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Micro-Insurance in the Context of Social Protection


  • Thankom Arun
  • Susan Steiner


This paper aims to understand the role of micro-insurance as an element of social protection. It outlines the current status of micro-insurance provision in Ghana and Sri Lanka, two countries with very different socio-cultural backgrounds. It concludes that both countries are unlikely to extend their social security systems to the entire population in the short to medium term, making private micro-insurance initiatives essential mechanisms to help people reduce their vulnerability.

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  • Thankom Arun & Susan Steiner, 2008. "Micro-Insurance in the Context of Social Protection," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series 5508, BWPI, The University of Manchester.
  • Handle: RePEc:bwp:bwppap:5508

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    1. Arun, Thankom & Bendig, Mirko & Arun, Shoba, 2012. "Bequest Motives and Determinants of Micro Life Insurance in Sri Lanka," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(8), pages 1700-1711.
    2. Amos Gitau Njuguna & Abigael Arunga, 2013. "Risk Management Practices: A Survey of Micro-Insurance Service Providers in Kenya," International Journal of Financial Research, International Journal of Financial Research, Sciedu Press, vol. 4(1), pages 132-150, January.
    3. Dorothee Crayen & Christa Hainz & Christiane Stöh de MartÍnez, 2013. "Remittances, Banking Status and the Usage of Insurance Schemes," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(6), pages 861-875, June.

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