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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

Poor Economics with Abhijit Banerjee

August 12, 2016

Living in poverty, Tsunza Village, Kenya. Fuel and water subsidies benefit rich more than poor says Abhijit Banerjee. (photo: Ignacio Hennigs).

Abhijit Banerjee, has worked in dozens of countries trying to better understand the economics of poverty. He argues anti-poverty policies often fail because of inadequate understanding of the decisions poor people make. Banerjee Participated in a seminar on Sustainable Economic Development during the IMF World-Bank Spring meetings. In this podcast, we discuss why so little is known about a billion poor people in the world.


Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and author of Poor Economics, A radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty

Winnie Byanyima on Women in Global Economy

July 28, 2016

Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International (IMF photo)

It’s vital to address the economic challenges of women and girls in order to fix the economic challenges of nations. This was the main theme of a seminar called Getting Down to Business: Women, Work, and the Global Economy, held during the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings. In this podcast, Oxfam International’s Winnie Byanyima talks about the increasing statistical evidence that shows women's contributions to the global economy are invaluable.


Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International

Currency and Power with Benjamin Cohen

July 26, 2016

Traders on the floor of New York Stock Exchange. Depth of US financial market makes US dollar attractive to investors around the world (BRENDAN MCDERMID/REUTERS/Newscom).

Monetary rivalry is a fact of life in the world economy, says Benjamin Cohen, professor of International Political Economy at the University of California and author of Currency Power: Understanding Monetary Rivalry. In this podcast, Cohen explains why currencies become internationalized, and examines the relationship between world currencies and State power.


Benjamin Cohen, Professor of International Political Economy at the University of California

South Africa: Urgent Need for Policy Reforms

July 07, 2016

Builders and painters wait for work on a roadside in Cape Town. Unemployment in South Africa is among the highest in the world (photo: Nic Bothma/EPA/ Newscom).

South Africa faces significant challenges and needs decisive action to revive growth, the IMF said in its latest economic review. While the report acknowledges considerable economic and social progress, it shows income inequality and unemployment are unacceptably high. In this podcast, we speak with Laura Papi, IMF Mission Chief for South Africa.


Laura Papi, IMF Mission Chief for South Africa


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