The frequency and severity of weather fluctuations have and continue to increase substantially as a result of climate change. Developing countries with limited coping capacity are particularly affected by these events and the losses they cause. The objective of the Climate Insurance Fund is to contribute to the adaptation to climate change by improving access to and the use of insurance in these countries and emerging markets. To that end the Climate Insurance Fund
provides financing to qualified insurance companies and intermediaries based in developing countries that offer insurance solutions against extreme weather events/natural catastrophes and/or agricultural insurance.
The Climate Insurance Fund was set up in December 2013 by KfW Development Bank, on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Currently, USD 60 million have been committed for investments and EUR 17.5 million for technical assistance.
BlueOrchard and CelsiusPro are honored to have been selected to manage the fund. Patrick Scheurle, BlueOrchard’s Chief Operating Officer, states, “The Climate Insurance Fund is a perfect fit for our portfolio of investment solutions and perpetuates BlueOrchard’s long tradition of empowering the most vulnerable in our global community.” Mark Rueegg, Celsius Pro’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, adds, “The Climate Insurance Fund is a unique solution to an
increasingly urgent global issue and we appreciate the opportunity to provide our expertise in climate insurance to such
The consortium provides an excellent set of skills combining BlueOrchard’s outstanding track record in microfinance and strong network in the field combined with CelsiusPro’s in-depth expertise in climate insurance products and proprietary pricing platform. The team looks forward to delivering strong returns to investors while improving the livelihood of the working poor in emerging markets by providing a safeguard against extreme weather fluctuations.
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KfW is one of the world´s leading and most experienced promotional banks. Established in 1948 as a public law institution, KfW is owned 80
percent by the Federal Republic of Germany and 20 percent by the federal states (“Länder”). KfW Development Bank is Germany’s leading
development bank and an integral part of KfW. It carries out Germany´s Financial Cooperation (FC) with developing countries on behalf of the
Federal Government. Its goal is to combat poverty, secure the peace, protect the environment and the climate and make globalization fair. KfW
is a competent and strategic advisor on current development issues.
BlueOrchard Finance S.A. was founded in 2001 as the first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments worldwide. To this day, the
company has deployed in excess of USD 2.5bn in loans to microfinance institutions, providing access to microcredit to over 30 million individuals
across 60 countries. Investors in BlueOrchard-managed funds include private and institutional investors, supranational institutions as well as
CelsiusPro was founded in early 2008 and is specialized in structuring and originating tailored index solutions to globally mitigate the effects of
adverse weather, climate change and natural catastrophes. By applying its index logic, CelsiusPro analyzes big data to design insurance
products. CelsiusPro’s technology enables them to provide smart climate insurance and enhance climate smart behaviour. By reducing
distribution, claims and administration cost lower premiums are achieved.