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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.

Sanjeev Gupta: Military Spending in the Post-Pandemic Era

May 27, 2021

Worldwide defense spending is nearly half of what it was during the Cold War period, but it still weighs heavy on budgets in many countries. (iStock by Getty Images/shauni)

Covid-19 has left government budgets across the globe scrambling for revenues and having to reassess their tax and spending policies. For some countries– especially those in conflict areas, spending on defense eats up precious resources that could otherwise go toward other forms of public spending like education, health and infrastructure. In this podcast, economist Sanjeev Gupta says keeping global tensions in check would have long-term economic benefits.   Transcript

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Sanjeev Gupta is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Washington, DC.

Nikita Aggarwal: The New Morality of Debt

May 21, 2021

The commodification of certain types of personal data for lending decisions raises moral concerns. (iStock by Getty Images/ praetorianphoto)

Society has long debated the morality of debt. In ancient times, debt was viewed in many cultures as sinful, with lending at interest especially repugnant. These concerns continue to influence perceptions of lending and the regulation of credit markets today. Nikita Aggarwal is a research associate at the Digital Ethics Lab at Oxford University's Internet Institute. In this podcast, Aggarwal says our increasingly online lives prove a valuable source of data for lenders and add new dimensions to debt’s morality. Her article, The New Morality of Debt, is published in the March 2021 issue of Finance and Development Magazine


Nikita Aggarwal is a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute’s Digital Ethics Lab, University of Oxford.

Chrystia Freeland and Kristalina Georgieva: Budgeting for Gender Equity

May 7, 2021

Women suffered large job losses during the pandemic and are coming back to work at a much slower pace than any other group. (iStock by Getty Images/SolStock)

New IMF research shows that women with young children, mothers, particularly less educated ones, have been the most adversely affected group during the pandemic. Chrystia Freeland is Canada's Deputy Prime Minister and its first-ever female Finance Minister. In this podcast, Freeland and IMF Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, discuss policies to help prevent the covid-19 pandemic from rolling back gains in women's economic opportunities, and how Canada has aligned its gender strategy with the budget process.

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Kristalina Georgieva is IMF Managing Director, and Chrystia Freeland is Canada's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister.

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