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Global Financial Stability: Policy Support Builds Bridge to Recovery

October 12, 2020

Fabio Natalucci: Near-term financial stability risks have been contained for now thanks to unprecedented support policies. (IMF photo)

While economies across the globe continue to feel the pressures from the pandemic, the latest Global Financial Stability Report shows the extraordinary fiscal and monetary policy measures taken by governments, Central Banks and International Financial Institutions have helped pull the global economy back from the brink. Fabio Natalucci leads the team of IMF economists who produce the report. In this podcast, he says policymakers should continue to carefully sequence their response based on the progression of the disease to maintain the stability of the global economy.

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Fabio Natalucci is Deputy Director in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department.

Kristalina Georgieva: The Long Ascent from the Depths of the Crisis

October 6, 2020

Kristalina Georgieva says the global economy has picked up, but the calamity is far from over. (IMF photo)

As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on people and economies across the globe, the IMF and World Bank prepare for their second round of virtual meetings since the start of the crisis. In her customary curtain raiser speech, IMF Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva says while next week's outlook will show a small upward revision to the 2020 global forecast, countries are facing what she calls "The long ascent"—a difficult climb that will be uneven, uncertain and prone to setbacks.


Kristalina Georgieva is IMF Managing Director

Kristalina Georgieva Talks Inequality with Oxfam

September 25, 2020

IMF Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, talks with Oxfam International's Equals podcast. (IMF photo)

The pandemic is adding pressure on society's most vulnerable and could lead to a significant rise in income inequality. In this podcast, IMF Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, talks with Max Lawson and Nadia Daar on the Equals podcast. The podcast was created by Oxfam International and focuses on inequality. Georgieva shares her views on the direction of inequality, the IMF's role in stabilizing economies amid the pandemic, and offers a glimpse into her own life experiences growing up in the Eastern Bloc.



Kristalina Georgieva is IMF Managing Director.
Nadia Daar and Max Lawson host the Equals podcast.

Small Elephants Play Big Role in Fighting Climate Change

September 21, 2020

African forest elephants provide carbon-capture services worth billions by promoting the growth of larger trees. (iStock by Getty Images/guenterguni)

While the African elephant is the largest and the most famous land animal in the world, very few people know anything about the African forest elephant. Forest elephants are smaller and live in densely wooded rainforests. Their numbers are declining thanks to deforestation and poachers and likely face extinction if nothing is done to protect them. Other than local conservationists and the biologists who study them, forest elephants have few advocates. But what if people knew that African forest elephants provide carbon-capture services valued at over $150 billion? And what if those countries that host them could tap into that equity and benefit from their conservation efforts? In this podcast, economist Ralph Chami and ecologist Fabio Berzaghi say placing a monetary value on the services provided by forest elephants could help prevent their demise. Their article, The Secret Work of Elephants, is published in the online edition of Finance and Development Magazine.


Ralph Chami is Assistant Director at the IMF Institute for Capacity Development, and Fabio Berzaghi is an Ecologist at the Laboratory for Sciences of Climate and Environment.

Rethinking Work During and After Lockdown

August 28, 2020

Harvard Professor Jeffrey Polzer says for many, mandatory remote work has obliterated the line between work and home life. (iStock by Getty images/ jubaphoto)

While our work environments changed literally overnight, the impact of lockdowns on the nature of work is likely to last well beyond the pandemic. In a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, scholars from Harvard and Stern Business Schools look at the ongoing challenges for organizations and workers struggling to adapt and perform amid the global pandemic. Jeffrey Polzer is a Professor in the Organizational Behavior Department at Harvard Business School and a coauthor of the study. In this podcast, Polzer says the pandemic has dramatically affected the way people are collaborating and doing their work.


Jeffrey T. Polzer is a Professor in the Organizational Behavior Department at Harvard Business School.

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