Issues Briefs List 2004

These briefs are prepared by IMF staff for public information and as a contribution to debate on issues of topical interest.

External Grants and IMF Policies -- An IMF Issues Brief  External grants are important for low-income countries, particularly in their efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Some critics contend that IMF-supported programs discourage higher grant flows intended to support poverty-reducing spending. In fact, the IMF strongly supports higher external grants, and works with its member countries to ensure that they are used to best advantage.September 21, 2004