Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director, says the IMF is an institution with a brain, a wallet, and a heart. How much do you know about us? Take our new quiz to test your know-how of the ins and outs of what we do and how we do it.
Young people face tough labor markets and job shortages in countries all over the world. For example, about 20 percent of 15- to 24-year-olds in the average emerging market and developing economy are neither in work nor in school—this group includes countries such as Brazil, Ghana, and Malaysia, among others. (more…)
If you are born a girl, you may have to fight for your rights. And without rights, you will not only face discrimination, but also likely have a hard time getting the healthcare and education you will need to be a productive worker and thus have a hard time getting a good paying job. Without productive women in good jobs, the loss of potential output is large. (more…)
Perched in the eastern Himalayas between India and China and home to about 735,000 people, Bhutan is a unique country in terms of both its geography and society. It turns out that Bhutan also boasts a unique approach to policymaking. (more…)
If you are reading this blog—drawn by current buzz around financial technology and the "fintech” reference in the title, and its promise to democratize financial services—then it is probably a safe bet to assume that you have heard of M-Pesa. (more…)
Healthy banking sector. Healthy economy. So goes the thinking. Banks play a vital role in economic life—whether for individual consumers, or more broadly across an entire economy—and a strong and stable banking system is a matter of public concern. (more…)