The conference aims to distill and disseminate information on key developments in insurance for emerging consumers. Sessions will engage all stakeholders to help them recognise and optimise opportunities in the low-income markets. To cover subjects that are currently of interest, the conference organisers are calling for proposals on the following topics.
New microinsurance and mass insurance products in the fields of:
5. Agriculture/Natural disasters
6. Insurance combined with other financial products
7. Mobile insurance
8. Insurance for SMEs
10.Consumer education: There is a need to build the capacity of people and institutions on many levels, including the financial literacy of the target market and the insurance expertise of delivery channels, while risk carriers need a better understanding of the needs and preferences of the poor. Organisations with successful capacity-building experience at any of these levels are invited to submit applications to present their methods, tools and strategies at the conference. Presentations should include a cost-benefit analysis assessing the effectiveness of the approaches used.
11.Improving business processes: Keeping costs down remains a key challenge in the field of microinsurance and mass insurance. We invite organisations that have worked on change management and improving their business processes to reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction to share those experiences. The organisers are interested in innovations in information technology used to manage premium collection, claims and claims payment, as well as (customer) requests and complaints. Presentations should ideally include detailed performance indicators and trend analyses.
12.Big data. The availability of data remains a challenge for the development of microinsurance and mass insurance. In the absence of reliable mortality tables and weather stations in many developing markets, for example, the mantra of big data as the key for success may prove to be rather a vision than a reality. However, with the availability of new and affordable technologies, data collection and analysis may also support the development of microinsurance and mass insurance for the unserved population. The organisers are interested in efficient tools for data collection and analysis, and their application in developing markets.
- Behavioural economics applied to insurance
- Factors that influence the demand for insurance and allow prediction of uptake
- The role of temporary and permanent subsidies
- Appropriate benchmarks to measure the success of microinsurance programmes
- Contract design to mitigate adverse selection and moral hazard
- Documentation of welfare impact and customer value
- Whether informal and formal risk-sharing mechanisms are complements or substitutes
- Policies to support market development and ensure consumer value
- Actuarial reserving issues
All submissions intended for the scientific track must clearly indicate how their proposed session is relevant for practitioners and/or policymakers.
- All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Steering Committee.
- Proposals for an individual presentation or a full session can be submitted through the online submission form available from the conference website. To submit a proposal, please complete the online proposal form in English. Please note that no other format can be accepted.
- You can attach one explanatory document in Acrobat (.pdf) or Word (.doc) format.
- For submissions under “Scientific track”, an electronic version of the draft paper in Acrobat (.pdf) or Word (.doc) format must be attached.
- The hosting organisation will be responsible for inviting speakers and organising the session in coordination with the organisers of the conference.
- The travel costs of speakers/facilitators must be covered by the hosting organisation.
- Up to four speakers/facilitators will be granted admission free of charge.
- Speakers must be registered by means of the online registration form.
- Speakers/facilitators must be confirmed by 15 September 2017 at the latest.
- The room will be allocated by the conference organisers.
- Room arrangements cannot be changed.
Timeline and acceptance
|Submission deadline for proposals and draft paper||15 May 2017|
|Application deadline for rapporteurs||30 June 2017|
|Notification of acceptance - Start of registration||15 July 2017|
|Submission of draft presentations for the conference||15 September 2017|
|Submission of final presentations and papers for the conference||15 October 2017|