Update on microinsurance innovation in South Africa (2010)

South Africa has one of the most innovative insurance markets in the world. It is also considered one of the leading microinsurance jurisdictions. Commercial insurers have reached significant penetration in the low-income market, albeit largely through funeral and credit life insurance.

 

The FinMark Trust therefore commissioned Cenfri to provide an update on innovative micoinsurance models and products and the broad lessons emanating from their innovation experiences. Cenfri produced a synthesis note, considers the cross-cutting lessons which can be drawn from the above four case studies’ successes and failures.

 

Click here to download the synthesis note (PDF 1.63MB)

Below, we include four documents which Cenfri produced for the FinMark Trust as part of the microinsurance innovation review. These four documents are case studies on new microinsurance models, as well as updates on models that were covered in earlier FinMark research. The main focus of the case studies is on distribution, an area that has seen particular innovation, but they also consider product innovation as it is closely linked to the nature of the distribution model.

Various environmental and political factors have, during the last decade, incentivised commercial insurers to explore new ways of doing business in the low-income market. Between 2006 and 2008, many case studies on distribution channels and interesting products within the South African microinsurance landscape were identified and documented, including some which have been exploring innovative ways of reaching the low-income market through retailer or cell phone intermediation. For a number of these, the models were so new that the experience was insufficient to comment on the success or failure of the model. However, sufficient time has passed since these models launches to allow for a review of their experiences, including successes and failures.

Additional Info

  • Country: South Africa
  • Institution: Cenfri, FinMark Trust
  • Date Published: 2011
  • Document Type: Synthesis Documents
 

Update on microinsurance innovation in South Africa (2010)

South Africa has one of the most innovative insurance markets in the world. It is also considered one of the leading microinsurance jurisdictions. Commercial insurers have reached significant penetration in the low-income market, albeit largely through funeral and credit life insurance.

 

The FinMark Trust therefore commissioned Cenfri to provide an update on innovative micoinsurance models and products and the broad lessons emanating from their innovation experiences. Cenfri produced a synthesis note, considers the cross-cutting lessons which can be drawn from the above four case studies’ successes and failures.

 

Click here to download the synthesis note (PDF 1.63MB)

Below, we include four documents which Cenfri produced for the FinMark Trust as part of the microinsurance innovation review. These four documents are case studies on new microinsurance models, as well as updates on models that were covered in earlier FinMark research. The main focus of the case studies is on distribution, an area that has seen particular innovation, but they also consider product innovation as it is closely linked to the nature of the distribution model.

Various environmental and political factors have, during the last decade, incentivised commercial insurers to explore new ways of doing business in the low-income market. Between 2006 and 2008, many case studies on distribution channels and interesting products within the South African microinsurance landscape were identified and documented, including some which have been exploring innovative ways of reaching the low-income market through retailer or cell phone intermediation. For a number of these, the models were so new that the experience was insufficient to comment on the success or failure of the model. However, sufficient time has passed since these models launches to allow for a review of their experiences, including successes and failures.

Additional Info

  • Country: South Africa
  • Institution: Cenfri, FinMark Trust
  • Date Published: 2011
  • Document Type: Synthesis Documents