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Refugee Crisis Global Challenge, Kyung-wha Kang

September 16, 2016

Kyung-Wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN. Kang says refugee crisis has global implications (Luiz Rampelotto/EuropaNewswire).

More than a million migrants and refugees made their way to Europe last year, 350K from Syria alone. A recent IMF study says people fleeing conflict areas in the Middle-East and North Africa has brought about the biggest refugee crisis since World War 2. In this podcast, the UN’s Kyung-Wha Kang says the 1951 UN convention for refugees is no longer enough.


Kyung-Wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator at the United Nations.

Creative Industries a Development Opportunity

September 09, 2016

Apple store in China. Digital music sales generated $15 billion in 2015 (Imaginechina/AP Images).

The United Nations estimates the global creative economy in 2011 generated more than $600 billion. In this podcast we speak with Patrick Kabanda, who says a country’s cultural wealth presents a huge development opportunity. Kabanda is author of Music Going for a Song published in the September 2016 edition of Finance & Development Magazine.


Patrick Kabanda, Consultant for the office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at the World Bank

Robots, Growth, and Inequality

August 31, 2016

Robot at 2016 World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images).

As robotic technology becomes more sophisticated, robots could soon become perfect substitutes for human labor. In this podcast, IMF economist Andy Berg says the robot revolution could lead to greater inequality. Berg is coauthor of Robots, Growth, and Inequality published in the September 2016 edition of Finance & Development Magazine.


Andy Berg, Deputy Director of the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development

Klaus Rudischhauser on Taxes and Development

August 26, 2016

Gold pieces in the Department of Mines, Eritrea. Multinational companies working in developing countries often reap big profits and pay little tax (THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS/Newscom).

Taxes are what governments rely on to provide the public goods and services that support economic growth. In this podcast, DG DEVCO’s Klaus Rudischhauser, says some countries with millions of inhabitants have only a few hundred tax payers. Rudischhauser participated in a Spring Meeting’s seminar on Capacity Development entitled Collect More & Spend Better


Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)

Madagascar Gets a Boost

August 19, 2016

Harvesting vanilla, Madagascar. Vanilla production is highly labor-intensive and Madagascar is second largest producer in the world (photo: LYDIE/SIPA/Newscom).

The IMF says Madagascar has built a good track record since it’s reengagement in 2014, showing the country is capable of sustaining recent reforms that have improved its economic outlook. In this podcast, Mission Chief, Marshall Mills talks about a new IMF program for Madagascar that includes US$ 310 million over three years.


Marshall Mills, IMF Mission Chief for Madagascar


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