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Abebe Aemro Selassie on Africa's Infrastructure Gap and Debt

December 1, 2019

Abebe Aemro Selassie says debt and infrastructure investment need not be competing forces. (IMF photo)

Sub-Saharan Africa has made significant inroads in reducing poverty and increasing access to education and health services, but the infrastructure deficit still looms large throughout the region. For many countries, the ability to finance their development needs has become more constrained as public debt has increased rapidly in recent years. In this podcast, Abebe Aemro Selassie says when governments invest in the right types of infrastructure, people are more willing to pay the taxes the government needs to service its debt. Selassie is Director of the IMF's African Department, which has helped organize a special conference in Dakar, Senegal, this week to discuss how countries can continue to address the infrastructure gap while maintaining manageable debt levels.

Abebe Aemro Selassie is Director of the IMF's African Department.

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Mervyn King: Economic Policy in a World Turned Upside Down

November 23, 2019

Mervyn King says radical uncertainty calls for radical thinking. (IMF photo)

Following the great economic crises of the 20th century, there were periods of intellectual and political upheaval that ultimately changed economic policy. Mervyn King, former Governor of the Bank of England, argues the 2008 financial crisis should have prompted the same reaction but didn’t. King delivered this year's Per Jacobsson Lecture during the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings, and warned the failure to dramatically change our approach to economic policy risks another financial crisis.

Lord Mervyn King is Professor of Economics at New York University and the London School of Economics. He is also author of The End of Alchemy and has a forthcoming book entitled Radical Uncertainty.

Deborah Greenfield: Social Protections in the New World

November 15, 2019

Deborah Greenfield, ILO Deputy Director General for Policy, speaking at Helping Countries Strengthen Social Spending seminar. 2019 IMF-World-Bank Annual Meetings. (IMF photo)

Investing in social programs can soften the blow of inequalities and foster more stable societies. In this podcast, we speak with Deborah Greenfield, Deputy Director General for Policy at the International Labour Organization, which was formed one hundred years ago out of the Paris Peace Conference at the end of World War 1. And while the work environment has changed dramatically in the past one hundred years, gaining access to basic social programs remains a struggle for far too many workers around the world today. A recent ILO study says more than half the global population lacks healthcare and social security. Greenfield says social protection floors provide important support to workers as they transition into the changing job market.

Deborah Greenfield is Deputy Director General for Policy at the International Labour Organization.

Read the paper about IMF Engagement on Social Spending,

Somalia's Recovery and the Power of a Song

November 8, 2019

Abdirahman Duale Beileh, Somalia's Finance Minister talking about fragile states at 2019 IMF-World Bank Annual meetings (IMF photo)

Somalia is one of the world's most conflict-affected states. Many countries around the world suffer from weak governing institutions, but Somalia was without a functional central government for 20 years. In this podcast, Somalia's Finance Minister, Abdirahman Duale Beileh, says while elections in 2012 have since helped reestablish some of the institutions that bind the country's disparate communities, the road to recovery remains a steep climb. Duale Beileh is also a distinguished artist and songwriter, and we hear his latest song about students struggling to get an education amid violence and social destruction. Abdirahman Duale Beileh was in Washington for the 2019 IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings.

Abdirahman Duale Beileh is Somalia's Finance Minister and a songwriter.

You'll find the webcast of Dr. Beileh's presentation about Effective Engagement in Fragile States at

Kristalina Georgieva on Gender Parity: Inequalities Erode Society

November 2, 2019

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva talks with Ravi Agrawal about gender equality and unpaid work at 2019 IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings. (IMF photo)

In her first IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings as IMF Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva talks with Foreign Policy Magazine's Ravi Agrawal about breaking down barriers to women's career growth. Georgieva is the first person from an emerging market economy, and only the second woman to lead the IMF since its inception in 1944. In this podcast, Georgieva and Agrawal discuss the economic benefits of gender equality and the societal transformation that is required to correct the injustices of the past.

Read the IMFBlog on The Economic Cost of Devaluing "Women’s Work"

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