For the times when citizens expect and need the most

An Introduction to PCRIC

PCRIC is owned for the benefit of the island nations of the Pacific and is a specialist provider of disaster risk finance services and solutions to the region.

We deliver a program of support built on leading-edge technical assistance, targeted collaborations, and innovative product options. Our mission is to help nations better prepare, structure and manage finances to foster disaster resilience and ensure rapid access to funds when they are needed most.


PICs are highly exposed to adverse natural events, including tropical cyclones, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis which can result in disasters affecting their entire economic, human, and physical environment.

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Samoa 2009 Tsunami

192 people killed

Samoa 2011 TC Wilma

68 houses damaged/destroyed
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Solomon Islands 2014 Floods

50,000 people affected

Vanuatu 2015 TC Pam

95% of crops damaged/lost

Fiji 2016 TC Winston

62% of the population affected

Tonga 2018 TC Gita

50% of the population affected

Fiji 2020 TC Harold

180,000+ people affected

Fiji 2020 TC Yasa

93,000 people affected

To date, four payouts have been made for an aggregate amount of more than US$11 million. Two were made under PCRAFI (TC Ian, 2014, Tonga, $1.27m & TC Pam, 2015, Vanuatu, $1.9m) The other half were made by PCRIC (TC Gita, 2018, Tonga, $3.5m & TC Harold, 2020, Tonga, $4.5m) These payouts, all received immediately post-disaster(s), were the first financial injections of emergency funds made into each country.


Sitting by yourself, you are possibly uninsurable, or presented with premiums that are essentially unaffordable.

Pooling your risks together, you can get quality protection at affordable rates.

When disaster strikes, now you are able to recover quickly and efficiently.

Insurers need significant enough exposures in order to increase the predictability of the risks and payouts. This stability is very beneficial and opens up access to favourable insurance protection for smaller island nations.

As more countries join the pool, we can achieve greater economies of scale, and provide pricing benefits through this cooperation

Career Opportunities

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A special thanks to our partners


(sourced from the PCRAFI Program Phase II Furthering Disaster Risk Finance in the Pacific)

  • Honorable Pohiva Tu’ionetoa
    “The insurance payout from PCRIC has substantially improved our financial capacity to respond swiftly to the most pressing needs of those affected by the cyclone.”    
    Honorable Pohiva Tu’ionetoa
    Former Tonga Prime Minister
  • Honorable Gaetan Pikioune
    “In the Pacific, we are extremely vulnerable to natural disasters. The PCRAFI Facility will enable us to receive fast cash injections for emergency response and to sustain essential services in times of crisis. Following the devastation Cyclone Pam wreaked on Vanuatu in 2015, we are acutely aware of the value insurance programs like this bring in supporting our ability to respond quickly to disasters.”
    Honorable Gaetan Pikioune
    Former Minister of Finance and Economic Management, Vanuatu
  • Michel Kerf
    “The PCRAFI Program is just one example of multiple governments and development partners working together to deliver a program that will deliver real benefits for the people of the Pacific. The World Bank looks forward to working with partners to continue supporting the development of new insurance products that will meet the specific needs of more Pacific Island Countries.”  
    Michel Kerf
    Former Country Director for Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, World Bank Group
  • Colin Tukuitonga
    “We are happy to be supporting the PCRAFI Program to assist countries in using PacRIS – a regional database of hazard and exposure data. Quality data is essential in multiple sectors, including disaster risk management, infrastructure design and in stimulating domestic insurance markets.”
    Colin Tukuitonga
    Former Director-General, Pacific Community
  • Dame Meg Taylor
    “This evolution of PCRAFI is a major advancement in the region to mitigate against the financial impacts caused by extreme climate, weather related and geological hazards. Countries have full ownership of the PCRAFI Facility, putting finance ministers in the driving seat for product development and for designing financial instruments that fit national disaster risk financing strategies.”
    Dame Meg Taylor
    Former Secretary-General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
  • Honorable Mark Brown
    “The establishment of the PCRAFI Facility marks a real development within the region, with Pacific Island Countries taking full ownership of the disaster and climate risk finance agenda. The PCRAFI Facility is owned by the countries and has brought in significant donor funds from Germany, Japan, UK and US, which will remain as partners in the region to support this agenda going forward.”
    Honorable Mark Brown
    Cook Islands Prime Minister
  • Brenda Ann Williams
    “It’s great that such an organization like PCRIC exists to support Pacific Island nations rebuild after a natural disaster through their quick insurance payouts.”  
    Brenda Ann Williams
    PCRIC Intern
  • Ratu Mosese Vamarasi Volavola
    “PCRIC acts as a multifaceted support system for the Pacific, especially in assisting governments and their people stay resilient.”  
    Ratu Mosese Vamarasi Volavola
    PCRIC Intern
  • Freimie Tina Toata
    “As a PCRIC intern, I’m glad to be associated with an entity that truly has the needs of the Pacific region at heart.”  
    Freimie Tina Toata
    PCRIC Intern


June 17, 2022

PCRIC Team Meets with the World Bank

While in London, the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) team met with The World Bank representatives and colleagues of the PCRAFI project to discuss issues of importance to the operation and financial sustainability of the company.
June 11, 2022

PCRIC Legal Adviser Participates in Inaugural Climate Summit

The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) Legal Advisor, Dr. Timothy Nielander, recently participated as a panelist at the inaugural Bermuda Climate Summit. Dr. Nielander also serves as the long-standing Legal Advisor for the African Risk Capacity (ARC), PCRIC’s sister risk pool organisation. His panel position at the climate summit was based on his renowned ARC role.
June 11, 2022

PCRIC Secures €10 Million Donation from Germany to Assist with Premium Financing

The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) CEO, Mr. Aholotu Palu recently announced that in December 2021, PCRIC received a Christmas gift of €10 million in premium financing from Germany via the World Bank. Further positive news notes that other donor nations are now considering possible additional funding support in the coming days ahead. The accumulation of premium finance support will help to subsidize the cost of PCRIC insurance policies to vulnerable Pacific Island nations.
June 11, 2022

PCRIC Hosts Drought Consultations

Last week, the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) and Willis Towers Watson (WTW), co-led a virtual group consultation on PCRIC support for drought challenges in Pacific Island countries. WTW is a leading global advisory for risk solutions with extensive experience in disaster risk finance and the Pacific.
June 11, 2022

PCRIC Invited to Cook Islands High Commission Official Opening

The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) was invited to the Cook Islands High Commission Official Opening earlier this week in Suva. In attendance was the PCRIC Regional Coordinator, Ms. Akosita Drova.
June 11, 2022

The PCRIC Team in Action!

The PCRIC CEO Mr. Aholotu Palu and the team spent an entire day exchanging knowledge and experience in London with the CEOs of the African Risk Capacity (ARC) Group and CCRIF SPC, Mr. Lindelwe Lesley Ndlovu and Mr. Isaac Anthony. Also in attendance was Ms. Sophie Evans, the Associate Director – Advisory for the Centre for Disaster Protection.


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