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  • The Micro Insurance Academy (MIA) free courses are designed to propagate practical microinsurance knowledge
  • These courses are prepared for students of several disciplines (actuarial, development, health financing, insurance, economics, business, etc.) and microinsurance professionals worldwide
  • The courses are structured into 3 key streams: Core, Implementation, and Data for Microinsurance
  • These courses are free of charge and students will not receive any certification
  • Learn more below

The Micro Insurance Academy (MIA) is a provider of domain-knowledge in microinsurance. MIA was awarded the Educational Services Provider of the Year Award in 2010 and again in 2011, by the Asia Insurance Industry. MIA is an associate member of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).

MIA is now offering free online courses in microinsurance studies to propagate practical microinsurance knowledge. These courses are prepared for students of several disciplines (actuarial, development, health financing, insurance, economics, business, etc.) and microinsurance professionals worldwide.

The courses are structured into 3 key streams: Core, Implementation, and Data for Microinsurance. Each MIA stream is described below.

The courses are free of charge for the students; and students will not receive any certification.

MIA Core: Principles of Risk and Insurance, Governance Structure, and Business Processes
MIA Core begins with an introduction to the principles of risk and insurance. On completion, the candidate would be able to appreciate the need for insurance, and understand the complexities associated with using commercial insurance schemes for the poor. Against this backdrop, the benefits of microinsurance for the poor, and the society as a whole are discussed.

MIA Core also elucidates the 4 major delivery models of health microinsurance, and discusses their features and challenges. An evidence-based approach is used to show how the health CBMAS model helps in solving certain issues that are inherent in the other models. The stream also describes in detail the CBMAS governance structure and business processes. For each key actor of the CBMAS, it describes the roles and responsibilities of the individual/committee.

MIA Implementation: Governance Structure and Key Actors
The courses of the MIA Implementation stream capture significant aspects of the MIA implementation model. The organizational setup of a mutual is discussed in the context of the CBMAS governance structure. The various levels and functionalities of the key actors of CBMAS are defined, chalking out their roles, responsibilities and reporting relationships. Through these courses, the student also understands the community dynamics essential for effective implementation of CBMAS.

Data for Microinsurance: Data Collection, Interpretation, and Presentation
The courses aim to serve as a guide for students and practitioners of microinsurance so that they understand how to collect, interpret and present data. Students will become familiar with the process of using data before the launch of a new scheme (mainly for risk assessment, package design, and pricing), after launch to inform managerial oversight of their operating microinsurance scheme, and for performance evaluation of the insurance and the impact of being insured.

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Jeff Blacker

  • FSA, MAAA    |   
  • MIA Online,
  • GH-VR

Jeff is the editor of Actuaries in Microinsurance, published by Actex in 2015. He is also an independent consulting actuary and actuarial exam instructor for the Group & Health exams. Most of his career has been in the U.S. supplemental health insurance market. He worked 10 years in financial reporting and product development roles for a U.S. insurer prior to becoming a consultant in 2007.

Jeff graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis and became a Fellow of the SOA in 2004. He has 18 years of supplemental health insurance experience, including product development, financial reporting, and asset/liability management. Jeff was a managing actuary at Conseco prior to starting Global Insurance Consulting, Inc. He lives with his wife, daughter, and son in Indianapolis.

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Professor David M Dror

  • PhD, DBA    |   
  • MIA Online

Prof. David M. Dror is the founding Chairman and Managing Director of the Micro Insurance Academy. Prof. Dror is an acclaimed international expert in microinsurance with over 35 years of experience in social protection and health financing. He served as the Social Security Specialist for the International Labour Organization from 1982 - 2003, advising on social and health insurance systems worldwide. Prof. Dror has been working in India since 2005 and has professional experience in numerous countries across Asia and Africa, including Vietnam, Bangladesh and Nepal. He was named Personality of the Year in 2009 by the Asia Insurance Industry for groundbreaking research and study which has helped boost understanding of how the world's poorest communities can benefit from microinsurance. In 2011, he received the Global Citizen Lifetime Achievement Karmaveer Puraskaar Award for Social Justice and Citizen Action, from the Indian Confederation of NGOs. Prof. Dror holds a PhD (Summa cum Laude), a DBA (Magna cum Laude) and was an honorary professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands).

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Dr. Swapna Jambhekar

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  • MIA Online

Dr Swapna Jambhekar has graduated with a Bachelors of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) from Mumbai University. She then completed her Post-graduate diploma in Hospital Administration from All India Institute of Local self-Government followed with Masters of Hospital Administration from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Fellowship in Insurance (FIII). She has worked in the area of health micro insurance as an Administrator with overall responsibility for implementation of Uplift health mutual funds with partner organizations at the grass root level. Later on she worked as External Consultant for micro insurance and in public health with various multi-lateral agencies. She has joined MIA as a Training Specialist with the RES-RISK project.

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Dr. Nihar Jangle

  • PhD    |   
  • MIA Online

Nihar, Director of Climate Change Program, holds a diploma and a PhD in mathematics from Free University Berlin, Germany. He joined MIA as an actuarial analyst, responsible for developing pricing models and performing risk analysis. As member of MIA's Advisory Services team he led a small project on insurance awareness and client satisfaction. Nihar is now the Director Climate Change Program for the Climate Resilience through Risk Transfer project which is a multi-year intervention on microinsurance solutions for climate-related risks covering health, crop, livestock and natural catastrophe risks. During his studies he spent two years at Brown University in Providence, USA. After a year of post-doctorate studies he joined a consulting company working in the financial industry. His projects were related to risk management and monitoring credit risk (counterparty risk, issuer risk, collateral management, Basel II) for large German banks.

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Atanu Majumdar

  • Senior Researcher    |   
  • MIA Online

Atanu is a post-graduate in Statistics from Indian Statistical Institute (Kolkata) with over 20 years of experience in commercial and development sectors (particularly in the area of health). His experience in the health sector ranges from HIV/AIDS to reproductive and child health, to improving healthcare delivery system and micro planning. At MIA he works as a Senior Researcher with the primary responsibility of providing technical support to various research initiatives and developing Management Information Systems for microinsurance projects. Previously he has worked for GOPA-EPOS (in the Basic Health Project, Govt. of West Bengal), UNICEF (as a Consultant) and renowned NGOs like Child In Need Institute and Bhoruka Public Welfare Trust.

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Jacquiline Roberts Singh

  • Actuarial Consultant    |   
  • MIA Online

Jacquiline is an actuarial consultant based in New Delhi, India. Her work focuses on research related to microinsurance. While at the Micro Insurance Academy (India), she was involved in activities related to developing reinsurance as a risk management tool for microinsurance units. Prior to this, she worked with the XL Group as an Actuarial Analyst. Jacquiline also writes articles on development issues related to health and education. She holds an M.Phil degree in Economics from the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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