The videos of this section present TA providers' and TA fellows' field experience. The practitioners share practical insights on the challenges they face to contribute to the development of the microinsurance field and on the opportunities the sector can offer. (Note)
Bridging different cultures
Marc Nabeth CSGI consulting
Marc Nabeth, an experienced microinsurance consultant, reflects on the role TA providers could play to enhance the sector. He doesn´t see his input as purely technical, as for him, understanding the complex codes of the societies he visited and the clients´ preferences primed to bridge insurers plans and clients´ needs.
Video interview (in French) with M. Marc Nabeth -
(10 MB 2.14 min) -
"Our job is less about technical skills than sociological, or even anthropological. Technical skills are acquired relatively quickly. Our role is above all to be intermediaries: the mediators between the different actors so that we can find the compromises that allow people to better manage their risks".
Consulting for microinsurance proves to be an exciting and a sustainable activity
Roland Steinman Consultant and enrolled in the Joint Mission Program
Roland Steinman was introduced to microinsurance through the Joint Mission program where he undertook a series of missions under the guidance of Mentor Michael McCord. Moving from Reinsurance and Swiss Re to microinsurance proved to be a smooth transition, and there are great opportunities for consultancy.
Video interview (in English) with M. Roland Steinman -
(10 MB 2.16 min) -
"The Innovation Facility and the Joint Mission program in my view are really unique. It is a great opportunity to get hands on experience in the field. I do not really understand why more people don´t do this. It is a great opportunity to learn about microinsurance, what it is and what are the difficulties for technical assistant providers or consultants". - Roland Steinman
Feeling useful is the best reward
Paloma Perez - Fellow
Paloma Perez, a young Spanish actuary, with a couple of years experience in the traditional insurance sector explains the reasons why she decided to apply for a fellowship and start a new career in the field of microinsurance.
Microinsurance: a promising alternative for young insurance professionals
Doferegouo Soro - Fellow
Doferegouo Soro worked a couple of years in the commercial insurance sector. Looking for another type of experience he became a Microinsurance Fellow. During his fellowship with CIDR he discovered how to work with and for the communities in Africa and learned many elements such as performance indicators for health insurance or how to manage focus groups that were not part of his previous daily work. He explains why microinsurance offers more innovative and dynamic opportunities than what he used to do in the mainstream insurance sector.
Video interview (in French) with M. Doferegouo Soro -
(12 MB 2.48 min) -
"Microinsurance is, for me, something more innovative, more dynamic than commercial insurance with its standard products and clientele. With microinsurance, we try to reach new targets, to discover new realities, new habits of a different population and it is this dynamism that interests me. What I have learned is to work with communities, something that we don't learn with commercial insurance, performance indicator mechanisms for health insurance, which don't exist in the traditional sector, what the preferences of the various populations are".
When actuaries meet both the industry and the clients' needs
Clemence Tatin-Jaleran, Technical Assistance fellow
As a Technical Assistance fellow for the Facility, Clemence - a young and committed Canadian actuary - worked a few months with a Bolivian micro-finance institution (MFI) to develop a life insurance product for their clients. She highlights how knowledge exchange can bring mutual benefits and presents the challenge and potential to develop a product from scratch that meets both the needs of the clients and the insurer, in a fledgling sector.