Our Partners

The IMF’s knowledge sharing efforts are demand-driven, meaning initiated by our member countries. Amid global economic challenges and the international community’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, this demand has increased substantially in recent years. The IMF provides support to almost the entire membership of 190 countries.

The IMF contributes a significant amount of its own resources to ensure that demand is met. Bilateral and multilateral partners also play a vital role in meeting this demand, and presently finance about one half of the IMF’s knowledge sharing efforts. Partners contribute to the IMF’s knowledge sharing work in a variety of ways —  via our global network of regional capacity development centers and thematic funds focused on specialized areas, or through bilateral programs.

 

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Our partners include:

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Japan

Japan

In 1990, Japan became the first partner to support the IMF’s capacity development efforts and is currently its single largest contributor, providing $765 million in funding to date. More than 100 IMF member countries across the globe have benefited from Japan’s support.

In fiscal year 2021 (FY2021), the Government of Japan provided a new contribution of $44 million, of which $38 million financed a large portfolio of 26 bilateral programs, including through a contribution to the COVID-19 Crisis Capacity Development Initiative. In the past five years, Japan has consistently been responsible for about one-fifth of all external financing to IMF CD.

Japan-funded IMF programs address countries’ CD needs and are consistent with Japan’s international cooperation priorities and the IMF’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Programs typically address fiscal issues, monetary and capital market reforms, macroeconomic statistics, and macroeconomic management.

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Country Success Stories

2021 Annual Report: English | Japanese

2020 Annual Report: English | Japanese

2018 JSA Evaluation: English 

2014 JSA Evaluation: English | Japanese

European Union

The EU-IMF partnership promotes shared objectives to support economic growth in Africa and improve revenue mobilization and effectiveness of public spending in developing countries. 

With steadfast support to regional capacity development centers and global thematic funds, as well as bilateral programs, the partnership covers a broad range of issues related to good economic governance and institution building, as well as related human capacity development needs, thus helping countries achieve sustained progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The IMF also collaborates with the EU to support its Member and Accession states to build strong institutions and policies. Since 2006, the EU has contributed about US$330 million to IMF capacity development.

See also Strategic Partners in Promoting Sustainable Capacity Development

Switzerland

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Since 1997, Switzerland, through its State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), has partnered with the IMF on capacity development, and has a large bilateral program of projects supporting capacity development in Swiss priority countries. As an early supporter of IMF multi-partner initiatives, it has contributed to regional capacity development centers in Africa and global thematic funds focused on key topics. The country’s support promotes economic stability and sustainable growth, helping countries reduce poverty. Switzerland has contributed approximately US$170 million towards IMF capacity development to date.

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2021 Annual Report: English

2020 Annual Report: English

2014-2019 External Evaluation (2020): English

 

Funds for Capacity Development

Thematic funds support the IMF’s knowledge sharing on topics that are closely linked to the Financing for Development agenda and are delivered across all geographic regions. They include:

Funds for Capacity Development

Partners

Revenue Mobilization (RM)

Australia, Belgium, Denmark, European Union, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT)

Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland

Managing Natural Resource Wealth (MNRW) Fund

Australia, European Union, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Debt Management Facility III (DMF III)
(joint with World Bank)

Austria, European Union, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, and African Development Bank

Financial Sector Reform Strengthening Initiative (FIRST)
(joint with World Bank)

Germany, Switzerland

Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT)

France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Data for Decisions (D4D)

China, European Union, Germany, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland

Financial Sector Stability Fund (FSSF)

China, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Germany, European Investment Bank

COVID-19 Crisis Capacity Development Initiative

Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Spain, Singapore, Switzerland

Updated February 2021

Building sound economic institutions and developing the skills to sustain them is a key priority for fragile states. A country fund works with Somalia as it strengthens its operating and technical capacity to make economic and financial institutions become more effective, transparent, and accountable. The Somalia Country Fund started its second five-year phase in 2021. Since its inception, it has benefitted from the support of Canada, the European Union, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development.