Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Will Require Extraordinary Effort by All

2021-06-03T11:36:51-04:00April 29, 2021|

by Dora Benedek, Edward Gemayel, Abdelhak Senhadji, and Alexander Tieman

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The pandemic’s impact on the world’s poor has been especially harsh. COVID-19 may have pushed about 100 million people into extreme poverty in 2020 alone, while the UN warns that in some regions poverty could rise to levels not seen in 30 years. The current crisis has derailed progress toward basic development goals, as low-income developing countries must now balance urgent spending to protect lives and livelihoods […]

On Board with More Women in Leadership

2020-03-06T14:00:15-05:00March 3, 2020|

By Kristalina Georgieva and Louise Levonian

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Where are all the women? It is a question we shouldn’t have to ask in 2020. But we do. Why? Because there are simply too few women in leadership positions all over the world. On the eve of International Women’s Day and as we approach the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote here in the United States, the time is right to get a handle on the problem. […]

The Declining Fortunes of the Young

2021-11-02T13:59:22-04:00February 27, 2020|

By Era Dabla-Norris , Carlo Pizzinelli, and Jay Rappaport

Will I do as well as my parents?

A positive answer to this question once seemed a foregone conclusion; now, for recent generations, less so. Despite being more educated than their parents, millennials—those born between 1980 and 2000—may have less job stability during their working life. Concerns that it might be more difficult to break into the middle class, or to have enough retirement savings, are also rising to the fore in policy debates in many advanced economies. […]

Fiscal Policies For Women’s Economic Empowerment

2020-02-19T15:04:00-05:00February 18, 2020|

By Stefania Fabrizio, Daniel Gurara and Lisa Kolovich

Making sure that opportunities to enter the workforce are fair and rewarding for women benefits everyone. Yet, the average female workforce participation rate across countries is still 20 percentage points lower than the male rate, largely because gender gaps in wages and access to opportunities, such as education, stubbornly persist. […]

Chart of the WeekSouth Africa: Bridging the Income Divide

2020-02-07T08:41:27-05:00February 7, 2020|

By IMFBlog

South Africa suffers among the highest levels of inequality in the world. As our Chart of the Week shows, the country’s wealth is concentrated in the upper levels of society. The top 20 percent of the population holds over 68 percent of income, while the poorest 40 percent possess only 7 percent of income. […]

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