Call for Proposals
8th International Microinsurance Conference

6 to 8 November 2012, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

From 6 to 8 November 2012, the 8th International Microinsurance Conference will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This event will be hosted by the Munich Re Foundation and the Microinsurance Network, supported by GIZ/BMZ, TIRA, ATI.AIO, MFW4A, iRA, UIA, and AfDB. The Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR) at Georgia State University is organizing the scientific portion of the program.

OVERVIEW: Target audience Around 400 participants and experts from around the world will exchange experiences and discuss the challenges of microinsurance. The participants will include representatives of insurance and reinsurance companies, international organisations, NGOs and development-aid agencies as well as academics, policymakers, and supervisory regulators.

In addition to industry professionals, the conference organizers invite academics to present their research in the Scientific Track of the program and to generally participate and network with industry professionals. Following up on a very successful event from the 2011 conference in Brazil, all academic attendees will be invited to attend a pre-conference session to present and discuss the research methods used to investigate microinsurance. The topics to be covered in the pre-conference will include insurance economics and experimental methods, with application in developing market contexts, as well as specific topics in behavioral econometrics and behavioral insurance.

THEMES: The overall conference seeks to cover the following subjects:

1) Case studies of innovative and viable client-centered microinsurance solutions.

2) Thematic issues.
A. Experience with cooperative and mutual insurers.
B. Providing health insurance to the poor.
C. Technology to achieve scale and efficiency.
D. Forensic review of failures of microinsurance schemes.
E. Consumer protection.
F. Agricultural microinsurance.

3) Scientific track - Economic analysis of microinsurance markets. Proposals to the scientific track should be rigorous economic analysis of microinsurance markets. Theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented papers are invited on topics such as:
A. Appropriate benchmarks to measure the success of microinsurance programs
B. Optimal contract design to control adverse selection and moral hazard
C. Documenting impact, customer value and welfare effects
D. Effectiveness and sustainability
E. Transitioning from informal to formal risk-sharing mechanisms
F. Distribution mechanisms
G. Crowding out or crowding in of alternative risk-management mechanisms
H. Regulation, supervision and policy

All submissions intended for the scientific track need to clearly indicate how their proposed presentation is relevant for practitioners and/or policymakers.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: All proposals will be reviewed by the conference steering committee. To submit a proposal, please complete the proposal form, which can be downloaded at: Kindly note that no other format can be accepted. Please e-mail the proposal to:

- Submission Deadline: 15 May 2012
- Notification of acceptance: 15 July 2012
- Submission of presentations and papers for the conference: 30 September 2012

Please note that the submission deadline is final.

TRAVEL EXPENSES: Speakers and facilitators will be granted free admission to the conference. In addition, there is limited funding available upon application to pay the economy-travel and hotel expenses of speakers and facilitators only. Travel expense reimbursement requests will be prioritized to academics presenting in the Scientific Track and to the representatives of not-for-profit organisations only (excluding large national or international donor organisations). Applications for travel grants made after submission of a proposal cannot be accepted. There is no limitation on the number of abstracts submitted by an organisation, but we can cover travel expenses only for one speaker per organisation. For details on travel grants for speakers and facilitators, please see:

Posted 4/30/12