About African Risk Capacity

The African Risk Capacity (ARC) is a Specialized Agency of the African Union established to help African governments improve their capacities to better plan, prepare, and respond to extreme weather events and natural disasters.


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Lancement du premier produit d’assurance paramétrique contre les cyclones tropicaux en Afrique

Johannesburg, 21 Décembre 2020 — Le Groupe de l’ARC (African Risk Capacity) propose un nouveau mécanisme d’assurance aux pays africains...
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Lancement du premier produit d’assurance paramétrique contre les cyclones tropicaux en Afrique

Launch of the first parametric tropical cyclone risk insurance product in Africa

Johannesburg, December 21, 2020 - The African Risk Capacity (ARC) Group is proposing a new insurance mechanism to African countries...
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Launch of the first parametric tropical cyclone risk insurance product in Africa

AFRICAN RISK CAPACITY AND GOVERNMENT OF LESOTHO PARTNER TO STRENGTHEN MANAGEMENT OF CLIMATE DISASTER RISKS

Maseru, Lesotho, 23 October 2020 – The African Risk Capacity (ARC) Group and the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho...
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AFRICAN RISK CAPACITY AND GOVERNMENT OF LESOTHO PARTNER TO STRENGTHEN MANAGEMENT OF CLIMATE DISASTER RISKS

Gender and DRM training for WCA countries, 8 October 2020

As part of the Gender Strategy implementation, a webinar training on Gender and DRM will take place on 8 October...
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African Risk Capacity Group / IGAD Multi-Stakeholder Sensitization Meeting for the IGAD Regional Economic Community

Johannesburg, September 16, 2020 - In an effort to build resilience of the IGAD member States, IGAD Centre for Pastoral...
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African Risk Capacity Group / IGAD Multi-Stakeholder Sensitization Meeting for the IGAD Regional Economic Community

The African Risk Capacity (ARC) Group positions itself as a leader in disaster risk management in Africa

Dakar, September 9, 2020 - The African Risk Capacity (ARC) Group, a pan-African risk management insurance, organized today a conference...
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The African Risk Capacity (ARC) Group positions itself as a leader in disaster risk management in Africa

Le Groupe African Risk Capacity (ARC) se positionne comme un leader dans la gestion des risques de catastrophes en Afrique

Dakar, le 9 septembre 2020 - Le Groupe African Risk Capacity (ARC), mutuelle panafricaine de gestion des risques, a organisé...
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Le Groupe African Risk Capacity (ARC) se positionne comme un leader dans la gestion des risques de catastrophes en Afrique

Joint AU – ARC Press Release

Diong takes over the leadership of ARC Group, promises continuity and scaled commitment to DRM in Africa Johannesburg, September 01,...
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Joint AU – ARC Press Release

Communiqué de presse conjoint UA – ARC

Diong prend la direction du Groupe ARC et promet un engagement continu et accru en matière de gestion des risques...
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Communiqué de presse conjoint UA – ARC

African Risk Capacity Limited Appoints 2 World-class Professionals as Non-Executive Directors

Johannesburg, August 27, 2020 - The African Risk Capacity Limited (ARC Ltd) Governance Committee has appointed two new Non-Executive Directors...
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African Risk Capacity Limited Appoints 2 World-class Professionals as Non-Executive Directors

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What we do

Drought Insurance

ARC’s initial product offering and the first parametric insurance product for drought in the world, the drought risk model and insurance product helps African countries to quantify drought risk and respond early to the impacts of drought events.

River Flood Insurance

Responding to pressing climate risks on the continent, African Risk Capacity is developing a risk model and parametric insurance product for river floods.

Tropical Cyclone

African Risk Capacity has been developing a product to provide rapid financing and early response to tropical cyclones and the wind, storm surge and wave damage that they cause.

Outbreaks & Epidemics Insurance

African Risk Capacity is developing a parametric model and insurance product to address countries’ financing needs in containing outbreaks of viruses and diseases.

Extreme Climate Facility (XCF)

ARC is developing the Extreme Climate Facility (XCF), a data-driven, multi-year, insurance-like vehicle that will provide financial support to eligible AU countries based on a multi-hazard index.


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ARC Member States

African Risk Capacity is run by 34 African Union Member States that signed the ARC Establishment Treaty to create a Specialised Agency dedicated to helping African governments improve their disaster risk management capacities.



Our Impact

$
30000000
in payouts for early responses
>
2000000
vulnerable people assisted
>
2000000
in drought risk coverage provided

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Our main services

Drought Insurance



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River Flood Insurance



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Tropical Cyclone



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Outbreaks & Epidemics Insurance



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Extreme Climate Facility (XCF)



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How we work

African Risk Capacity provides capacity building for and access to a comprehensive disaster risk management & financing system. Working with closely with African governments, we implement efficient and sustainable solutions that address country needs.

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Customised Early Warning

Africa RiskView is a state-of-the-art drought risk model & software that helps countries quantify their disaster risk & monitor drought impacts.

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Contingency Planning

African Risk Capacity works with governments and in-country experts to create coordinated contingency plans before catastrophe strikes.

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Parametric Insurance​

African Risk Capacity disburses financing to fund pre-approved contingency plans to respond rapidly and predictably to disasters.

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Risk Pooling & Risk Transfer

Employing innovative financing mechanisms, ARC Insurance Company Limited pools risk across Africa and transfers it to international risk markets.


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What others say about our work

We need better policies and planning to allocate water resources and to distribute the risks arising from water‑related disasters in a more equitable way. One successful example is the African Risk Capacity, which has created a risk pooling facility to meet the needs of communities hit by severe drought.

Amina J. Mohammed
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
What we would like to see is more African governments taking advantage
of this institution – of our institution. This is solidarity combined
with innovation in practice.

Thomas Kwesi Quartey
Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission
Africa contributes no more than 2-3% of greenhouse gas emissions but suffers disproportionately from the negative impacts of climate change. Africa has been shortchanged by the climate financing architecture. Therefore, we need instruments that will help mitigate climate risks.

Akinwumi Adesina
President of the African Development Bank

Our Impact

$
30000000
in payouts for early responses
>
2000000
vulnerable people assisted
>
2000000
in drought risk coverage provided

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