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Corruption Matters; Good Governance Pays

October 08, 2015

NRGI President Daniel Kaufmann says public tolerance for corruption and impunity is lower now (photo Finance&Development Sept 2015)

In development circles, governance is often a code word for corruption. But Daniel Kaufmann, president of the Natural Resource Governance Institute, says governance is much broader. In this podcast, Kaufmann talks about how good governance can actually triple a country's per capita income.

Daniel Kaufmann, President of the Natural Resource Governance Institute

Global Growth Slows Further, IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook

October 06, 2015

IMF chief economist, Maurice Obstfeld, presenting October 2015 World Economic Outlook at press conference in Lima, Peru(IMF photo)

The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) shows global growth at 3.1 percent this year, down from 3.4 percent in 2014. The report says while outlooks vary from country to country, the new WEO forecasts predict slower near-term growth nearly across the board, with increasing downside risks to the world economy as commodity prices continue to fall.

Maurice Obstfeld, Economic Counsellor and Director, Research Department, IMF

Yanquis in Havana

September 23, 2015

Tourist with traditional flower ladies in Old Havana, Cuba (F&D Magazine September 2015)

Cuba has been out of bounds for American tourists for more than 50 years. But with the US recently restoring diplomatic relations, some say it’s just a matter of time before the floodgate opens to a whole generation of baby boomers wanting to experience some of Hemmingway’s favorite watering holes. In this podcast the IMF’s Nicole Laframboise talks about how the thaw in relations between the US and Cuba could shake up the Caribbean tourism industry.

Nicole Laframboise, a Deputy Division Chief in the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department, and author of “Yankees in Havana” published in the September 2015 edition of Finance and Development Magazine.

Sub-Saharan Africa Getting a Grip on Inflation

September 10, 2015

Shoppers at high-end clothing market in Soweto, South Africa (Per-Anders Pettersson/Corbis)

Inflation can determine a currency’s purchasing power as high inflation means rising prices. But what drives inflation differs from region to region. In this podcast we talk with Oral Williams, IMF Mission Chief for Malawi and coauthor of a new research paper that shows the drivers of inflation are changing in sub-Saharan Africa.

Oral H. Williams, Area Deputy Division Chief in the Africa Department and IMF Mission Chief for Malawi

The Future of Asian Finance

September 02, 2015

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde presents The Future of Asian Finance book during a conference in Jakarta, Indonesia (IMF Staff/Stephen Jaffe)

Asia fared well throughout the global financial crisis and has since become one of the strongest economic regions in the world. But with the global economy such as it is, a new book published by the IMF says Asia’s financial systems are facing new challenges. In this podcast coauthor Jim Walsh talks about The Future of Asian Finance.

Jim Walsh, IMF Deputy Division Chief in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department and a co-author of “The Future of Asian Finance”

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