ESA-announce Call for proposals – 8th International Microinsurance Conference, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – 6 to 8 November 2012

Posted on 2012/04/18. Filed under: 經濟, 綜合 | 標籤:, , |

Call for proposals – 8th International Microinsurance Conference

6 to 8 November 2012, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

From 6 to 8 November 2012, the 8th International Microinsurance Conference will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This event will be hosted by the Munich Re Foundation and the Microinsurance Network, supported by GIZ/BMZ, TIRA, ATI.AIO, MFW4A, iRA, UIA, CEAR and AfDB.

Target audience
Around 400 participants and experts from around the world will exchange experiences and discuss the challenges of microinsurance. The participants will includerepresentatives of insurance and reinsurance companies, international organisations, NGOs and development-aid agencies as well as academics, policymakers, and supervisory regulators.

To cover subjects that are currently of interest, the conference organisers are calling for proposals on the following themes:

1) Case studies of innovative and viable client-centered microinsurance solutions In theory, insurance should enable low-income households to manage risks more efficiently, but does that occur in practice? How can microinsurers design products thatmeet the needs of low-income households, provide them with good value for their money, while still being viable? Submissions should explore ways in which products can be adapted to ensure that they benefit the target market and/or highlight innovative approaches to managing large numbers of small-ticket policies. Proposals on all types of risks are welcome. Submissions must include soliddata providing evidence of the execution of the programme.

2) Thematic issues
a) Experience with cooperative and mutual insurers
The year 2012 is the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives (IYC).
Submissions should focus on the advantages and disadvantages of providing microinsurance through cooperative and mutual insurers and their contribution to reducing poverty and providing value to the client. Presentations shouldhighlight the strengths and challenges of the cooperative business model as an alternative means of providing insurance and furthering socio-economic development.

b) Providing health insurance to the poor
Submissions on this subject should include the following issues: What is the status of the provision of health microinsurance to the poor in terms of outreach and acceptance? How can solutions including PPPs be designed tomeet the needs of the poor? How can social security schemes leverage the expertise and efficiency of the private sector? How is it possible to deal with the limited availability of even basic health service in rural areas? What are effective sustainability strategies for health microinsurance schemes? How can one limit adverse selection and moral hazard? How can one increase benefits, including outpatient cover and pharmaceuticals? How should back office systems be designed in order to reduce costs, improve efficiency and provide better value? Are subsidies needed for effective health microinsurance? Can they be relied on for long-term cover? Where is the ”line” between what needs to be subsidised and what does not?

c) Technology to achieve scale and efficiency
In order for microinsurance to be viable, it needs to efficiently reach large numbers of low-income people. Many microinsurers have high hopes for the role that technology (e.g. mobile phones, portable devices, smart cards, internet, etc.) might play in achieving that objective. How can technology contribute to effective claims handling and help to reach out to potential customers? What role does technology play in consumer education? What will be the role of mobile phones in making insurance more accessible to everyone and expanding microinsurance beyond the low-income market? Presentations should focus on how microinsurance providers followed a practical process to identify the best-suited technology to reach out to customers and explore its pros and cons. Submissions must include information and data about the costs and benefits of making such an investment, an assessment of the break-even point required in terms of premium turnover and/or number of clients as well as a cost-benefit analysis assessing the effectiveness of consumer-education methods.

d) Failures in microinsurance
Microinsurance is growing rapidly. The field finds itself in an intense learning phase in which lessons are eagerly awaited by all stakeholders. Given the relative youth of the field and the sheer complexity of the issues it is trying to address, it is not surprising that some microinsurance projects fail. Since mistakes could easily be avoided if they were evident, the organizers are seeking submissions on failures and the lessons to be learnt from them. What was the project? What were you trying to do? How and why did it go wrong? What would you do differently next time or never do again? What lessons can be learnt? Speakers must have been personally involved in some way in the project they wish to showcase. No documents will be made public
without the speaker’s permission.

e) Consumer protection
The low-income market often lacks experience with insurance services and understanding of the concepts involved. How can microinsurance providers overcome this problem? How can clients be supported more effectively? Do they need more than financial services? Submissions should discuss processes, provide a cost-benefit analysis of different tools and assess the effectiveness and impact of consumer-education methods.

f) Agricultural microinsurance
A large part of the world’s poor population survives directly from the production and sale of crops and livestock. Yet agriculture-related production is among the most risky activities, with farmers across economiclines struggling against the vagaries of weather, other natural calamities, and even international prices. These risks have a negative impact especially onlow-income people. Many models for agriculture insurance are being tested for the low-income market. How can farmers deal with the poor availability of weather data? What are the conditions under which a PPP can work effectively? Are microinsurance solutions the appropriate approach, or are meso- and macro-level solutions key to providing sustainable risk-transfer mechanisms? Submissions should focus on the advantages or disadvantages of different models – index-based, indemnity-based, hybrids, and others on the three different levels – and describe specific cases of their implementation. Presentations must include details relating to product outreach as well as the financial results, and lessons learnt from successes and failures which would be applicable elsewhere. Only submissions based on the details of actual
results will be considered.

3) Scientific track – Economic analysis of microinsurance markets
Together with the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk, the International Microinsurance Conference will have a scientific track to encourage rigorous economic analysis of microinsurance markets.
Empirical, theoretical and policy-oriented papers are invited on topics such as:
• Appropriate benchmarks to measure the success of microinsurance programmes
• Optimal contract design to control adverse selection and moral hazard
• Documenting impact and customer value
• Effectiveness and sustainability
• Transitioning from informal to formal risk-sharing mechanisms
• Distribution mechanisms
• Transitioning from informal to formal risk-sharing mechanisms
• Crowding out or crowding in alternative risk-management mechanisms
• Regulation, supervision and policy
All submissions intended for the scientific track need to clearly indicate how their proposed session is relevant for practitioners and/or policymakers.

4) Microinsurance training sessions
Various “how to …” training tools, curriculums and sessions have been developed in the past. The conference organisers are inviting proposals for training sessions for a limited number of conference participants which can be integrated in the conference agenda. The length of the sessions may be 90 or 180 minutes, depending on the availability of separate rooms.

All proposals will be reviewed by the conference steering committee.
To submit a proposal, please complete the proposal form, which can be downloaded at

To submit a training lesson, please complete the form, which can be downloaded at

Kindly note that no other format can be accepted. Please e-mail the proposal to: info

To submit a proposal on Theme 1, please attach an electronic version of the paper in Acrobat (.pdf) or Word (.doc) format.

Timeline and acceptance
15 May 2012
Notification of
15 July 2012
Submission of presentations and papers for the conference
30 September 2012
Please note that the submission deadline is final.

Travel expenses
Speakers and facilitators will be granted free admission to the conference. There is also limited funding available upon application to pay the economy-travel and hotel expenses of speakers and facilitators only. Travel expenses will be covered for representatives of not-for-profit organisations only (excluding large national or international donor organisations). Applications for travel grants made after submission of a proposal cannot be accepted. There is no limitation on the number of abstracts submitted by anorganisation, but we can cover travel expenses only for one speaker per organisation.

For details on travel grants for speakers and facilitators, pleasesee

Structure and goal of the conference The conference will have plenary panel discussions on key topics addressing an interdisciplinary audience. Parallel sessions of working groups will deal in depth with different subtopics. Interactive sessions of approximately 90 minutes will be a key part of the conference, facilitating dialogue in small groups on emerging issues.

Conference language
English – French interpreters will be available

Supporting organisations of the 8th International Microinsurance Conference

• Deutsche Gesellschaft für InternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) / Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
• Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A)
• African Insurance Organization (AIO)
• Tanzania Insurance Regulatory Authority (TIRA)
• Association of Tanzanian Insurers (ATI)
• Insurance Regulatory Authority of Uganda (iRA)
• Uganda Insurers Association (UIA)
• Georgia State University’s Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR)
• African Development Bank (AfDB)

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FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS- 2 Upcoming International Conferences

Posted on 2011/05/31. Filed under: 管理, 經濟, 綜合, 財務, 會計 | 標籤:, , |

Dear Colleagues

There are 2 International Business Research Conferences coming up as follows:

1. In London, UK from 11-12 July, 2011 (

2. In Paris, France from 14-15 July, 2011 (

Please see details of the FINAL Call for Papers below and for further information please visit their respective websites.

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International Conference in Venice – CALL FOR PAPERS

Posted on 2011/05/25. Filed under: 綜合, 財務 | 標籤:, , , |


C R E D I T 2011
Stability and Risk Control in Banking, Insurance and Financial Markets

Venice, Italy
29 – 30 September 2011

GRETA Associati (Venice, Italy) and Intesa Sanpaolo (Milan, Italy) are co-sponsors of a Conference to be held in Venice on September 29-30, 2011. The objective of the Conference is to bring together academics, practitioners and PhD students working in the area of risk management. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants engaged in research at the forefront of this area to discuss both the causes and implications of recent events in financial markets and may, in turn, suggest fruitful directions for future research. The Conference, organised under the auspices of the Department of Economics of the University Ca Foscari of Venice, ABI – Italian Banking Association and the European Investment Bank is the tenth of a series dedicated to various aspects of credit risk.

The organizers encourage submissions of papers on any topic within the overall theme of the conference and in the following areas in particular:

  • Systemic risk: How to measure it, how to limit it;
  • Banking and insurance: Capital requirements and risk management after the crisis;
  • Financial information: the role of ratings agencies, Pillar 3 (Basel III and Solvency II), stress testing.

The Scientific Committee for the Conference consists of:
Hayne E. Leland, University of California, Berkeley,Programme Chair
Viral Acharya, New York University
Monica Billio, University of Venice
Pierre Collin-Dufresne, Columbia University
Darrell Duffie, Stanford University
Christopher A. Hennessy, London Business School
Dwight Jaffee, University of California, Berkeley
Stephen Schaefer, London Business School
Ilya A. Strebulaev, Stanford University

The final program will include both submitted and invited papers. Keynote lectures include Peter M. DeMarzo (Stanford University) and Luigi Zingales (Chicago Booth). The Conference will also feature panel discussions on researchers’ and practitioners’ views of the major outstanding problems.


Those wishing to present a paper at the Conference should submit by May 31, 2011 to the address given below (preferably in electronic format). Please indicate to whom correspondence should be addressed. Decisions regarding acceptance will be made by June 30, 2011. The final version of accepted papers must be received by August 31, 2011.

Please send papers:
GRETA Associati
San Polo, 2605 – 30125 Venice, ITALY
Phone : +39 041 5238178 – Fax : +39 041 5286166
e-mail: credit


To register for the Conference you are requested to complete the registration form that will be soon available on our website (

Registration fees are:

Early registration Late registration
(within August 10th) (from August 11st on)

Academics: 250 Euro (+ VAT 20%) 300 Euro (+ VAT 20%)
Practitioners: 800 Euro (+ VAT 20%) 1000 Euro (+ VAT 20%)
PhD Students*: 80 Euro (+ VAT 20%) 130 Euro (+ VAT 20%)

For participants presenting a paper there are no fees.
*Students will have to provide valid proof of their student status.

The registration fees cover:
– Admission to all scientific sessions
– Lunches and coffee service during the meeting
– Conference package

The registration fees do not fully cover the conference dinner on Thursday, September 29 for which there is a charge of 80 Euro for each attending person (participants as well as accompanying persons).


May 31, 2011: Deadline for submission of papers
June 30, 2011: Decisions regarding acceptance
August 10, 2011: Deadline for early registration
August 31, 2011: Deadline for sending of complete version of accepted papers

For more detailed information (registration, accommodation and Conference venue), please refer to the Conference website:


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ISFA2011 Reminder Submission Deadline: March 31, 2011

Posted on 2011/03/30. Filed under: 綜合, 財務, 會計 | 標籤:, , , , |

Dear Sir,


International Symposium on Finance and Accounting is scheduled to be held on July 4-6, 2011 at Bangkok, Thailand. The symposium organizers encourage submission of academics papers related to finance and accounting all around the world. All fields of finance, banking, insurance and accounting are welcome.

International Symposium on Finance and Accounting (ISFA2011) is one part of The 8th International Conference on Business and Information (BAI2011).
The ISFA organizers encourage submission of papers related, but not limited to the following fields:

Accounting and Taxation Insurance and Insurance Finance
Accounting and Information Systems International Convergence of Accounting Standards
Auditing and Corporate Governance International Finance
Bank Management, Banking and Financial Services Investment and Portfolio Management
Banking and Financial Education Personal Finance
Capital Market and Securities Investment Quality of Disclosure
Corporate Finance, Restructuring and Governance Real Estate Management
Earnings Management Risk Management
Currency Issues Small Business Finance
Financial Crisis Stock Options and Corporate Performance
Financial Econometrics Treasury Management
Financial Engineering and Derivatives Working Capital Management
Financial Risk in Emerging Markets Other
Information Technology in Finance

ISFA2011 online submission system had been activated, with deadline for submission on 31 March 2011.
Full papers or abstracts should be made using online submission system.

More details about ISFA2011 could be available at

Please help us to forward this message to your colleagues and all who may interest in it.

If you have further problems about ISFA2011, please feel free to contact with us at isfa2011

Best Regards,

ISFA2011 Organizing Committee

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Call For Papers: Global Economics, Finance and Management Conference

Posted on 2011/03/15. Filed under: 管理, 經濟, 綜合, 財務 | 標籤:, , , |

Call For Papers

Global Economics, Finance and Management Conference

Date: 9-10 June 2011 and Location: Intercontinental Hotel Toronto, Canada

Organiser: World Academy of Social Science and Five International Journals


Submission deadline: 9 May 2011 Registration Deadline: 20 May 2011

Theoretical or empirical papers and case studies are invited for the above international conferences which is expected to bring together the academics , researchers and practitioners from all over the world.


· Banking or Financial Institutions

· Economics

· Finance

· Insurance

· Investment

· Management

Please visit our website to see the field of Research.

Submission dates and announcements of acceptance

Please send either full paper or an abstract (maximum of 300 words) by the closing date of 9 May 2011. Confirmation of acceptance will be announced, after completion of blind review process, as :

· Full paper within 10 working days and abstract within five working days.

· Full papers must be sent by 20 May if you want to include in the proceedings

Publication Opportunities and Prizes:

In addition to online conference proceedings, the authors will have the options to publish their papers in an international peer reviewed journals such as Journal of Business and Policy Research, Global Economy and Finance Journal, World Journal of Management and International Review of Business Research papers which indexed by Cabell, Ulrich and other indexing bodies . Papers which are selected for the journal will be notified via the acceptance letter. See the details of the journals in our website. All papers will be included in our online proceedings via which includes proceedings of past conferences.

Delegate fees and Publication Fees:

If your paper is accepted by a particular journal, you need to pay publication fee @US$300 per paper for both print & online version or US$150 for online version only.

Who to send papers: Please send your paper to Dr. Mohammad Hoque, Conference Coordinator via

Program Chair: Dr. Peter Yonnoupoulos, Brock University, Canada

Program Coordinator: Dr. Mohammad Hoque, Monash University, Australia

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ISFA2011 Call for Papers Submission Deadline: March 31, 2011

Posted on 2011/03/15. Filed under: 管理, 綜合, 財務, 會計 | 標籤:, , , |

Dear Sir,


International Symposium on Finance and Accounting is scheduled to be held on July 4-6, 2011 at Bangkok, Thailand.
The symposium organizers encourage submission of academics papers related to finance and accounting all around the world.
All fields of finance, banking, insurance and accounting are welcome.
International Symposium on Finance and Accounting (ISFA2011) is one part of The 8th International Conference on Business and Information (BAI2011).
The ISFA organizers encourage submission of papers related, but not limited to the following fields:

Accounting and Taxation;
Accounting and Information Systems;
Auditing and Corporate Governance;
Bank Management, Banking and Financial Services;
Banking and Financial Education;
Capital Market and Securities Investment;
Corporate Finance, Restructuring and Governance;
Earnings Management;
Currency Issues;
Financial Crisis;
Financial Econometrics;
Financial Engineering and Derivatives;
Financial Risk in Emerging Markets;
Information Technology in Finance;
Insurance and Insurance Finance;
International Convergence of Accounting Standards;
International Finance;
Investment and Portfolio Management;
Personal Finance;
Quality of Disclosure;
Real Estate Management;
Risk Management;
Small Business Finance;
Stock Options and Corporate Performance;
Treasury Management;
Working Capital Management;

ISFA2011 online submission system had been activated, with deadline for submission on 31 March 2011.
Full papers or abstracts should be made using online submission system.
More details about ISFA2011 could be available at
Please help us to forward this message to your colleagues and all who may interest in it.

If you have further problems about ISFA2011, please feel free to contact with us at

Best Regards,

ISFA2011 Organizing Committee

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