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Plant nursery in Bogande, Burkina Faso: state support of agriculture raised food security, boosted incomes (photo: Gelebart/20 Minutes/SIPA/Newscom)
October 21, 2014
Combating rising income inequality in sub-Saharan Africa will require a pragmatic, multipronged approach to uncover new sources of revenue while also enabling critical investments in human capital, participants agree at a seminar in Washington, D.C.
In the News
October 05, 2014
The IMF is set to continue pushing ahead with efforts to modernize the way it assesses risks and monitors economies and to stay in touch with the needs of member countries in a highly interconnected world, according to a recent review.
October 03, 2014
In response to high demand from its membership across the globe, the International Monetary Fund has increased its spending on capacity development for the fourth straight year, according to the IMF Annual Report 2014 released today.
IMF Survey Interview
February 24, 2014
The IMF should be like a family doctor who has an ongoing, close relationship with the patient, and not an emergency physician who appears only at times of crisis, suggests the new Director of the IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department.
May 28, 2014
With financial markets around the world so interconnected, the analysis of “networks” in the financial system would help deepen understanding of systemic risk and is key to preventing future financial crises, say leading researchers and policymakers at a Research conference.
April 12, 2014
Growth and inequality are mutually incompatible, participants agreed at a high level seminar held during the IMF-World Bank meetings, but they differed sharply about the priorities to address the rise in inequality over recent decades.
What the Numbers Show
Did You Know?
The world’s population is projected to rise from 7 billion this year to over 9 billion in 2050. But low fertility combined with the fact that people are living longer means that 1.25 billion elderly (ages 60+) and 1 billion working-age adults will be added to the global population by 2050, while the number of people younger than 25 will hold steady at 3 billion.
Countries & Regions
September 26, 2014
As the death toll from Ebola rises and the economic impact of the crisis spreads, the IMF steps in to provide a total of $130 million of emergency financial assistance to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the three West African countries at the center of the epidemic.
September 24, 2014
On September 2, the IMF approved a $553 million loan for Yemen to support the country’s plans to strengthen fiscal and external positions, boost growth, and fight poverty by reducing inefficient fuel subsidies, improving governance, and increasing monthly allowances paid by the Social Welfare Fund.
September 18, 2014
Italy is struggling to emerge from recession, as tight credit conditions shackle investment, high public debt weighs on future growth prospects and long-standing rigidities hamper productivity, IMF staff said in a regular review of the country’s economy.
October 08, 2014
Policymakers are facing a new global imbalance: not enough economic risk-taking in support of growth, but growing excesses in financial risk-taking, the IMF said in its latest Global Financial Stability Report.
October 01, 2014
Banks with more independent boards of directors that pay executives according to long-term performance tend to incur fewer risks, according to new research from the International Monetary Fund’s latest Global Financial Stability Report.
October 01, 2014
Shadow banking is both a boon and a bane for countries, and to reap its benefits, policymakers should minimize the risks it poses to the overall financial system, according to the International Monetary Fund’s latest Global Financial Stability Report.