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About the IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 188 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

Overview

Get the big picture

Introduction to the IMF, its membership, role in the global economy, and work with other institutions. click for more

History

Why the IMF was set up and how its role is evolving

Find out why the IMF was created toward the end of the Second World War and how it has evolved. click for more

Our Work

The IMF's main jobs

The IMF monitors the world's economies, lends to members in economic difficulty, and provides technical assistance. click for more

Organization & Finances

How it runs

Meet the management and staff of the IMF and learn how the institution is organized and financed. click for more

Governance

Who oversees the IMF?

The Board of Governors, Executive Board, and other accountability mechanisms that govern the IMF. click for more