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Systemic Hazards and the Spheres of Well-Being

July 1, 2020

There are three spheres that are fundamental to human well-being and we're seeing systemic fragility in all of them. (iStock by Getty Images/SabrinaPintus)

The 2008 global financial crisis and the current pandemic have put enormous pressure on societies and exposed cracks in the systems we all depend on to survive. These types of global crises are forcing a reckoning about the world’s ability to manage systemic hazards. In this podcast, Ann Florini and Sunil Sharma say with increasing fragility in political, social, economic, and environmental systems, the 21st century is set to experience massive disruptions that pose serious, possibly existential threats to society. Their article Systemic Hazards is published in the June 2020 issue of Finance and Development Magazine.


Ann Florini is a clinical professor at the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.
Sunil Sharma is a distinguished visiting scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Vietnam: A Remarkable Response with Limited Means

June 28, 2020

Vietnam–with only 300-plus confirmed cases of COVID-19 and no deaths, is already seeing signs of an incipient domestic economic recovery. (iStock by Getty Images/Intek1)re

The storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and stability,” said Ho Chi Minh, the Father of the Vietnamese Nation. And it turns out Vietnam has shown its strength in weathering the COVID-19 storm. Era Dabla-Norris and Anne-Marie Gulde-Wolf are both economists in the IMF's Asia Pacific Department, and in this podcast, they say Vietnam's approach should allow for a quicker rebound.  


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Era Dabla-Norris is a Division Chief and Anne-Marie Gulde-Wolf a Deputy Director in the IMF's Asia Pacific Department.

Digitalizing Sub-Saharan Africa

June 25, 2020

With more than 100 new users every second, the pace at which people in sub-Saharan Africa are joining the internet is one of the fastest in the world. (iStock by Getty Images/Adene Sanchez)

While connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa lags behind other regions, digitalization is advancing fast and being embraced by those who do have access. Some countries are now global leaders in mobile money transactions—with a share of GDP average close to 25 percent, compared to just 5 percent in the rest of the world. In a region where infrastructure is often lacking, digital technologies offer ways to break down or leap over barriers. IMF economists Preya Sharma and Martha Tesfaye Woldemichael are co-authors of the latest analytical chapter for the Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa, which studies the impact of digitalization. In this podcast, Sharma and Woldemichael say expanding internet access in sub-Saharan Africa by an extra 10 percent of the population could increase real per capita GDP growth by 1 to 4 percentage points.


Preya Sharma and Martha Tesfaye Woldemichael are both economists in the IMF's African Department.

Migration Part and Parcel of Healthy Global Economy

June 18, 2020

The pandemic has put the brakes on migration, but economies depend on migrants in many ways. (iStock by Getty images/PeopleImages)

Migration has been the focus of heated political debate in recent years, surfacing misconceptions of its real economic impact. But a new study in The World Economic Outlook shows migration improves economic growth and productivity in host countries. In this podcast, IMF economist and co-author of the study, Margaux MacDonald, says supporting migrants now and ensuring migration trends continue beyond the pandemic will help the global economy recover.

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Margaux MacDonald is an economist in the IMF's Research Department.

Safeguarding Food Security in sub-Saharan Africa

June 3, 2020

One-third of the world’s droughts occur in sub-Saharan Africa. (iStock by Getty Images/crazydiva)

Sub-Saharan Africa is on the front lines of climate change with extreme weather wreaking havoc on infrastructure and agricultural production. COVID-19 introduces yet another level of risk to the food chain. In this podcast, IMF economists Pritha Mitra and Seung Mo Choi say the increase in frequency and intensity of natural disasters is weighing down on the region, which relies heavily on rainfed agriculture. The latest Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa looks at how the region can better manage the types of shocks that threaten its food supply.


Pritha Mitra and Seung Mo Choi are both economists in the African Department at the IMF.

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