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Jakkie Cilliers on Fragile States

April 24, 2015

Women rush into a feeding centre while soldiers try to contain the crowd in Badbaado, a camp established for internally displaced people in the country's capital Mogadishu (photo: Stuart Price/UN/Handout/Corbis)

More Than 1 billion people live in countries affected by fragility. Fragile states are often confronted with political instability or conflict, inadequate public services, and lack of economic opportunities.


Jakkie Cilliers, Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, South Africa
Claver Gatete, Minister of Finance of Rwanda
Kaifala Marah, Minister of Finance and Economic Development in Sierra Leone

Uneven Global Economic Growth for 2015

April 14, 2015

Blanchard delivered the IMF’s economic forecast for 2015 in Washington DC, at the start of the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings (photo: IMF)

The International Monetary Fund expects the world’s economy to expand by 3.5 percent this year, but the economic picture differs across the world. The impact of the global financial crisis are still being felt.


Olivier Blanchard, IMF Chief Economist

Lagarde: Prevent “New Mediocre” From Becoming “New Reality”

April 09, 2015

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, speaking at the Atlantic Council April 9th 2015

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said policymakers around the world need to work together to strengthen global economic growth.


Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director

Delving into the World of Shadow Banks

March 26, 2015

A payday loan center in the UK. Lending institutions, which aren't banks, also need to be regulated, says Turner (photo: Nigel Kirby/Loop Images/Corbis)

A former chairman of the UK's Financial Services Industry, Adair Turner, says there’s room for non-bank lending institutions, but thoughtful regulations need be put in place.


Lord Adair Turner, Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking

Finance for All: Promoting Financial Inclusion in Central Africa

March 19, 2015

Small businesses in Central Africa often have difficulty getting loans (photo: Nigel Pavitt/JAI/Corbis)

The IMF and the Central bank of Central African states are co-hosting a conference on Inclusive Growth, in Congo Brazzaville on March 23rd.


Mario de Zamaroczy, Division Chief, IMF African Department


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