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The Global Informal Workforce: Priorities for Inclusive Growth

July 29, 2021

The informal economy is usually defined as business activities by unregistered firms, but it also includes activities by registered firms that are concealed from authorities. (iStock by Getty Images/AfricaImages)

60 percent of the working-age population worldwide operates in the informal sector. A new book titled The Global Informal Workforce, Priorities for Inclusive Growth uses IMF research to study the causes and effects of the high levels of informality in economies across the globe. The book covers interactions between the informal economy, labor and product markets, gender equality, fiscal institutions and outcomes, social protection, and financial inclusion. In this podcast, co-editors Corinne Deléchat and Leandro Medina say the pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of the informal workforce. Transcript

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Corinne Deléchat is a Division Chief in the IMF African Department and leads the team for Senegal, and Leandro Medina is a Senior Economist in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department.

Oral Williams: How Technical Assistance Translates into Better Lives

July 15, 2021

Technical assistance raises tax revenues, which means more money for social programs. (iStock by Getty Images/greenaperature)

Capacity development is one of the IMF's best-kept secrets. Strong institutions are key to a country's long-term development, and a third of the IMF's operating budget goes toward helping governments build the institutional capacity they need to fulfill their development goals. Oral Williams heads the IMF Regional Capacity Development Center for Anglophone West Africa and is coauthor with economists Ralph Chami and Elorm Darkey of a study that shows a direct relationship between technical assistance and the improvement in tax revenues. In this podcast, Williams says providing technical assistance and training to governments means better living standards for more people. Transcript

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Oral Williams is Director of the IMF Technical Assistance Center in Accra, Ghana.

Island States Paying Price for Climate Change

July 2, 2021

Island states are increasingly exposed to climate disasters that weigh heavily on public finances.  (iStock by Getty Images/petesphotography)

No country has been spared the effects of changing weather patterns but developing countries–and island states, in particular, are facing the brunt of climate change while not having contributed to its root causes. Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, and Madagascar's Finance Minister, Richard Randriamandranto, joined IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva to discuss the effects of natural disasters on their economies and how policies can be designed to help countries adapt to the new climate reality. The podcast is a compilation of excerpts from their discussion.   Read the transcript
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Kristalina Georgieva is IMF Managing Director, Mia Mottley is Prime Minister of Barbados, and Richard Randriamandranto is the Minister of Economy and Finance of Madagascar.

Luc Eyraud on Wooing Investors to Africa's Development

June 24, 2021

South Africa's renewable energy sector has benefited from government guarantees to private investors. (iStock by Getty Images/Nattrass)

With public finances stretched to the limit and the pandemic making things worse by the day, new IMF research looks at innovative ways to get the private sector more involved in financing Africa's development needs. Economist Luc Eyraud led the research. In this podcast, he says while fixing the business environment is a good place to start, sometimes it is simply not enough.  Transcript

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Luc Eyraud is a Mission Chief and Advisor in the IMF African Department.

Ruchir Agarwal with a Proposal to End the Pandemic

June 16, 2021

IMF plan makes the business case for stepping up vaccination programs worldwide. (iStock by Getty Images/ Eloi_Omella)

There will be no durable end to the economic crisis until enough people around the world are vaccinated against Covid-19 and its variants to put the health crisis behind us. Economist Ruchir Agarwal and IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath have joined forces to come up with a plan that would make that happen. In this podcast, Agarwal says the return on investment for ending the pandemic could reach $9 trillion, one of the highest-return investments ever. Read the Transcript

Ruchir Agarwal is a Senior Economist in the IMF Asia and Pacific Department.

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