Macro Research for Development: An IMF-DFID Collaboration

May 9, 2018

While many low-income countries (LICs) have experienced strong economic growth over the last 15 years, they still face a number of macroeconomic challenges and vulnerabilities. Modernizing monetary frameworks, strengthening fiscal positions, managing natural resource wealth, expanding links to the global financial system, and encouraging diversification and structural transformation are important components that promote sustainable and inclusive growth in LICs.

The IMF has partnered with the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) to study these critical LIC macroeconomic policy issues. The project will focus on the following topics:

  1. Modeling policy choices (monetary & fiscal policies; structural policies)
  2. Understanding macro-financial linkages (credit cycles; macro-prudential policies; balancing financial deepening and financial stability)
  3. Building resilience (natural disasters; climate change; migration; conflict)
  4. Promoting structural change and institutional development (diversification, particularly away from commodities; structural and institutional reforms; governance)
  5. Enhancing inclusion (inequality; gender)

To secure maximum policy impact, the team will collaborate closely with policymakers within and outside the IMF and outside academics, particularly those in developing country policy institutions.

This website showcases the team's efforts; summarizes research papers, frameworks, and tools; and reports on a series of conferences and workshops. Equally important, the website illustrates applications of the research, whether in an IMF country team's Article IV consultation or directly by country authorities.

Terms of the Project

With the support of DFID, the IMF's Development Macroeconomic (DM) division of the Research Department and the Development Issues Unit (DU) of the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department have scaled up their operations. The project started in March 2012 and will run until March 2020, using the new resources to hire researchers, organize conferences, and work with country authorities on applying the frameworks and tools. The project is governed by the following four goals:

  1. Generate high-quality applied research on macroeconomic issues in low-income countries;
  2. Ensure research uptake by collaborating closely with policymakers within and outside the IMF in research design, execution, and applications;
  3. Use the IMF's pulling power to expand the network of researchers working on macroeconomic issues in LICs; and
  4. Achieve this as cost effectively as possible.