience activities are still in their infancy" - Interview with Alice Hill

    "Climate resilience activities are still in their infancy" - Interview with Alice Hill

    Alice Hill, former Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Counselor for the Department Homeland Security (DHS), took an active part in our Resilience Academy Capstone Conference 2017 in Washington D.C. as a dialogue partner. She answered questions on the impact of the Resilience Academy and on climate resilience approaches. >more

  • If living spaces become uninhabitable – What will the future hold for the world, Germany and Munich?

    If living spaces become uninhabitable – What will the future hold for the world, Germany and Munich?

    The United Nations expect that environmental and climate changes will trigger massive migration movements. Developing countries face a disproportionate threat from sea level rise, severe storms and droughts. The special dialogue forum, which the Munich Re Foundation organised in conjunction with the publishing house oekom Verlag, discussed the challenges involved and potential solutions. >more

  • Dialogue forums 2017 "Positionen"

    Dialogue forums 2017 "Positionen"

    People today are constantly on the move. Whether in industrialised countries or developing countries, we are all mobile as never before, only under very different circumstances. Around 65 million people worldwide are currently on the move - the highest number ever recorded by the UN Refugee Council. In our "Positionen" we highlight 10 lessons learned from our forums 2017. (German) >more

  • “Insurers of tomorrow” will serve the informal market

    “Insurers of tomorrow” will serve the informal market

    The 4th Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Learning Sessions took place in Kigali from 29 to 30 August 2017. The conference aimed at sharing insights on inclusive insurance business models for low-income market segments in Africa. The event was organized and hosted by Access to Finance Rwanda, the Munich Re Foundation and the Rwanda Insurers Association (ASSAR). >more

  • Integration through partnerships

    Integration through partnerships

    Although integration is a key factor in successful migration policies, government agencies often find themselves struggling to cope. They depend on the help of volunteers. The student members of the “Campus for Change” association assist and support refugees and migrants. Carolin Köne is the project leader. Her projects bring migrants and local people together in tandems. >more

  • Nurmia: "If we had left earlier ... " - A Gibika photofilm

    Nurmia: "If we had left earlier ... " - A Gibika photofilm

    In examining evacuation behaviour and decision-making in the face of environmental threats to Bangladesh, it quickly becomes clear how important it is for climate-change adaptation plans to include local inputs. Talking to the people about their experiences and perceptions of disaster risks can uncover unexpected views. >more

  • Fognets Morocco 2017: Image Gallery

    Fognets Morocco 2017: Image Gallery

    Construction work for the first 15 CloudFishers began in January 2017, the new collectors were ready by May. The construction measures in the impassable mountain region were extremely challenging and strenuous. A successful outcome is therefore all the more important. >more

  • Nurses in Nepal – Indispensable for disaster risk management, but still not held in the esteem they deserve

    Nurses in Nepal – Indispensable for disaster risk management, but still not held in the esteem they deserve

    The “EpiNurse” project aims to enhance the public health emergency preparedness through an innovative approach to data collection. The value of nursing and the appropriate management of health staff are key aspects of this. We spoke to Apsara Pandey and Sakiko Kanbara from Japan, the founder of the EpiNurse system, about their plans. >more

  • A new focus for our 2015 RISK Award project: Preparing Denotified and Nomadic Tribes in India for disaster risk

    A new focus for our 2015 RISK Award project: Preparing Denotified and Nomadic Tribes in India for disaster risk

    The RISK Award 2015 has a new focus. Our partners from AIILSG now include one of the most vulnerable populations: Nomadic tribes in India. >more

Resilience Academy

Resilience Academy

We invite 25 young experts from science, industry and politics to an intensive week of study, in Bangladesh and in Germany. Together we analyse what resilience means for different societies and how it can be strengthened in emerging nations. Field excursions in which theoretical approaches are compared with reality play an important role at these academies. >more

International Microinsurance Conference

International Microinsurance Conference

The conference 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