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Food stall in Monrovia, Liberia, where effects of Ebola outbreak on vulnerable groups include rising poverty and food insecurity (photo: Reuters/Corbis)
February 27, 2015
The IMF Executive Board approves $36.5 million in debt relief to Liberia in the form of a grant from a new trust set up to help low-income countries recover from natural disasters. The IMF says the move aims to help Liberia counter effects of the Ebola crisis.
In the News
February 05, 2015
The IMF will provide grants totaling $100 million to be used as debt relief to the three countries worst hit by the Ebola epidemic. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will use the funds to cover the cost of servicing their debt.
January 26, 2015
From the start of 2015, the IMF has made its online economic data available to everyone free of charge. Users have access to a wealth of macroeconomic data covering all economic sectors of a large part of the IMF’s member countries.
January 20, 2015
Even with the sharp oil price decline—a net positive for global growth—the world economic outlook is still subdued, weighed down by underlying weakness elsewhere, says the IMF’s latest WEO Update.
IMF Survey Interview
December 22, 2014
While banks in the GCC countries are generally well capitalized, it is difficult for them to have a truly diversified credit portfolio given the structure of their economies, which exposes them to risks that require a greater amount of scrutiny, a new IMF study finds.
December 09, 2014
The decline in economic growth in the euro area due to the financial crisis accounts for half the increase in youth unemployment in the region, according to IMF staff research released today.
November 17, 2014
Improving the efficiency of public infrastructure investment across many oil exporters in the Middle East and North Africa and the Caucasus and Central Asia is now more important than ever, a new IMF study says.
What the Numbers Show
Did You Know?
The world’s population is projected to rise from 7 billion this year to over 9 billion in 2050. But low fertility combined with the fact that people are living longer means that 1.25 billion elderly (ages 60+) and 1 billion working-age adults will be added to the global population by 2050, while the number of people younger than 25 will hold steady at 3 billion.
Countries & Regions
February 03, 2015
Canada’s economic performance has been solid, largely thanks to a stronger U.S. recovery. Growth momentum will ease slightly this year, reflecting substantially lower oil prices, and become more balanced with a cooling housing market, said the IMF in its regular assessment of the country’s economy.
February 02, 2015
The IMF Executive Board approves a financing package of about $700 million for Kenya that the country’s authorities plan to use as insurance against external shocks. Kenya plans not to draw on this precautionary financing unless the balance of payments comes under pressure.
January 29, 2015
Policymakers have made progress in reforming securitization markets, and they have to finish the task to mitigate the risks and ensure these markets contribute to economic growth and financial stability.
October 08, 2014
At a time when job creation sits atop the policy agenda globally, fiscal policies can help support job creation—although designing the right policies will depend on conditions in individual countries, says the IMF’s latest Fiscal Monitor.