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Sigma: insurance research

sigma 4/2017: Insurance: adding value to development in emerging markets

Emerging markets have been a major driver of global insurance premium growth over the last two decades. In 2016, emerging markets accounted for 20% of global premiums, up from 5% two decades ago. Nevertheless, many individuals and enterprises in emerging markets remain under- or uninsured, and therefore unprotected against external shocks arising from illnesses, natural disasters and accidents. These shocks can have lasting negative consequences for both economic growth and human development.

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Expertise publications

Building resilience in the eye of the storm – Agriculture in the Caribbean and Central America

By 2050, the farmers of our world are expected to have to feed a staggering 9.8 billion people, up from 7.5 billion today. With fertile soils and a conducive climate, Central America and the Caribbean are uniquely positioned to supply farm products to growing markets worldwide. But the outdoor business of farming is exposed to many perils in the region: hurricanes, droughts, floods and storms, all of which are set to increase with climate change. So what needs to be done to harvest the economic opportunities that lie ahead? Find out on the following pages where the region stands today and what measures will ensure resilient and profitable farming in the Caribbean and Central America.

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Fact sheets

Terremoto in Italia, 2016 Un riepilogo d’impatto

Il 24 agosto 2016, un terremoto di magnitudo 6,2 ha colpito gli Appennini nel centro Italia devastando le cittadine di Amatrice, Accumoli e Pescara del Tronto. Il 26 ottobre, due scosse di assestamento di magnitudo 5,5 e 6,1 hanno colpito Visso, a nord di Amatrice. Il 30 ottobre, una scossa di magnitudo 6,6 ha colpito Norcia, un comune fra Amatrice e Visso. Quest’ultimo è stato il terremoto di maggiore intensità a colpire l’Italia dal 1980 ed il tremore è stato avvertito in quasi tutto il Paese. Nel complesso, ci sono state 299 vittime. Questa è stata l’ultima di una serie di terremoti disastrosi verificatisi in Italia negli ultimi anni. Il Paese è particolarmente soggetto al rischio sismico in quanto e situato in una zona in cui le placche continentali entrano in collisione ed il patrimonio edilizio è vulnerabile. Eppure, poco più dell’1% degli edifici residenziali è assicurato contro i terremoti. Come possono l’Italia ed i suoi abitanti prepararsi ad affrontare meglio gli eventi futuri?

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Corporate reports

2016 Corporate Responsibility Report: Enabling sustainable progress

It is a pleasure to introduce Swiss Re’s 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report. With this yearly publication we want to give you a comprehensive overview of the measures we take to act as a responsible company.

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Partner publications

Lights out: The risks of climate and natural disaster related disruption to the electric grid

This report was authored by students of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) as part of a practicum project in the Energy, Resources and environment Program. The practicum requires student teams to partner with key organizations to address critical international policy challenges. Natural disasters pose grave threats to electric grids and their ability to deliver reliable electricity to communities.

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