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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"

Arrears in Sub-Saharan Africa: Paying Bills on Time Matters

November 1, 2019

Arrears can negatively impact schools and hospitals and undermine the effectiveness of social policy. (iStock by Getty images/epicurean)

The dramatic drop in commodity prices in 2014 has had lingering effects in sub-Saharan Africa. One such effect is a growing backlog of payments by governments to service providers, known as arrears. But despite the prevalence of arrears in the region, their causes and consequences are not well understood. The latest Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa looks at the economic and social impact of increasing arrears in recent years. In this podcast, IMF economists Samuel Delepierre and David Stenzel say domestic arrears can undermine private sector activity and citizens’ trust in the government.

Samuel Delepierre and David Stenzel are both economists in the IMF’s African Department

Sub-Saharan Africa: More Competition Less Inequality

October 17, 2019

Competition makes the economy work for people. (iStock by Getty images/ Stefan_Ganev)

Competition is considered to be an essential driving force of market economies. It’s said to ensure a more efficient allocation of resources and can boost innovation and productivity. But what happens when there isn’t enough competition? The latest Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa looks at how the lack of competition in the region is hurting the poor and undermining economic growth. In this podcast, IMF economists Reda Cherif and Jesus Gonzalez-Garcia say more competition could lower prices and increase welfare.

Reda Cherif and Jesus Gonzalez-Garcia are both economists in the Regional Studies Division of the IMF’s African Department

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