In order to develop ‘Pro-poor principles’ to guide the implementation of the InsuResilience Global Partnership, we ask you to submit responses as well as any relevant supporting material to the InsuResilience Secretariat ( by 16th of October, 2018. This will serve to create a zero-order draft for a joint workshop on the 23rd of October 2018 in London. Based on further feedback during the workshop the co-chairs of the IGP Working Group on Principles and M&E will develop a draft set of maximum 7 principles to be decided upon by the Partnership’s High Level Consultative Group (HLCG) and the IGP Partnership Forum at COP24 in Katowice, Poland.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: In order to give some guidance for submissions, we have drafted questions and input on what has been discussed earlier to shape principles. This information is meant as guidance for all participants who haven’t been part of the Workin Group on Pro-Poor Principles so far.

Overall guidance:

What are relevant principles to implement the objective of the Partnership to be pro-poor and beneficial for those most vulnerable to climate impacts?
What are necessary steps to operationalize the principles in the context of the Partnership’s (High level Consultative Group, Program Alliance, IGP Partnership Forum, others)?

Further Food for thought:

a) A brief analysis of existing principles from the areas of disaster risk finance, climate risk insurance humanitarian work and climate finance, particularly adaptation finance, showed the following cross-cutting themes, loosely interpreted below:

  1. Impact: Improvements of wellbeing and resilience levels of beneficiaries, ecosystems, and communities.
  2. Transparency & Accountability: Timely and clear disclosure of information; Knowledge sharing; Answerability to stakeholders and capacity and opportunity of stakeholders to enforce demands.
  3. Ownership: Developing countries set their own strategy for poverty reduction and improving institutions; built on existing institutional structures and embedded in national priorities; Driven by beneficiaries’ demands and needs.
  4. Complementarity: Alignment with existing instruments and policies to enhance overall effectiveness.
  5. Equity: Just distribution of benefits taking into account different capabilities.

b) How should these themes apply to the following stages and the distribution of responsibilities and influence across the stakeholders involved (beneficiaries, public institutions, implementing entities, private sector, and civil society organizations)

  • Product design
  • Implementation (e.g. Distribution Channels, Targeting, etc.)
  • (Impact) Evaluation


Background: Why the call for submissions?

1.   The InsuResilience Global Partnership (Concept Note, May 2018)

a) The vision of the InsuResilience Global Partnership (hereafter: the Partnership) is to strengthen the resilience of developing countries and protect the lives and livelihoods of poor and vulnerable people against the impact of disasters.

b) To realize this vision, the Partnership’s central objective is to enable more timely and reliable disaster response through the use of climate and disaster risk finance and insurance solutions, reducing humanitarian impacts, helping poor and vulnerable people recover more quickly and strengthen local resilience over time.

c) For this purpose, the adoption of disaster risk financing and insurance approaches will be promoted and enabled as part of comprehensive risk management strategies and integrated within preparedness and response and recovery plans, which are anchored in country systems.

d) In doing so, the Partnership

Is envisioned as a global multi-stakeholder community, spanning membership from civil society, the private sector international organizations and relevant partners from G20 and V20 countries;

Is building a network across sustainable development, social protection, disaster risk reduction, climate services and climate change adaptation communities; and

Commits to, inter alia, “…empowering governments, businesses and households to become proactive risk managers…and…taking a pro-poor approach based on an agreed set of principles, that puts peoples’ needs at the centre of risk financing.”


2.   Overarching purpose of the principles: Why principles and what for?

By forming principles, we operationalize the pro-poor focus of the Partnership and the need to put vulnerable people in need at the centre of the work implemented by the Partnership. We envision to help to guide the project selection and approval-related decision-making of all Partners of the InsuResilience Global Partnership and also to give input to new solutions in disaster risk finance to focus on the needs of poor and vulnerable people. The principles can be reviewed and updated in regular periods.


Information guiding the inputs provided in submissions:

1.   Background information to guide submissions:

What is meant by principles – Examples:

  • Principles should focus on climate and disaster risk financing instruments, including but not limited to insurance (e.g. contingent credit lines, etc.);
  • Principles should focus on the implementation level (benefitting vulnerable people in need in developing countries);
  • Suggestions put forward should be based on empirical evidence around disaster risk reduction, humanitarian work, disaster risk finance, climate risk insurance, and climate finance;
  • Suggestions put forward should take into account vulnerability, resilience and the operationalization of human rights;
  • Suggestions put forward should take into account the diversity of stakeholders cooperating under the Partnership (e.g. national governments, civil society organizations, multilateral development banks and private sector)

We very much welcome all submissions that help to shape pro-poor principles for InsuResilience. Please don’t hesitate to contact us or the chairs of our working group on pro-poor principles, Sophia Benalfew and Sönke Kreft, if you have any further questions.