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Type Working Paper
Title Insurance, credit and safety nets for the poor in a world of risk
Author(s)
Volume ST/ESA/2009/D/81
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2009
Page numbers 0-0
URL http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/papers/2009/outline.shtml#81
Abstract
This paper asks how insurance can be more effectively delivered to the poor, and what its role should be relative to other microfinance programmes, safety nets and informal insurance systems. We focus on the various interactions, including how insurance may crowd out credit and informal insurance, and implications for the design of insurance schemes. We argue that well-designed insurance schemes, building on existing informal systems, and focusing on catastrophic and serious covariate risks, could offer protection against risk and contribute to poverty reduction beyond the combined impact of microcredit programmes, safety nets and existing informal mutual support systems.

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