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Propaganda

By Just a melon lover - Apr 23 2019
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Genuinely evil propaganda. Research what actually happened in Malawi and similar countries, and the role that the IMF and World Bank really play.

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Propaganda

By Just a melon lover - Apr 23 2019
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Genuinely evil propaganda. Research what actually happened in Malawi and similar countries, and the role that the IMF and World Bank really play.

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Rank #1: Growing Pains: Malawi’s Struggle with Hunger, Climate Change

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Extreme weather has hit Malawi’s economy hard over the last two years. Severe flooding followed by a drought—the worst in its history—caused widespread crop failure and placed 6.7 million people at risk of starvation. But a remarkable humanitarian effort helped reduce the impact of the drought on the most vulnerable segment of the population. An increase by the IMF to the amount of resources it provides to Malawi, as well as sizable contributions from Malawi’s development partners like the World Food Program and the World Bank, enabled the country to address the worst humanitarian crisis in its history.

In this feature podcast, we hear from the small-scale farmers beset by the effects of climate change, beneficiaries of food aid including school children, and key players within the various agencies who were faced with making tough decisions in the throes of a major food crisis.

Contributors:

Oral Williams: IMF Mission Chief for Malawi

Jack Ree: IMF Resident Representative in Malawi

Goodall Gondwe: Malawi’s Finance Minister

Ben Botolo: Malawi’s Secretary to the Treasury

Coco Ushiyama: World Food Program Representative for Malawi

Roisin DeBurca: Unicef’s Deputy Director for Malawi

Laura Kullenberg: Country Manager for the World Bank in Malawi

Richard Record: Senior Country Economist for the World Bank in Malawi

Aug 03 2017

42mins

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Rank #2: Managing Oil Wealth in Africa

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Despite their oil wealth, the countries of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community still struggle with the "Resource Curse". Sharmini Coorey, Director of the IMF's Institute of Capacity Development describe the challenges of managing oil wealth in the region, and outline policies that could help overcome them.

Jan 08 2013

9mins

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Rank #3: Overcoming the Natural Resource Curse

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Historically, countries that are rich in mineral and commodity resources, like oil, copper or coffee, for example, have had lower rates of growth compared to nations which don't enjoy those advantages. It's a phenomenon dubbed the nature resource curse." Jeffrey Frankel outlines ways he believes the natural resource curse can be mitigated or even avoided.

Jan 08 2013

8mins

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Rank #4: Refugee Crisis Global Challenge, Kyung-wha Kang

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More than 1 million migrants and refugees made their way to Europe last year, 350K from Syria alone. A recent IMF study says people fleeing conflict areas in the Middle-East and North Africa has brought about the biggest refugee crisis since World War 2. In this podcast, the UN’s Kyung-Wha Kang says the 1951 UN convention for refugees is no longer enough.

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Kyung-Wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator at the United Nations.

Sep 15 2016

6mins

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Rank #5: Ravi Kanbur: Political Dimensions of Data and Statistics

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Ravi Kanbur says statistics are fundamentally political in nature and in import. Kanbur is Professor of Economics at Cornell University and gave the keynote speech at the Fourth IMF Statistical forum on Statistics for Inclusive Growth, held in November 2016. In this podcast, Kanbur says data doesn’t always reflect reality when it comes to poverty and inequality.

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Ravi Kanbur: T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs and Professor of Economics at Cornell University.

Dec 09 2016

13mins

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Rank #6: Hal Varian: The Productivity Paradox

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The labor force 30 years from now will look very different as working-age populations in advanced economies start to shrink. While some today worry they’ll lose their jobs to robots, economists like Google’s Hal Varian, wonder if technology will boost productivity enough to compensate for the shifting demographics. Varian, and Harvard’s David Canning, discussed the topic during an IMF World-Bank Spring Meetings seminar earlier this month.

Hal Varian, Google’s Chief Economist and an Emeritus Professor at UC Berkeley.

David Canning, Professor of Population Sciences, Economics and Intl Health, Harvard University, Department of Global Health and Population.

Apr 28 2017

12mins

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Rank #7: Klaus Rudischhauser on Taxes and Development

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Taxes are what governments rely on to provide the public goods and services that support economic growth. In this podcast, DG DEVCO’s Klaus Rudischhauser, says some countries with millions of inhabitants have only a few hundred tax payers. Rudischhauser participated in a Spring Meeting’s seminar on Capacity Development entitled Collect More & Spend Better

Contributors:

Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)

Aug 26 2016

8mins

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Rank #8: A New Course for Malawi

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After a period of high growth between 2007 and 2010, Malawi's economic situation took a turn for the worst. Between 2010 and 2011, growth fell two percent from 6 and a half percent. But since April this year, when a new administration took office, the country has been enjoying renewed stability and revitalized relations with partners.

Jan 08 2013

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Rank #9: Third World Lessons for First World Growth

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Developed countries need to be industrious like ants, says economist, Peter Blair Henry. For years they have offered advice to developing countries on the best path to growth. They might benefit from heeding some of their own advice, he suggests.

Jul 19 2013

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Rank #10: Difficulties Present Opportunities for the African Entrepreneur

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Each country in sub-Saharan Africa has its own set of challenges and opportunities. And while the international community puts a lot of resources toward trying to figure out how best to keep the region’s economies growing, most Africans would say that Africa’s development lies in the hands of its own young entrepreneurs. Mame Khary Diène, is one such entrepreneur from Senegal, where she found her first business opportunity in the form of seeds from the enormous Baobab tree–Senegal's national symbol. Diène was invited to join a panel discussion about private investment in Africa during the 2018 IMF World-Bank Spring meetings, and in this podcast she says small businesses are key to creating jobs for Africa’s expanding workforce.

Mame Khary Diène is Founder and CEO of Bio essence.

The IMF's latest Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa devotes an entire chapter on private investment.

Aug 10 2018

15mins

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Rank #11: Slave Trade Leaves Economic Legacy

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Decades after the end of colonial rule in Africa, and more than one hundred years after the official end of the slave trade in the US, the continent remains among the least-developed regions of the globe. But how far is the trade in human beings responsible for Africa's lack of economic progress?

Jan 08 2013

6mins

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Rank #12: Ralph Chami: Avoiding the Remittance Trap

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Few would argue that workers’ remittances—the money migrants send to family in their home country—improve the lives of millions of people. Remittances amounted to over $400 billion last year. That’s somewhere between official development assistance and foreign direct investment in terms of size. These massive financial flows have important consequences for the economies that receive them. But in this podcast, IMF economist Ralph Chami says remittances can also have a negative impact on growth. Chami is coauthor, with Ekkehard Ernst, Connel Fullenkamp, and Anne Oeking, of Is There a Remittance Trap featured in the September 2018 edition of Finance and Development Magazine.

Ralph Chami, is an assistant director in the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development.

Aug 30 2018

15mins

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Rank #13: Maurice Obstfeld: What Lies Behind the Global Recovery

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The latest forecasts from the International Monetary Fund show global growth is on the rise. A very different picture from early last year, when the world economy faced faltering growth and financial market turbulence. In this podcast, IMF Chief Economist Maurice Obstfeld, delves into the current trends behind this recent upswing.

Contributors:

Maurice Obstfeld, IMF Director of Research, and Economic Counsellor.

Oct 10 2017

17mins

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Rank #14: Unpacking Jamaica’s Currency Depreciation

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Jamaica’s economic reform plan launched back in 2013, has shown promise. Employment is at historic highs and external borrowing costs are lower than they’ve ever been. But economic growth is still slow, and the recent depreciation of the Jamaican dollar has turned attention to a shift in the Bank of Jamaica’s foreign exchange policy. In this podcast, economist Uma Ramakrishnan, says the central bank’s renewed commitment to its flexible exchange rate regime will help stabilize prices and spark growth. Ramakrishnan heads the IMF team for Jamaica.

Uma Ramakrishnan is a Division Chief in the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department and heads the team for Jamaica.

Sep 13 2018

14mins

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Rank #15: Blockchain’s Peter Smith: The Promise of Virtual Currency Systems

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Blockchain technology is a shared, public ledger of transactions that’s open to inspection but not subject to any form of central control. And while it offers potential for a variety of applications, its most famous is providing the platform for virtual currencies like bitcoin. Peter Smith is co-founder and CEO of Blockchain, and in this podcast, he talks about the evolution of crypto currency financial systems and what it could mean for big data analytics. Smith was the keynote speaker at the IMF’s Fifth Statistical forum on Measuring the Digital Economy.

Peter Smith, co-founder and CEO of Blockchain.

Nov 22 2017

12mins

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Rank #16: The Future of Asian Finance

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Asia fared well throughout the global financial crisis and has since become one of the strongest economic regions in the world. But with the global economy such as it is, a new book published by the IMF says Asia’s financial systems are facing new challenges. In this podcast coauthor Jim Walsh talks about The Future of Asian Finance.

Sep 02 2015

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Rank #17: The Economics of Populism: Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser

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Populism has become a bit of a buzz word of late. It’s often at the very center of debates about politics and elections. But what about the economic implications of populism? That was the subject of a seminar at this year’s American Economic Association’s Annual Meeting. The panel was organized by the IMF’s Antonio Spilimbergo, and included economic heavyweights Dani Rodrik, Raghuram Rajan, and political scientist Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser. In this Podcast, Kaltwasser says populism is creeping into economic policy.  

Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser is an Associate Professor in Political Science at Diego Portales University in Chile, and co-author of Populism: A Very Short Introduction.

Jan 12 2018

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Rank #18: Sub-Saharan Africa: Managing the Remarkable Jump in Capital Flows

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In the wake of the global financial crisis and with low interest rates lingering in most advanced economies, investors have increasingly been looking at Africa for investment opportunities. The IMF’s latest Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa examines what this spectacular increase in capital flows means for the region. In this podcast, economist Mahvash Saeed Qureshi says the recent rise in investment capital offers a lot of opportunities but also carries risks. Qureshi led the research team that wrote the report. 

Mahvash Saeed Qureshi is a Deputy Division Chief in the IMF’s African department.

Photo: Global factors such as U.S. interest rates and commodity prices have a direct impact on capital flows to sub-Saharan Africa. (iStock by Getty Images/fotopoly)

Nov 27 2018

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Rank #19: Afrique subsaharienne: taux de croissance à son plus bas niveau depuis vingt ans

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Le dernier rapport du FMI sur les Perspectives économiques régionales prévoit que le taux de croissance économique de l’Afrique subsaharienne devrait descendre à son plus bas niveau depuis plus de deux décennies. Mais Céline Allard, chef de la division des études régionales au Département Afrique, dit que plusieurs pays continuent de croitre de manière très robuste

Contributeurs: Céline Allard, chef de la division des études régionales au Département Afrique du FMI

Oct 25 2016

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Rank #20: Jamie Drummond: Invest in Africa or Else

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As the Group of Twenty finance ministers and central bank governors meet in Germany this week, policymakers are looking at ways to increase investment in Africa. ONE Campaign’s Jamie Drummond says investing into the education, employment and empowerment of this generation of Africans will help create jobs and curb migration into Europe.

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Jamie Drummond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of The ONE Campaign

Mar 15 2017

13mins

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