The IMF’s Role in Low-Income Countries : Issues and Challenges

Author/Editor:

Domenico Lombardi

Publication Date:

September 1, 2005

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Drawing on recent research, this study elaborates on the role of the IMF in support of its lowincome members, pointing to the global character of the institution and to its superior ability-given its multilateral nature-to serve as a financial institution, an information provider, and a commitment device. The IMF assists low-income members through a range of activities that are normally bundled together, including lending, offering policy advice, and providing assistance with capacity building. The study reviews the features of IMF policies towards its low-income membership and points to the main challenges to their success.

Series:

Working Paper No. 05/177

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451861969/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2005177

Format:

Paper

Pages:

41

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