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Global Trade Starts At Home

July 02, 2015

Border post in Chirundu Zimbabwe on border with Zambia where truckers often spend days waiting to clear their goods through customs (Gideon Mendel/Corbis)

Increasing trade can spur growth says Mari Pangestu of Jakarta’s center for Strategic and International Studies. In this podcast Pangestu talks about how efficient, open and fair regional trade agreements make for a healthier global trade environment.


Mari Pangestu, Director of Center for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta.

Keeping the Glass Full in Burkina Faso

June 25, 2015

Water in town of Dano, Burkina Faso is precious and distribution is strictly regulated (Simone Bergamaschi/NurPhoto/Corbis)

The IMF recently published a study on the world’s water resource management challenges. Co-author Laure Redifer says Burkina Faso is an example of how efficient water resource management can improve a country’s economic prospects.


Laure Redifer, IMF Mission Chief for Burkina Faso

Inequality’s Toll on Growth

June 18, 2015

Steel workers in New York City. Income inequality is at its highest level in decades with half of the world’s wealth in the hands of 1% of the population (Andrew Stern/Demotix/Corbis)

Study by IMF Staff suggests raising income levels of the poor and middle boosts overall economic growth. Co-authors Kalpana Kochhar and Era Dabla-Norris say the wealth of the rich is not trickling down.


Kalpana Kochhar: Deputy Director, Asia and Pacific Department at the IMF
Era Dabla-Norris: Deputy Chief in Strategy Policy and Review Dept at the IMF

Financing the New Development Goals

June 11, 2015

Children scavenging for recyclables to sell in Philippines. Goal 11 of the UN’s Sustainable Development goals is to make human settlements more inclusive and sustainable (Jacob Maentz/Corbis)

As the United Nations prepares to adopt its 17 new Sustainable Development goals in September, Florencio Abad talks about how the Philippines and other countries might find the resources required to hit the targets.


Florencio Barsana Abad, Budget and Management Secretary for the Philippine Government

Solvency or Bust?

June 04, 2015

Auckland skyline, New Zealand. Save during good times to ease the bad, says the country's former PM (photo: Stuart Black/Corbis)

Public debt is a normal part of a government’s finances, but too much debt can have serious consequences for a country. During a seminar at the IMF-World Bank Meetings, one former head of state, who left office with public finances in good standing, explains how her administration succeeded where others have so often failed.


Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP


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