• Gibika final project report: “Climate change is forcing us to work together”

    Gibika final project report: “Climate change is forcing us to work together”

    Climate change is confronting countries with different challenges on various levels. Bangladesh is greatly affected by its impacts in many ways. Permeated by the Meghna, Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers, and Bangladesh being a coastal land, mean confrontation with the water element is obvious. The extraordinary amount of water in the country, due to the Himalayan river systems, is constantly being multiplied by rising sea levels. >more

  • Press release: "Insurance essential for sustainable development - but billions are still losing out"

    Press release: "Insurance essential for sustainable development - but billions are still losing out"

    Lusaka, Zambia - 6 November 2018: Billions of uninsured individuals, families and small businesses are exposed to risks which can result in catastrophic losses, delegates to the 14th International Microinsurance Conference (14th IMC) ‘Inclusive Insurance for Emerging Markets’ were told today. >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

  • 14th International Microinsurance Conference

    14th International Microinsurance Conference

    The 14th IMC “Inclusive Insurance for Emerging Markets” took place in Lusaka from 6 – 8 November 2018. Approximately 450 experts from around the world discussed and identified ways of accelerating growth and economic viability in inclusive insurance for emerging markets. The conference was hosted by the Microinsurance Technical Advisory Group of Zambia (TAG) and the Munich Re Foundation in cooperation with the MiN. >more

  • Innovative. Creative. Fair? Chances and risks of the digitalisation

    Innovative. Creative. Fair? Chances and risks of the digitalisation

    The dialogue forum special will take place on 14 November 2018 at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. Students and interested people are invited to listen to experts from different fields of digitalisation and discuss. What would happen, once internet giants like Google and Facebook dictate our lives more and more? >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

  • 2019 RISK Award "Coastal Resilience" - Call for proposals

    2019 RISK Award "Coastal Resilience" - Call for proposals

    Island states belong to the top-priority countries at risk in most parts of the world. Along with the other coastal areas, they are exposed to a number of risks. Extreme storms, erosion, sea level rise and further environmental changes. What are the most useful approaches to build resilience? Apply now and win funding of up to €100,000. >more

  • New publication "Positionen 2018": Digital. Innovative. Fair? The future is already here

    New publication "Positionen 2018": Digital. Innovative. Fair? The future is already here

    Modern life has been strongly impacted by technical advances. We are already spending a significant portion of our time in the digital world, and in some cases in the automated world. There are both benefits and downsides to this. The summarised positions here reflect the key findings and statistics from our 2018 dialogue forums. (German) >more

  • "When the warning flags are raised, we dig a deep hole"

    "When the warning flags are raised, we dig a deep hole"

    As part of the Gibika project, people at risk in the south of Bangladesh received emergency training from the start of 2016 to the end of 2017. Shaun, a 15-year-old school pupil, played a leading role in a street theatre performance on the subject of flood warning. >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

  • 2017 RISK Award – Improving medical care in Nepal

    2017 RISK Award – Improving medical care in Nepal

    The Nursing Association in Nepal (NAN) has won the 2017 RISK Award and is using the prize money to improve medical care for many thousands of people in Nepal. With their partner organisations, they are developing new, digital information and communication technologies for the health sector. >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

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