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Oral Williams: How Technical Assistance Translates into Better Lives

July 15, 2021

Technical assistance raises tax revenues, which means more money for social programs. (iStock by Getty Images/greenaperature)

Capacity development is one of the IMF's best-kept secrets. Strong institutions are key to a country's long-term development, and a third of the IMF's operating budget goes toward helping governments build the institutional capacity they need to fulfill their development goals. Oral Williams heads the IMF Regional Capacity Development Center for Anglophone West Africa and is coauthor with economists Ralph Chami and Elorm Darkey of a study that shows a direct relationship between technical assistance and the improvement in tax revenues. In this podcast, Williams says providing technical assistance and training to governments means better living standards for more people. Transcript

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Oral Williams is Director of the IMF Technical Assistance Center in Accra, Ghana.

Island States Paying Price for Climate Change

July 2, 2021

Island states are increasingly exposed to climate disasters that weigh heavily on public finances.  (iStock by Getty Images/petesphotography)

No country has been spared the effects of changing weather patterns but developing countries–and island states, in particular, are facing the brunt of climate change while not having contributed to its root causes. Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, and Madagascar's Finance Minister, Richard Randriamandranto, joined IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva to discuss the effects of natural disasters on their economies and how policies can be designed to help countries adapt to the new climate reality. The podcast is a compilation of excerpts from their discussion.   Read the transcript
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Kristalina Georgieva is IMF Managing Director, Mia Mottley is Prime Minister of Barbados, and Richard Randriamandranto is the Minister of Economy and Finance of Madagascar.

Luc Eyraud on Wooing Investors to Africa's Development

June 24, 2021

South Africa's renewable energy sector has benefited from government guarantees to private investors. (iStock by Getty Images/Nattrass)

With public finances stretched to the limit and the pandemic making things worse by the day, new IMF research looks at innovative ways to get the private sector more involved in financing Africa's development needs. Economist Luc Eyraud led the research. In this podcast, he says while fixing the business environment is a good place to start, sometimes it is simply not enough.  Transcript

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Luc Eyraud is a Mission Chief and Advisor in the IMF African Department.

Ruchir Agarwal with a Proposal to End the Pandemic

June 16, 2021

IMF plan makes the business case for stepping up vaccination programs worldwide. (iStock by Getty Images/ Eloi_Omella)

There will be no durable end to the economic crisis until enough people around the world are vaccinated against Covid-19 and its variants to put the health crisis behind us. Economist Ruchir Agarwal and IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath have joined forces to come up with a plan that would make that happen. In this podcast, Agarwal says the return on investment for ending the pandemic could reach $9 trillion, one of the highest-return investments ever. Read the Transcript

Ruchir Agarwal is a Senior Economist in the IMF Asia and Pacific Department.

Trevor Manuel Reflects on South Africa's Lost Decade

June 10, 2021

Trevor Manuel says while it may be the same party in power, it's a very different country.

When the apartheid regime ceded power following South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, the economy was in shambles. Debt service costs as a share of GDP were crippling. Trevor Manuel—a veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle and appointed minister of finance—revamped the budgeting process and set a stringent deficit reduction target. By 2006, the economy was growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades. In this podcast, Manuel looks back at what drove the country's longest phase of economic growth and how he believes the ruling party he helped establish has lost its way. Transcript  

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Trevor Manuel served as a Cabinet Minister under the first four Presidents of democratic South Africa and was the country's longest-serving finance minister.

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