Resources on social finance

  1. Publication

    The Landscape of Microinsurance in Africa

    01 April 2010

    Microinsurance Innovation Facility - Microinsurance Paper No. 4 (Electronic resource)

  2. International Women’s Day

    Small Premiums, Long-term Benefits: Why Poor Women Need Microinsurance

    05 March 2010

    15 years have passed since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing decided on a global platform for action on gender equality and women’s empowerment. For poor women in developing countries, microinsurance coverage is an important safety net, providing a powerful tool to protect their households and productive assets. ILO Online reports from Kenya where microinsurance represents a new frontier of economic and social development.

  3. Resource list

    Social Finance Working Papers

    04 March 2010

  4. Publication

    Annual Report 2009

    26 February 2010

    The Annual Report 2009 highlights the achievements of the ILO's Impact Insurance Facility over the past year.

  5. News

    New wave of cooperatives in Cameroon help HIV-positive women gain economic independence

    01 February 2010

    A number of HIV-positive women in North West Cameroon are taking the initiative by generating income through cooperatives, with the assistance of the International Labour Organization (ILO) funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

  6. Publication

    Zanzibar. Social protection expenditure and performance review and social budget

    14 January 2010

    Zanzibar's lack of social protection has left it vulnerable during the current financial crisis and economic downturn, and basic social services are urgently required. The ILO-DFID funded project sets out the current situation of existing social transfers within Zanzibar's social protection system.

  7. Publication

    Briefing Note #1: The landscape of microinsurance in Africa

    01 October 2009

    Microinsurance is growing and expanding throughout Africa. Led by the ILO's Microinsurance Innovation Facility and the MicroInsurance Centre, Briefing Note #1 identified over fourteen million low-income people in Africa who were covered by microinsurance at the end of 2008. The outreach almost doubled over the last 4 years. Even with such growth, there are clearly significant gaps. Substantial parts of the continent remain almost barren of microinsurance. Health, agriculture and property covers, all significantly in need by the low-income market, are evident as a mere fraction of life insurance coverage. This study provides a detailed picture of microinsurance in Africa and discusses challenges in the years to come in order to facilitate broader, high-quality expansion.