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Social Finance Update - September 2021

30 years of Social Finance: Idea generation contest
European Microfinance Award 2021: Finalists announced
Blog: COVID-19 and Social Finance: the need for the financial sector to contribute to social justice

Social Finance Update - August 2021

2020 Annual Report
Report: Human resource management in microfinance
Webinar series kick-off: “How financial service providers can improve performance: listening to employees”

Social Finance Update - July 2021

Convention 190: addressing violence and harassment in the world of work
Consultancy opportunity: Financing responsibly the cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire
Publication: Platform labour in search of value

Social Finance Update - June 2021

Partnership with AFD: Risk management solutions for small enterprises and low-income households in Africa
Thematic page: Financial inclusion for refugees and host communities
Joint SDG Fund: Call for proposals

Social Finance Update - May 2021

Social Finance Programme vacancy: Just Transition and Sustainable Finance
The ILO and IFC launch Community of Practice (CoP) among insurers to reduce the protection gap for women
Financial Inclusion Compass survey 2021: share your views on the future of the sector

Social Finance Update - April 2021

Launch new financial initiative
Call for expression of interest EESE
Brief: Designing emergency loans - the experience of KGFS

Social Finance Update - March 2021

New Brief: Microfund for Women, experience in serving refugees and host communities in Jordan
International Conference on Inclusive Insurance 2021: Call for proposals
2021 European Microfinance Award: “Inclusive finance and health care”

Social Finance Update - February 2021

Case Brief: ALM Seguros in Brazil
Webinar: COVID-19 and the insurance industry: Why a gender-sensitive response matters
Course: Insurance for Development course (Seguros para el desarrollo)

Social Finance Update - January 2021

Collaboration with IFC: women and insurance – reducing the gender protection gap
Emerging Insight: Best of 2020
Blog: The year 2020 in blogs

Social Finance Update - December 2020

A new initiative to accelerate the transition from cash to digital wage payments
Webinar: SSE momentum: Finance for Inclusion and the Future of Work during Covid-19 pandemic
Training: Making Finance Work for refugees and host communities

Social Finance Update - November 2020

New thematic page: financing the Social and Solidarity Economy
New initiative to strengthen human resource management in microfinance
Upcoming online training Uganda: Complementary health insuranceUpcoming online training Uganda

Social Finance Update - October 2020

Online self-guided course: Enterprise formalization
International Conference on Inclusive Insurance (ICII) 2020 - Digital edition
Face-to-face training in Kenya: Making financial inclusion work for refugees and host communities

Social Finance Update - September 2020

New Case Brief: Tunajali
Training on "Insurance for SMEs" in Uganda and Côte d’Ivoire
New financial education materials

Social Finance Update - August 2020

“Insurance for Development” online course – scholarships available
ITCILO launches new online course on “Financing Decent Work” (12–30 October 2020)
Case Brief: Fasecolda

Social Finance Update - July 2020

New course: Insurance for Development
Financial education with a gender lens: Validation workshop in Argentina
From cash to digital wage payments: a win-win for employers and workers in Viet Nam

Social Finance Update - June 2020

Thematic page on inclusive finance, risk management and COVID-19
Launch of Social Finance podcast: episodes one and two available
IFC guidance note: "COVID-19 and the insurance industry: Why a gender-sensitive response matters"

Social Finance Update - May 2020

Case Brief: NBC Mozambique
Handling the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines: the experience of cooperatives
Postal networks facilitating doorstep banking during COVID-19

Social Finance Update - April 2020

Upcoming webinar: Building integrated wealth and risk management solutions in India
Impact Bond Working Group
Supporting SMEs during COVID-19

Social Finance Update - March 2020

2019 Annual Report
Webinar on integrated risk management solutions
The contribution of SSE and social finance to the future of work

Social Finance Update - February 2020

2020 Impact Insurance Academy
Video interview: How microfinance can impact employment
The importance of research and what MFIs can learn

Social Finance Update - January 2020

Thematic page on child labour
Financial Education training material for Argentina and Cabo Verde
Reflecting on 2019

Social Finance Update - December 2019

Blending of financial and non-financial services
The SSE Momentum: Finance for inclusion and the future of work
Graduating Impact Insurance Fellows

Social Finance Update - November 2019

The ILO partners with Better Than Cash Alliance to expand the use of responsible digital payments to advance decent work
Customer-centricity for financial inclusion: Creating and delivering value
Launch of online course on financial education

Social Finance Update - October 2019

Highlights from project with AFD and NHIA Ghana
2019 Impact Insurance Forum
The SSE Momentum

Social Finance Update - September 2019

Case Brief: Putting client insights into practice
Blog: The 2019 Impact Insurance Academy
Launch of the Feminist Finance Podcast

Social Finance Update - July 2019

Our latest Annual Report has been released
Microinsurance saves the day for cocoa farmers
Financial education through radio in Zimbabwe

Social Finance Update - June 2019

Our latest Case Brief: Britam
Webinar recording: Population coverage in Ghana
Developing partnerships with governments to offer agriculture insurance

Social Finance Update - May 2019

Social Finance celebrates the ILO centenary!
Research paper: Financing small businesses in Indonesia
New brief and upcoming webinar: NHIA in Ghana

Social Finance Update - April 2019

Rokin Banks - 70 years of efforts to build an inclusive society in Japan by enhancing workers’ access to finance
Emerging Insights: Our 10-year anniversary and the future of Impact Insurance
New infographic about the NHIS in Ghana

Knowledge Flash, Issue 88

February 2019

New paper: Putting your money to decent work
New case: Britam
Africa – from farm to fork - solutions for a growing world

Knowledge Flash, Issue 87

January 2019

Impact Insurance Academy 2019 - July 8-12 in Turin, Italy
Our latest blogs on risk management for climate change
Training opportunity in April: Making microfinance work

Knowledge Flash, Issue 86

December 2018

The future of impact insurance
Blog: can Africa show how gig workers get a fair share in the digital economy?
Knowledge-sharing session: Climate change and the role of agricultural insurance

Knowledge Flash, Issue 85

November 2018

New course on financial education
Emerging Insight: Going digital – what to do first?
First knowledge sharing workshop on agriculture insurance in Nepal

Knowledge Flash, Issue 84

September 2018

The Impact Insurance Academy 2018
Emerging Insight: Ten years of impact insurance
The Fellowship Programme: call for applications

Knowledge Flash, Issue 83

August 2018

New course for policy makers and practitioners: Financial education programme design and implementation
The art and science of being responsible
A decade of impact insurance: Watch the winner of our video contest!

Knowledge Flash, Issue 82

July 2018

New partnership to strengthen the resilience to risk for low-income populations
Register now for the Impact Insurance Academy: scholarships available
Paper: Make change happen

Knowledge Flash, Issue 81

June 2018

Request for proposals: Moving to holistic risk management
New paper: Providing insurance responsibly
Webinar: Digital transformation – from strategy to implementation

Knowledge Flash, Issue 80

May 2018

Register now for the Impact Insurance Academy
Paper: Financial inclusion and health – how the financial services industry is responding to health risks
Sign up for our training in Kenya on claims management

Knowledge Flash, Issue 79

April 2018

Save the date: Webinar on putting client insights into practice
A step towards better agricultural index insurance
Upcoming training in Kenya: Claims management

Knowledge Flash, Issue 78

March 2018

The ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility celebrates its 10-year anniversary!
Blog: Why financial services matter in the fight against climate change
Partnership with the GBG Foundation: Mainstreaming impact insurance globally

Knowledge Flash, Issue 77

February 2018

Our 2017 Annual Report has just been released!
Emerging Insight: The best of 2017
Fintech and decent work

Knowledge Flash, Issue 76

January 2018

Unlocking smallholder credit: does credit-linked agricultural insurance work?
Inclusive insurance: Closing the protection gap for emerging customers
Recording of the Facility-JLN joint-webinar on design thinking now available!

Knowledge Flash, Issue 75

December 2017

GAN working group meeting in Geneva
Emerging Insight: Eliminate the easy way out
Join us for the webinar "Design thinking as a strategy for innovation in public sector health schemes"

Knowledge Flash, Issue 74

November 2017

The Impact Insurance Forum 2017
Climate insurance database
Follow the Facility showcase page on LinkedIn!

Knowledge Flash, Issue 73

October 2017

Governments as catalysts for scaling up agriculture insurance: Key lessons from the Peer Learning Platform workshop
Regulatory Impact Assessments: Microinsurance regulations in Peru and the Philippines
Blogs on Medium

Knowledge Flash, Issue 72

September 2017

Save the date: Impact Insurance Forum 2017Training opportunities in Peru in November
Emerging Insight: The insurer that pays claims
Global partnership between PSI and MIN for sustainable development

Knowledge Flash, Issue 71

August 2017

Save the date: Impact Insurance Forum 2017
Emerging Insight: Partnering with an insurer: A client perspective
The Facility at your Doorstep: Training opportunities in Kenya, Senegal and Laos!

Knowledge Flash, Issue 70

July 2017

Peer Learning Platform for Policymakers in Nairobi, Kenya
Case Brief on Pioneer Microinsurance
The State of Microinsurance 2017

Knowledge Flash, Issue 69

June 2017

Four new partnerships for inclusive insurance
Bundling to make agriculture insurance work
Fellowship opportunity in the Caribbean

Knowledge Flash, Issue 68

May 2017

Fellowship opportunity in Indonesia
New posts from Ethiopia on the Facility blog
Upcoming webinar: "Making change happen within insurers"

Knowledge Flash, Issue 67

April 2017

Two new training courses on offer
New posts on the Facility blog
Upcoming trainings in the Philippines and Kenya

Knowledge Flash, Issue 66

March 2017

Annual Report 2016
The Facility blog: new posts!
“Making inclusive insurance work” webinar series: Agriculture and climate risks


Knowledge Flash, Issue 65
February 2017

New Facility blog: Four steps to prevent fraud in microinsurance
Emerging Insight: Data, data everywhere
Training course in Senegal: Health insurance

Knowledge Flash, Issue 64
January 2017

Registration now open for market research e-learning course
Promoting innovation in agricultural insurance in South Asia
ILO’s microinsurance compendium “Protecting the poor” featured on NDCIe

Knowledge Flash, Issue 63
December 2016

Summary report of Impact Insurance Forum 2016 out now
Emerging Insight: Index insurance education
Pre-registration for IAIS-A2ii-CIMA Mobile Insurance Conference

Knowledge Flash, Issue 62
November 2016

Introducing our fellows
Using “teachable moments” to increase understanding of insurance
Missed the first webinar on “Making inclusive insurance work”?

Knowledge Flash, Issue 61
October 2016

Insurance and economic development: growth, stabilization and distribution
Blog: How financial inclusion can boost a nation’s health and well-being
Start of webinar series with UNEP-PSI

Knowledge Flash, Issue 60
September 2016

Four new innovation and change management partners
Briefing Note: Guidelines for consumer education interventions
Impact Insurance Forum: Becoming a digital insurer

Knowledge Flash, Issue 59
August 2016

Guidelines for consumer education for index-based insurance
A look at mobile insurance: A glimpse into the future
Second webinar on "Role of governments in scaling up agriculture (index) insurance"

Knowledge Flash, Issue 58
July 2016

The State of Microinsurance 2016 has been launched
Emerging Insight 122: An under-rated distribution opportunity - Why post offices matter for insurers
Three additional fellowship opportunities are now open for applications

Knowledge Flash, Issue 57
June 2016

ILO and UNEP join forces through the Principles for Sustainable Insurance and the Impact Insurance Facility
Paper: Advancing financial inclusion through access to insurance – the role of postal networks
“Shocks and development”: international conference and call for papers  

Knowledge Flash, Issue 56
May 2016

Eight new innovation partners in Sub-Saharan Africa
Emerging Insight: Why metrics matter for customer centricity
11th International Microinsurance conference: full report now available  

Knowledge Flash, Issue 55
March 2016

New paper: Insurance for small businesses
Practitioner lesson: Naya Jeevan health microinsurance initiative
Save the date: Symposium on sustainable agriculture insurance 

Knowledge Flash, Issue 54
February 2016

Annual Report 2015
Zambia in Microinsurance Spotlight
Webinar: “The role of governments in scaling up agriculture (index) insurance" 

Knowledge Flash, Issue 53
January 2016

Facility partners with two Asian training institutes
Emerging Insight: Beyond basis risk
The Facility at your doorstep in 2016

Knowledge Flash, Issue 52
December 2015

The Facility opens new fellowships for insurance innovation in Africa
Summary Report of Impact Insurance Forum 2015 out now
Impact Insurance through Change Management - Call for proposals

Knowledge Flash, Issue 51
November 2015

Two new partnerships to support market development activities and innovation in Africa
Emerging Insight: How can insurers remain relevant to MNOs?
The Economic Times: Telenor launches free insurance for mobile phone users

Knowledge Flash, Issue 50
October 2015

Briefing Note: Learning from others’ mistakes
Facility partners with Microfact for Key Performance Indicators training
Join us for the Impact Insurance Forum - 3 November, Casablanca

Knowledge Flash, Issue 49
September 2015

New partnership with three African training institutes
Paper: Learning from others’ mistakes
Join us in the Global Index Insurance Conference on 14-15 September

Knowledge Flash, Issue 48
August 2015

Upcoming webinar on bundling of index insurance
Learning session on microinsurance held in Peru
Microfinance and climate change: Bridging academic research with field practice

Knowledge Flash, Issue 47
June 2015

GAN Working Groups discuss key issues in agriculture insurance
Two steps back: how low-income Kenyans think about and experience risk in their pursuit of prosperity
Annual meeting of the Microinsurance Network: Translating global knowledge into local action

Knowledge Flash, Issue 46
May 2015

New partnership with Agence Française de Développement
Is health microinsurance sustainable?
Making public–private partnerships work in insurance

Knowledge Flash, Issue 45
April 2015

Webinar on Meso-level distribution
The value of claims analysis in health microinsurance
The role of microinsurance in social protection

Knowledge Flash, Issue 44
March 2015

Annual report 2014
Making public–private partnerships work in insurance
Pros and cons of mobile technology for cattle insurance

Knowledge Flash, Issue 43
February 2015

New partnership between Facility, USAID and UC Davis created a Global Action Network on agriculture insurance
Two steps back: How low income Kenyans think about and experience risk in their pursuit of prosperity
Microfinance for Decent Work – Enhancing the impact of microfinance: Evidence from an action research programme

Knowledge Flash, Issue 42
January 2015

Join us to explore microinsurance business models for Africa
The value of claims analysis in health microinsurance: Learning from three South Asian cases
Global health protection crisis leaves almost 40 per cent of the world’s population without any coverage

Knowledge Flash, Issue 41
December 2014

Achieving scale and efficiency in microinsurance through retail and banking correspondents
Outpatient care in RSBY:  A study of program’s pilot experiments
Making health microinsurance work: ten recommendations for practitioners

Knowledge Flash, Issue 40
November 2014

Briefing Note: Microinsurance distribution – Insights for insurers
Briefing Note:  Breaking the ICE – The role of insurance associations in insurance consumer education
Insights into actions: What human-centered design means for financial inclusion

Knowledge Flash, Issue 39
October 2014

Creating an enabling environment to improve client value
Behavioural insights in insurance
Lessons from expanding health insurance in Nigeria

Knowledge Flash, Issue 38
September 2014

Join us at the ILO's Microinsurance Forum 2014
Making health microinsurance work: Ten recommendations for practitioners
Breaking the ICE in Latin America: The role of insurance associations in insurance consumer education

Knowledge Flash, Issue 37
August 2014

The Facility at your doorstep
Integrated health insurance for the urban working poor
Evaluation of RSBY's key performance indicators: A biennial study

Knowledge Flash, Issue 36
July 2014

New partnership with the World Bank Group to enhance access to index insurance in rural areas in Africa and Asia
Creating client value: Ten blueprints for microinsurance providers
Microreinsurance applications: Filling supply and demand gaps

Knowledge Flash, Issue 35
June 2014

We are recruiting!
Microinsurance distribution channels: Insights for insurers
Increasing the immediate value of microinsurance for the poor

Knowledge Flash, Issue 34
May 2014

Business case for microinsurance part II
Case Brief: Naya Jeevan
Microinsurance: Scaling through peer learning

Knowledge Flash, Issue 33
April 2014

Scale: Thinking big
Case Brief: ILRI
Bundling health insurance and microfinance in India

Knowledge Flash, Issue 32
March 2014

Annual Report 2013: Results of ground-breaking practice and research from 2008 – 2013
Business case for microinsurance part II
Scale: Thinking big

Knowledge Flash, Issue 31
February 2014

Using subsidies for inclusive insurance: lessons from agriculture and health
Case Brief: Fonkoze
Mobile phones and microinsurance

Knowledge Flash, Issue 30
January 2014

Removing obstacles to accessing microinsurance
Video on pursuing primary care: The case of Naya Jeevan
The moment of truth: Claims management in microinsurance

Knowledge Flash, Issue 29
December 2013

Mobile phones and microinsurance
A smoother road to building quality insurance at scale
The microinsurance landscape in Asia and Oceania 2013

Knowledge Flash, Issue 28
November 2013

VimoSEWA’s resurgence: Increasing outreach and managing costs in a voluntary standalone microinsurance programme
Literature review on the impact of microinsurance
Update on Cenfri’s microinsurance activities

Knowledge Flash, Issue 27
October 2013

Leveraging health microinsurance to promote universal health coverage
Risk and opportunity: Managing risk for development
The business case for health microinsurance in India: The long and winding road to scale and sustainability

Knowledge Flash, Issue 26
September 2013

Launch of new website
Microcare Insurance Uganda - Case Study
Video: Driving change through peer learning

Knowledge Flash, Issue 25
July 2013

Case Brief: La Asociación Mexicana de Uniones de Crédito del Sector Social (AMUCSS)
Webinar on "Building an inclusive insurance market"
Leveraging health microinsurance to promote universal health coverage 

Knowledge Flash, Issue 24
June 2013

Case Brief: SAJIDA Foundation;
Panel Discussion (with webcast) on "Delivering on the promise of microinsurance: Putting clients first";
Beyond slogans: Good practices in promoting microinsurance products.

Knowledge Flash, Issue 23
May 2013

From satellites to SMS – and everything in between;
Case Brief: IFFCO-Tokio General Insurance Co.;
Webinar on Technology: Improving the enrolment experience.

Knowledge Flash, Issue 22
April 2013

Innovations to deliver microinsurance to the masses;
Case Brief: Aseguradora Rural;
Webinar on new opportunities in microinsurance distribution.

Knowledge Flash, Issue 21
March 2013

2012 Annual Report;
Audiovisual mass media campaigns for insurance education: Stages and lessons;
What is a health card worth? An evaluation of an outpatient health insurance product in rural India.

Knowledge Flash, Issue 20
February 2013

Why people do not by microinsurance and what can we do about it;
Experimenting with delayed payments in China;
Finding real world relevance for microinsurance research.

Knowledge Flash, Issue 19
January 2013

Value-added services in health microinsurance;
Podcast on the technology revolution in microinsurance;
Latin America's 4th Annual Microinsurance Summit 2013.

Knowledge Flash, Issue 18
December 2012

Facility partners meet to share lessons and successes;
The landscape of microinsurance in Africa 2012;
Insurance for the people by the people.

Knowledge Flash, Issue 17
November 2012

Sharing results on the impact of health microinsurance;
Pathways toward greater impact: MFIs with better microinsurance models, products and processes, Microinsurance Paper  n°18;
Did you miss our webinar on enhancing microinsurance in MFIs?

Knowledge Flash, Issue 16
October 2012

Coming together on client value;
Making media campaigns work for microinsurance;
Teaching elephants to dance.

Knowledge Flash, Issue 15
September 2012

Webinar on enhancing microinsurance products and processes in microfinance institutions;
The social dilemma of microinsurance, Research Paper  n°22;
Can the climate be insured?

Knowledge Flash, Issue 14
August 2012

Microinsurance map: a new resource for practitioners on the Indian microinsurance market;
Health thematic page;
Microinsurance and the technology revolution.

Knowledge Flash, Issue 13
July 2012

How technology can support efficiency and client value: the case of livestock insurance in India, Microinsurance Paper  n°17;
Managing microinsurance partnerships, Briefing Note  n°13;
Government's role to strengthen access to health and agriculture insurance in India.

Innovation Flash, Issue 12
February 2012

Alexia Latortue (CGAP) reflects, in her editorial, on the importance to focus on demand and for providers and delivery channels to develop a thorough understanding of clients' needs, preferences and behaviors so as to scale up their efforts. The Newsletter also highlights key lessons emerging from the Facility's Innovation grantees, presents new thematic studies and publications, and shares new sections on the Knowledge center and other useful tools for the industry.

Innovation Flash, Issue 11
November 2011

Dirk Reinhard (Munich Re Foundation) reflects, in his editorial, on how the microinsurance sector has in the past ten years slowly taken off and on what the next steps could be to increase both profitability and client's value. The Newsletter also highlights some Facility's new Innovation grantees (Round 5), presents the new thematic studies and publications of the Facility, and shares useful resources and opportunities (Fellowship positions in Africa).

Innovation Flash, Issue 10
June 2011

Insurers and their delivery partners have often a business model that brings insufficient value for the clients. Anja Smith from Cenfri highlights in her editorial that distribution channels should be more active in providing quality services to clients. They should not only sell products but most importantly service the claims. The Newsletter highlights some Facility's new Innovation grantees (Round 5) and shares useful resources (publications, videos, training and events)

Innovation Flash, Issue 9
March 2011

Why should we invest in an enabling regulatory framework for microinsurance? Yoshi Kawai, Secretary General de of the International Association of Insurance supervisors (IAIS) can contribute to that goal to prepare the growth of the market and support consumers' protection. The Newsletter highlights the Facility's new fellowships opportunities, presents some grantees successes and shares useful resources (publications, articles and videos).

Innovation Flash, Issue 8
December 2010

What is the impact on microinsurance of the microfinance crisis in Andhra Pradesh? Bernd Balkhenhol, Director of the ILO's Social Finance programmme presents the positive and downside of the crisis in the editorial. The Newsletter highlights the Facility's new grantees, presents in details the Knowledge management portal and shares useful ressources (publications, articles and videos).

Innovation Flash, Issue 7
August 2010

Should we keep on calling insurance for the bottom of the pyramide "micronsurance"? That's the question Peter Wrede from AKAM proposes to discuss in the editorial. The Newsletter highlights the Facility's new grantees, presents lessons concerning the distribution channels and shares publications and opportunities for the sector.

Innovation Flash, Issue 6
May 2010

This issue starts with an editorial from Veronica Wodsak, ILO's Social Security Department explaining how microinsurance can support universal access to social security. It highlights the Facility's Knowledge management strategy, presents a few lessons from the grantees and shares publications and opportunities for the sector.

Innovation Flash, Issue 5
February 2010

This issue starts with an editorial from Craig Churchill, explains why Round 4 of the Innovation grants focuses on health microinsurance, presents the CCB program, highlights News/Resources from the sector and a few job opportunities.

Innovation Flash, Issue 4 
September 2009

This issue presents the new Innovation grantees, the first study tour in India, the African landscape study of microinsurance, News from the sector and a few job opportunities.

Innovation Flash, Issue 3
May 2009

Updates on the Innovation grants (round 3 & 4); TA grantees; Consumer education; Research grants; Job opportunities.

Innovation Flash, Issue 2 
February 2009

Third Round is released;
The new grantees' profiles are on-line.

Innovation Flash, Issue 1
November 2008

Through innovation grants, the Facility encourages a variety of organizations to engage in microinsurance and experiment with new products or partnerships. In the first round, we received 127 grant applications, of which nine were selected.

Social Finance Update - March 2021

New Brief: Microfund for Women, experience in serving refugees and host communities in Jordan
International Conference on Inclusive Insurance 2021: Call for proposals
2021 European Microfinance Award: “Inclusive finance and health care”