Part 2: What We Do

International Monetary Fund
Published Date:
October 2018
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The IMF Has Three Main Roles

  • Economic Surveillance

    The IMF oversees the international monetary system and monitors the economic and financial policies of its 189 member countries. As part of this surveillance process, which takes place at both the global level and in individual countries, the IMF highlights possible risks to stability and advises on needed policy adjustments.

    136 country health checks

  • Lending

    The IMF provides loans to member countries experiencing actual or potential balance of payments problems to help them rebuild their international reserves, stabilize their currencies, continue paying for imports, and restore conditions for strong economic growth, while correcting underlying problems.

    $91 billion to four countries, plus $2.4 billion to 14 low-income developing countries

  • Capacity Development

    The IMF works with governments around the world to modernize their economic policies and institutions, and train their people. This helps improve inclusive growth.

    $303 million for hands-on technical advice, policy-oriented training, and peer learning

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