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IMF—International Monetary Fund

The IMF, an international organisation with 184 member countries, was established in 1944 to promote international monetary cooperation, exchange rate stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; and to provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment. Based in Washington D.C. the managing director (traditionally a European national) is Dominique Strauss Kahn; the Fund currently has 2,693 staff from 141 countries; and 75 countries owe the Fund around $34 billion. Its operations include surveillance (of member countries economies and the global economy), technical assistance and financial support. The latter is provided in the form of loans to which conditions are attached. read more background...

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Why the IMF must cancel Pakistan's debt

Comment|Dr Fayaz Ahmed|19 September 2013|url

This year, Nawaz Sharif will take over as Pakistan's new prime minister with expectations of a 'new' vision for the country. Alongside development and economic issues, Sharif's new government will also be tasked with tackling the debt repayments that the country is scheduled to make in the next two years and beyond in a $6.64 billion IMF loan agreement that was approved in September. read article...

BRICS without mortar

News|Sargon Nissan|5 September 2013|url

On the sidelines of this week's G20 summit, BRICS nations are expected to reveal details of how their proposed $100 billion alternative to the IMF will operate. read article...

Finally resolving debt resolution?

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

A March IMF policy paper examined long-standing approaches to debt crisis management including for the first time assessing the civil society proposals for a fair and transparent arbitration process. read article...

Turkey pays off IMF debt

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

Turkey discharged its debt to the IMF in May, by paying a final installment of $421 million after decades of loans and stand-by arrangements. read article...

Financial sector risks remain

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

A May IMF staff discussion note evaluated international efforts to address gaps in regulation of "a relatively small number of large, complex financial institutions" which remain "very difficult to regulate, supervise and resolve". read article...

IMF's labour pains

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

Two April IMF reports purport to present a new view on labour market policy, however, they have attracted heavy criticism from trade unions as inaccurate and flawed. read article...

IFIs on capital: flowing in same direction

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

The IMF's long-awaited guidance note on capital flows fails to remedy the faults of the 'institutional view' on capital account. The World Bank's long-term thinking is also emphasises liberalisation. read article...

IMF push for MENA subsidy reforms Who benefits?

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

The IMF signed a deal with Tunisia in June, after its renewed attempt to lend to Egypt failed in April, while civil society remained concerned about the legitimacy and transparency of the negotiations. read article...

IMF champions growth But calls for more cuts

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

As global economic risks and stagnation in major economies are expected to persist, the IMF's rhetoric is increasingly anti-austerity, reflecting changing priorities in member states. However, states where IMF policy influence is greatest, spending cuts continue. read article...

IMF's Greek mea culpa Does the Fund have a future in Europe?

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

In June the IMF released an ex post assessment of its 2010 lending programme to Greece which described a series of errors and found that the Fund consciously chose to break its own rules on the sustainability of the programme. read article...

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