Our Partners

The IMF’s knowledge sharing efforts are demand-driven, meaning initiated by our member countries. Amid global economic challenges and the international community’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, this demand has increased substantially in recent years. In FY2016, the IMF provided support to almost the entire membership of 189 countries.

The IMF contributes a significant amount of its own resources to ensure that demand is met. Bilateral and multilateral partners also play a vital role in meeting this demand, and presently finance about one half of the IMF’s knowledge sharing efforts. Partners contribute to the IMF’s knowledge sharing work in a variety of ways —  via our global network of regional capacity development centers and thematic funds focused on specialized areas, or through bilateral programs.

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Our partners include:

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Japan

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European Union

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United Kingdom

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Canada

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Switzerland

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Kuwait

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Austria

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Netherlands

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Australia

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Norway

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Germany

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Mauritius

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Singapore

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Belgium

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Korea

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France

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African Development Bank

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United States

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China

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Gates Foundation

Two partners, in particular, have supported the IMF’s knowledge sharing efforts significantly over the years:

Japan

In 1990, Japan became the first partner to support the IMF’s knowledge sharing efforts and is currently its single largest contributor, providing $481 million in funding to date. About 130 IMF member countries across the globe have benefited from Japan’s funding.

In FY2016, the Government of Japan funded a large portfolio of 39 programs, benefiting more than 100 countries. Projects are funded by a new contribution of $24.8 million.

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European Union

The EU-IMF partnership for developing countries is organized around three main pillars: an “Africa Flagship Initiative” to support economic growth in Africa; a “Collect More Initiative” to foster revenue mobilization; and a “Spend Better Initiative” to improve the effectiveness of public spending.

With steadfast support to regional capacity development centers and global thematic funds, as well as bilateral programs, the partnership covers a broad range of issues related to good economic governance and institution building, as well as related human capacity development needs, thus helping countries achieve sustained progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The IMF also collaborates with the EU to support its Member and Accession states to build strong institutions and policies. Since 2009, the EU has contributed about US$200 million to IMF capacity development.

Switzerland

Since 1997, Switzerland, through its State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), has partnered with the IMF on CD. As an early supporter of IMF multi-partner initiatives, it has contributed to regional capacity development centers in Africa and global thematic funds focused on key topics. The country’s support promotes economic stability and sustainable growth, helping countries reduce poverty. Switzerland has contributed approximately US$139 million towards IMF CD to date.

Funds for Capacity Development

Thematic funds support the IMF’s knowledge sharing on topics that are closely linked to the Financing for Development agenda and are delivered across all geographic regions. They include:

Funds for Capacity Development Partners
Revenue Mobilization (RM) Australia, Belgium, EU, Germany, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland
Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) France, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, UK
Managing Natural Resource Wealth (MNRW) Fund Australia, EU, Kuwait, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Switzerland
Debt Management Facility II (DMF II) Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Switzerland (joint with World Bank)
Financial Sector Reform Strengthening Initiative (FIRST) Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK (joint with World Bank)
Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT) EU, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, UK
Data for Decisions (D4D) To be launched shortly
Financial Sector Stability Fund (FSSF) To be launched shortly

Building sound economic institutions and developing the skills to sustain them is a key priority for fragile states. Two country funds work with South Sudan and Somalia as they strengthen their operating and technical capacity to make economic and financial institutions become more effective, transparent, and accountable. The South Sudan Fund was established in 2012, and the Somalia Fund for Capacity Development in Macroeconomic Policies and Statistics started operations in February 2015.