The Landscape of Microinsurance in Africa 2015 - Preliminary Briefing Note

  • Date Posted: August 29, 2017
  • Organizations/Projects: Microinsurance Network
  • Document Types: Evidence or Research, Primer or Brief, Evaluation
  • Donor Type: Non-US Government Agency

This preliminary briefing note summarizes some of the key trends and insights from the 2015 Landscape of Microinsurance in Africa, the full report for which will be published in early 2016.

This year's Africa study identified 61.9 million people in the region covered by at least one microinsurance policy, up from 44.4 million people identified in the 2011 study. Total written microinsurance premiums amounted to almost USD 647 million, representing an impressive 31% comparable increase since 2011 for institutions who reported data for both studies. Interestingly, this growth was identified not just in credit life products but across all product lines. Though life covers still dominate the region in terms of coverage, the largest growth was seen in health and agriculture covers. Mass market channels are playing an important role, accounting for 45% of the distribution of microinsurance in the region.