You are here

Inclusive Insurance MIG

The purpose of the Inclusive Insurance (previously Microinsurance) MIG is to facilitate a better understanding of the challenges and successes of this area of work and to promote how actuaries can apply their skills to help in the development of micro-insurance

Microinsurance can loosely be defined as insurance for the low-income population of developing economies.  Micro-insurance has the potential to play a crucial role in reducing poverty and in improving living standards for low income communities around the world. 

Actuaries can make a difference to micro-insurance through ratemaking, exercising actuarial judgement and the application of pricing techniques

Ratemaking may be particularly relevant, since products have to offer value for money in order to be sustainable. The quality of data varies and often the data is poor quality or missing: situations which require actuarial judgement. Actuaries can potentially apply various pricing techniques to improve current methods, in addition to applying their skills in designing products which are simple and more acceptable (for example by reducing or removing exclusions). 

Actuaries can also help in the risk financing, reserving and monitoring of micro-insurance business

In collaboration with other professionals, actuaries can help with the assembly of an actuarial toolkit, consisting of simple models and guidance documents, which could be freely accessible to groups of policyholders and other parties involved in micro-insurance, to improve the available knowledge in this field.

The MIG's current objectives are to:

  • provide suitable and relevant educational material for members of the actuarial profession and others who are interested in microinsurance.  This will include writing papers for academic journals, articles for publications such as ’The Actuary’ and speaking at conferences and seminars  
  • provide training on microinsurance topics in person and on-line as appropriate
  • with the support of the IFoA's Executive teams, to organise seminars and conferences alone, or with other organisations, on the topics of microinsurance
  • with the support of the IFoA's Executive teams, to engage with academics, supranational bodies (such as the International Labour Organisation and the World Bank) and practitioners in order to spread knowledge and best practice about microinsurance  
  • develop actuarial tools which can be made available to practitioners in developing countries as models of how microinsurance produces can be priced and reserved for 
  • keep abreast of developments with microinsurance in low-income populations of developing economies, fostering a sense of international cooperation in this area
  • maintain close links with the International Actuarial Association’s subcommittee on microinsurance 
  • share regular news and updates on microinsurance with others in the MIG via a quarterly newsletter.

For more information about the actuarial toolkit project, funded by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), visit the toolkit website.

Related documents

Contact Details

If you want more information about Member Interest Groups, or would like to start one, please contact the Professional Communities Team:

memberInterestGroups@actuaries.org.uk

Filter or search events

Start date
E.g., 21/06/2019
End date
E.g., 21/06/2019

Events calendar

  • Risk and Investment Conference 2019

    Amba Hotel, Charing Cross, Strand, London WC2N 5HX
    20-21 May 2019
    Spaces available

    UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION NUMBERS, THIS EVENT HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED. 

  • LMS Invited Lectures 2019

    ICMS, The Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT
    20 May 2019 - 24 May 2019

    Spaces available

    On May 20-24 2019, Prof Søren Asmussen (Aarhus University) will deliver a course on lectures on advanced topics in life insurance mathematics.  This will be held at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Edinburgh, and will be accompanied by supporting lectures from Prof Corina Constantinescu (University of Liverpool) and Prof Andrew Cairns (Heriot-Watt University). To register, please visit https://www.icms.org.uk/LMSAsmussen.php.

  • KSS events – GMP Equalisation - where are we now? Edinburgh

    KPMG  Saltire Court 20 Castle Terrace Edinburgh EH1 2EG
    23 May 2019

    Fully booked.

    This talk will discuss the various methods available for equalising GMP, key considerations and actions for both Trustees and Companies, and a discussion of some of the associated legal issues. This event is now full, however, to join a waiting list please email Sarah.Dawes@KPMG.co.uk

  • SIAS Event: Navigating Organisational Politics Positively

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    3 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The term 'office politics' usually has a lot of negative connotations and indeed an inability to be able to navigate an organisation's formal processes and interact effectively with others at work can have far reaching adverse consequences.

  • Spaces available

    Public scrutiny of what investment funds deliver for consumers continues to be high profile, with the FCA’s Asset Management Market Study requiring fund managers to make (and publish) an annual assessment of value for authorised funds from the end of 2019.

  • Reimagining ageing

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7Q
    14 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Reimagining ageing, hosted by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, in partnership with the ILC

  • Spaces available

    Increasing global concern over the impact of climate change has recently led to public scrutiny over the adequacy of existing risk management practices by insurance firms and pension schemes in dealing with these challenges, that potentially impact both individual actuaries and the IFOA generally.

  • Pensions Conference 2019

    Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS1 3AD
    18-19 June 2019
    Spaces available

    Covering current topics and industry trends, the conference also includes a pre-conference evening dinner (18 June) giving you the opportunity to develop your network. 

  • KSS event – FinTech and The Actuarial Profession

    EY, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh
    19 June 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk from FinTech Scotland's CEO will explore the mission to create an integrated Fintech ecosystem through provision of funding, support, infrastructure and talent that recognises and responds to the needs of all stakeholders - and the overarching aim for Scotland to be one of the top 5 Fintech global leaders by 2020.

    To book your place, please email Barry_Shannon@standardlife.com 

  • Current Issues in General Insurance (CIGI) 2019

    Inmarsat, 99 City Road, London, EC1Y 1BJ
    19 June 2019

    Spaces available

    CIGI is a well-established one-day seminar designed to increase awareness and encourage discussion on a variety of topical issues across the general insurance industry. 

    There will be an excellent and diverse line-up of speakers to provide a variety of perspectives and challenge covering technical and professional areas. 

  • Cass Event – New Thinking about Deferred Annuities

    Cass Business School, Executive Education Facilities 200 Aldersgate St, London EC1A 4HD
    21 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Our motivation for discussing this important subject comes from some exciting recent research which has analysed the impact of behavioural factors on the decision to purchase an annuity. This work has shown that behavioural factors can explain the well-known low demand for immediate annuities but this research also identifies an important opportunity in relation to deferred annuities (DA). The research suggests that these factors lead to positive incentives to purchase a DA and that, for longer deferred periods, a DA could be an attractive product for both consumers and insurers.

  • AGM and Presidential Address 2019 + Volunteer and Member Drinks Reception

    The Hub  Castlehill Edinburgh EH1 2NE
    26 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Notice is hereby given that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the INSTITUTE AND FACULTY OF ACTUARIES will be held at The Hub, Edinburgh on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 16.30 (Preceded by tea from 16.00) and followed by a PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS given by John Taylor.

  • IFAM event - Actuarial Teachers’ & Researchers’ Conference 2019

    Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics Department of Mathematical  Sciences The University of Liverpool Mathematical Sciences Building Peach Street Liverpool, L69 7ZL
    27 June 2019 - 29 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM) at the University of Liverpool is pleased to host the 2019 Actuarial Teachers’ and Researchers’ Conference from 27-28 June 2019. This annual two-day event has been running annually now for many years, each time hosted by a different university, and provides all those interested in actuarial research and education a great opportunity to share their ideas and catch up on the latest developments.

  • SIAS: The Impact of Air Pollution on Health and Life Expectancy

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    2 July 2019

    Spaces available

    Air pollution has gained increasing attention lately. Nicola Oliver, head of longevity and mortality research for Medical Intelligence, will discuss not only the impacts of air pollution on health and life expectancy but also how as an industry we should be addressing it.

  • GIRO Conference 2019

    EICC, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE
    24-26 September 2019
    Spaces available

    GIRO is attended annually by over 800 delegates and speakers who are keen to discuss key topics such as Pricing, Reserving, Modelling and the future of the insurance industry. GIRO 2018 was a huge success and we have opened bookings early for what we hope will be another brilliant conference at the EICC in Edinburgh this year.