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Microinsurance is drawing big attention among Japanese development practitioners

Monday, September 27th, 2010

story from Tokyo Development Learning Center

Photo: TDLC, Mina Amemiya

The third session of the Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific in partnership with the Training and Learning Circle Distance Learning Series took place on September 16. This series is organized by The East Asia and Pacific Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in the World Bank team, in collaboration with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN). Third session was titled as “Microinsurance and its application in DRM” and covered various innovations on the application of microinsurance in DRM, and the experiences and insights of practitioners.

After a brief introduction, 4 speakers presented their case studies and experiences. The session was concluded with the summary. You can view this session as Video on Demand on the DRM program catalogue page.

Presentations at the session (Presentation slides available)


The participants gathered from 8 different regions in East and South East Asia such as India, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Philippines (2 locations), Singapore and Japan, and the session was live-streamed online. All sites were connected via VC throughout the event and participants actively participated in Q&A session after each of the presentations, discussing and exchanging their thoughts and opinions on microinsurance.

More than 13 experts and practitioners have attended in TDLC (2 JICA officers/experts, 4 scholars and students, 5 practitioners on DRM and 2 others). There has been a growing interest in microinsurance amongst Japanese development practitioners.  The large number of attendees to this particular session reflects serious interest in the Japanese development community to learn increasing endeavors in Asia to use microinsurance as effective tool to assist build resilience in the poor to cope with natural disaster risks.