Ground-breaking MOU signed at COP27 sees global risk pools join forces to raise visibility and influence

November 22, 2022 11:15 am

Global risk pool MOU builds a framework for collaboration in the areas of advocacy, product development and capacity building…

Sharm el Sheikh, 21 November 2022 – Strengthening the reach and impact of the world’s risk pools is the key objective of a Memorandum of Understanding between African Risk Capacity Limited (ARC Ltd.), CCRIF SPC (formerly The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) and Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) signed last week on the side-lines of COP27 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.

The relevance and importance of the three global risk pools are clear, especially in the face of the increasing frequency and intensity of climate change-induced events. The MOU formalizes and establishes a framework for enhanced cooperation and partnership among the three risk pools.

At the signing, Isaac Anthony, CCRIF CEO said: “This is an opportunity to take risk pools to the next level so that these are not just seen as insurance or mechanisms for transferring risk, but also are viewed as tools to scale up disaster risk finance in a very significant way to enable governments to provide higher levels of financial protection for their populations, including the most vulnerable.”

Anthony explains further that the MOU paves the way for the three risk pools to collaborate on sharing best practices in parametric insurance models, developing new and innovative DRF instruments, and undertaking joint initiatives focused on advocacy, capacity building, and training.

“One of the exciting things CCRIF is looking forward to is facilitating access to other types of DRF instruments. It will be important for example for the various risk pools to work collaboratively in engaging Global Shield, for example, to ensure that the role of risk pools is recognized in that particular effort,” Anthony adds.

The launch of Global Shield against Climate Risks at COP27 has been long awaited, says Lesley Ndlovu, ARC Ltd. CEO. This is one of the tangible achievements of the Egypt event, he says, which will “transform the DRF landscape”.

“The Global Shield is an essential element in helping risk pools scale up their efforts to make insurance more accessible, affordable, and available to the people who need it the most in the face of increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters,” Ndlovu says.

“The signing of this MOU among the global risk pools sets the tone for a higher level of collaboration and a strong foundation on which to strengthen each other and our efforts and initiatives going forward.”

The MOU includes the development and sharing of best practices in parametric model development and management, as well as data management relating to parametric insurance instruments. Advocacy and capacity building will form a key component of joint activities to help raise understanding of the role of risk pools as development insurance facilities supporting economic and social development objectives of risk pools’ member countries.

As loss and damage continue to rise and developing countries struggle to fund insurance premiums, member countries recognize that insurance provided by these risk pools is a critical financial resilience mechanism that protects them against the impact of perils and helps them meet the rising cost of disasters fueled by climate change, which is largely not caused by their actions.

However, there are barriers to scaling up DRF, PCRIC CEO Aholotu Palu explains. “While risk pools play an important role in moving the management of disaster and climate shocks away from ad hoc humanitarian assistance and focus the DRM ecosystem on an ex-ante approach, there is still somewhat a lack of understanding of the role we play in helping countries protect their financial means to build resilience and shield themselves from loss and damage caused by climate change.

“Through the signing of this MOU, we elevate collectively the role we play in helping countries fight the impact of climate change.”