What is pro-poor climate and disaster risk finance and insurance about? What is the experience with designing and applying pro-poor principles and approaches? Which perspectives do multiple actors – governments, civil society, academia, private sector – bring to the tables, locally, nationally and globally? And how can the international cooperation and support architecture advance pro-poor and just approaches to tackle the climate impacts and losses and damages that communities and countries of the Global South are facing?

These are some of the key questions that this conference hosted by a joint civil society consortium is aiming to explore with a wide variety of experts and decision-makers.

The hosting consortium comprises CARE (Germany, Laos, Malawi, Madagascar), MCII, Germanwatch, SLYCAN Trust (Sri Lanka), Chrysalis (Sri Lanka), CDEA (Laos), CISONECC (Malawi), SAF-FJKM (Madagascar), CPDC (Caribbean), ENDA Energie (Senegal), ICSC (Philippines)

Climate and disaster risk finance: exploring the institutional landscape, gaps and needs

Date and Time: 13 Sept. 2022, 11:00-12:30 CEST

Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance (CDRFI) is a prominent topic in 2022. The G7, recognizing the lack of scale and fragmented landscape of donors and implementing organizations, has launched an initiative to improve financial protection of vulnerable people through the ‘Global Shield against Climate Risks’. Financial protection against climate risks also features frequently in the Loss and Damage discussion inside and outside the UNFCCC, and specific initiatives like the L&D Financing Facility are emerging. This session discusses the state of the current climate risk finance architecture as well as key needs and entry points of improvement. Reforming the space is a challenging endeavor, but Civil Society Organizations and Multi-Actor Partnerships can play a significant role through their wide networks and local connections.

Moderation: Magdalena Mirwald (MCII)

Paper presentation: Thomas Hirsch (Climate and Development Advice)


  • Dr. Astrid Zwick (IGP)
  • Sara Ahmed (V20)
  • Kairos dela Cruz (ICSC)
  • Vositha Wijenayake (SLYCAN Trust)
  • Sven Harmeling (CARE)

Building capacity and sharing knowledge on CDRFI: tools and approaches

Date and time: 14 Sept. 2022, 4-5:30 pm CEST

Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance (CDRFI) is a complex subject, and technical capacity gaps are one of the most named challenges of our MAP CSO partners and their member institutions. CDRFI is constantly gaining prominence, hence sharing knowledge and building capacity of new and existing stakeholders across different sectors, as well as educating beneficiaries and customers, is and will be a continuing endeavour. A number of CDRFI Knowledge Sharing Platforms and online courses have emerged in the last few years, particularly under the InsuResilience Global Partnership, the UNFCCC as well as from MAP partners. This session will introduce these different platforms, formally launch MCII’s new MAP eLearning course on CDRFI and give ample opportunity for discussions on best practices and lessons learned.

Moderation: Magdalena Mirwald


  • Jana Siebeneck (IGP)
  • Christon Herbert (CPDC)
  • Stefan Dierks (UNFCCC)
  • Raul Fernandez (MCII)
  • Yannick Schillinger (UNU PACET)

Gender, equality, women empowerment and CDRFI: key considerations for effective actions

Date and Time:  15 Sept. 2022, 3-4 pm CEST/1-2 pm GMT

This session aims at taking a closer look at recent insights and emerging evidence on how to design CDRFI approaches in a gender-transformative manner. This session will bring together a panel of experts from a variety of countries and organizations to share experience and discuss key actions to take forward.
Planned panelists:
  • Christiana Adokiye George, Head Gender Unit, African Risk Capacity
  • Shaila Safaee Chalkasra, Global Affairs Canada, socio-economic research and policy analyst: Emerging experience from the InsuResilience Centre of Excellence on Gender-smart Solutions
  • Fenitra Jeremiah, SAF-FJKM: Gender-smart CDRFI in Madgascar: Insights from mutli-actor partnership dialogues
  • Geneva Oliverie, Caribbean Policy Development Centre: Gender-smart CDRFI in the Caribbean
  • Casey Morrison, CARE Laos: Gender challenges for effective CDRFI in the Lao context

From Glasgow to Sharm El Sheikh: CDRFI and the UNFCCC process

Date and Time:  16 Sept. 2022, 12-1:30 pm CEST

The session will provide a space to discuss the connections and interlinkages between climate and disaster risk finance and different aspects of the UNFCCC process. Particularly in the lead-up to COP27, it is key for multi-stakeholders to engage in and contribute evidence to the discussion on loss & damage, facilitate dialogues, strengthen vertical integration, and identify entry points and potential synergies.

Moderation: Ms. Vositha Wijenayake, SLYCAN Trust


  • Prof. Saleemul Huq, ICCCAD
  • Dr. Christopher Bartlett, Republic of Vanuatu
  • Ms. Vositha Wijenayake, SLYCAN Trust
  • Mr. Sven Harmeling, CAN Europe

Pro-poor climate and disaster risk finance and insurance in the food sector: private sector experience and multi-actor partnerships

Date and time: 20 Sept. 2022, 9-10 am CEST/7-8 am GMT

Within the context of the overall conference, this session aims to share perspectives from domestic private sector stakeholders from various developing countries on climate risks in their operations and the potential role of CDRFI. It will seek to identify barriers and opportunities to pursue pro-poor CDRFI solutions in that context, and provide a space for private sector and civil society to engage across countries.


  • Ishan Rajasuriya, Regional Manager, Ethical Tea Partnership Sri Lanka
  • Kavindu Ediriweera, Director Youth Programme, SLYCAN Trust
  • N.N., ARO (Madagascar): experience with index-based insurance in Southern Madagascar
  • Moderated discussion

Report Launch:

Caribbean Emancipation 2030 : A Sovereign Debt and Climate Justice Initiative for Caribbean SIDs

Date and time: 20 Sept. 2022, 2pm (GMT-4, Guyana)

The research paper examines the economic situation in the region and the existing debt which has been exacerbated by climate change impacts. Proffering key solutions and recovery methods from the debt crisis, such as the importance of debt relief, restructuring and forgiveness. Finally, the importance of CDRFI is to curb the vulnerability of many Small Island Developing States (SIDs) of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and Grenada.

Moderation: Christon Herbert, Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC)


  • Richard Jones, Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC)
  • Magdalena Mirwald, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII)
  • Jwala Rambarran, Economic Consultant

Climate and disaster risk finance and Insurance: Experiences from Africa

Date and time: 21 Sept. 2022, 10:30-12:00 CEST

According to the African Regional Assessment Report of 2020 published by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), during the decade of 2008-2018, over 157 million persons were directly and indirectly affected by disasters in Africa. Most of these disasters were triggered by hydro-meteorological or climatological hazards, predominantly droughts, floods, storms and cyclones. For instance, Madagascar has been hit by 27 cyclones and tropical storms in the years between 2009 and 2018, placing the country amongst the top 5 for the countries with the highest death toll from natural disasters in the world. In Malawi, a Post Disaster Needs Assessment report produced after 2019 after the country was hit by Cyclone Idai showed that the physical damage to the country’s capital stock was about USD 220 million and recovery and reconstruction needs to ‘build back better’ mounted to USD 370 Million, representing 5.8% of Malawi’s GDP. In Senegal, flood-related losses alone exceeded USD 142 Million between the years 1980 and 2012.

This is why Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance (CDRFI) is an important  prominent topic for the continent. It is also why African stakeholders are pushing for financial protection against risks frequently in Loss and Damage discussions inside and outside the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This session will explore how African stakeholders are currently utilizing CDRFI instruments to enhance financial protection for Africans through Multi-Actor Partnerships, single actor initiatives and the regional risk pool of the African Risk Capacity.

Presentation:  Vitumbiko Chinoko, International Climate Negotiator, Climate Justice and Equity Tutor, African Group of Negotiators Expert Support (AGNES)
Moderator: Lemekeza Mokiwa, Interim Assistant Country Director – Programs, CARE International in Malawi |
  • Julius Ng’oma, National Coordinator, Civil Society Network on Climate Change
  • Bako Nirina Rabevohitra, prevention and emergency management support unit, government of Madagascar
  • Emmanuel Seck, Executive Director, ENDA Energie, Senegal
  • Koffi Konin, Head of government services east and southern Africa, African Risk Capacity

Closing session: key learning and take-aways across the conference

 Date and time: 22 Sept. 2022, 1-2pm CEST/11-12 am GMT

The session will wrap-up key aspects of discussions, learnings and take-aways from the various conference sessions. It will do so by involving various panellists and by presenting graphical recordings which will highlight in an innovative way key considerations. These will then also be discussed of a panel of experts including:

  • Dr. Martin Kipping, Head of Division Climate Policy, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Chikondi Chabvuta, CARE International/Southern Africa, CSO representative in the High-Level Consultative Group of the InsuResilience Global Partnership (IGP)
  • N.N., Climate Vulnerable Forum/V20

Building MAP in Asia: Contextualizing and Localizing CDRFI in Laos, Philippines, and Sri Lanka

 Date and time: 23 Sept. 2022, 03:00PM (GMT +8 Manila)

This session focuses on country experiences of building the Multi-Actor Partnership in Laos, Philippines, and Sri Lanka for the past years.

Presenters from CARE International-Laos, Chrysalis, SLYCAN Trust, and Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities will give an overview of local MAP-building processes that they have initiated during the consortium’s first phase.

Presentation topics include: facilitation of enabling policy environments for climate and disaster risk financing and insurance (CDRFI), CDRFI in the agriculture & food security sectors, and research on pilot CDRFI products and initiatives.

Moderator: Angelika Marie David, ICSC


  • Casey Morrison, Senior Climate Change and Gender Advisor, CARE International in Laos
  • Anuradhi Jayasinghe, Consultant – Researcher, Chrysalis
  • Dennis Mombauer, Director for Research & Knowledge Management, SLYCAN Trust
  • Angelo Kairos Dela Cruz, Deputy Executive Director, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC)

Multi-Actor-Partnerships on Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance (CDRFI) aim to strengthen the technical understanding of CDRFI solutions and to spur an effective collaboration between civil society organizations, governments, and private sector stakeholders at the national and international level. Through a BMZ-funded projected (2019-2022), MAPs have been pursued and partially established in the Caribbean, Lao PDR, Malawi, Madagascar, the Philippines, Senegal and Sri Lanka through local project partners with support from CARE Germany, MCII and Germanwatch.

This project is supported by Engagement Global with funding from the
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)