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Finding the Low-Carbon Road

November 19, 2015

Solar panels power ice machines at the Sustainable Development Reserve, Amazonas, Brazil. Finding alternative energy sources is key to reducing carbon emissions (Finance & Development Magazine, December 2015)

World leaders will meet in Paris in December to forge a new climate deal that caps global warming at 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial revolution levels. But in this podcast, Nick Stern, Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics, says the world is not yet on the two degree path as carbon emissions continue to rise. Stern is author of “The Low-Carbon Road” in the December issue of Finance & Development magazine.

Nick Stern, Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Impact of Climate Change “Untenable”, Christiana Figueres

November 13, 2015

Ivanpah, world’s largest solar thermal power station, Mojave Desert, California, USA. Countries need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels in order to reduce carbon emissions.

Climate change has been at the forefront of discussions within the development community, as world leaders prepare to present their plans to reduce carbon emissions at the United Nations summit on climate change in December. In this podcast, the IMF’s Gita Bhatt talks to Christiana Figueres, head of the United Nations framework convention on climate change.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Sub-Saharan Africa, Growth Falls to Six Year Low

October 27, 2015

Pipeline running through Okrika community near Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Falling oil prices have reduced export revenue for sub-Saharan Africa’s oil producers, which account for half of region’s GDP (AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE/Reuters/Corbis).

Economic activity has weakened markedly in sub-Saharan Africa, and the strong growth momentum of recent years has dissipated in several countries. The IMF’s latest Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa puts growth at 3¾ percent this year, lower than in 2009 in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. In this podcast, co-author Céline Allard, says low commodity prices, and tighter financing are key factors.

Céline Allard, Head of the Regional Studies Division in the IMF’s African department

The Dark Side of Globalization

October 22, 2015

The eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 shut European airspace and sent disruption rippling worldwide—an example of our interconnectedness (photo: Paul Souders/Corbis)

From global financial crises to cybercrime, globalization has its downsides. The director of the Oxford Martin School discusses the pitfalls of the global community’s ever closer union, and offers some possible remedies to its darker side.

Professor Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School, Oxford University

Rich yet Poor: The Democratic Republic of the Congo

October 13, 2015

Boys pan for gold in resource-rich Ituri region, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. DRC considering new mining code to increase revenues from sector (FINBARR O'REILLY/Reuters/Corbis)

If there's one country that exemplifies the difficulty in transforming mineral wealth into inclusive growth- it's the Democratic Republic of Congo. The IMF's latest annual economic assessment indicates while growth rates for 2014 were as high as 9.2 percent, poverty rates in the DRC are still among the highest in the world. In this podcast, Norbert Toé, IMF mission chief for the DRC discusses the key findings in the report.

Norbert Toé, IMF mission chief for The Democratic Republic of the Congo

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