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The IMF and the IDB Are Talking Up Debt-for-Nature Swaps at COP28. Here’s Why We’re Skeptical.
December 06, 2023
As COP28 draws on, major multilateral development banks (MDBs) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have made flashy announcements about their desire to expand debt-for-nature swaps. About a year ago, we warned against overestimating the efficacy of such swaps in addressing both climate change...
Empty Words, Empty Wallets: The G20’s Broken Promise on SDR Recycling
October 30, 2023
In August 2021, as the world continued to grapple with the far-reaching effects of the ongoing global pandemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) took a significant step to help. Recognizing the unprecedented challenges faced by nations, the IMF issued an allocation of US$ 650 billion worth of S...
What We’re Watching at the Annual Meetings
October 05, 2023
Next week, finance ministers and other officials from around the world will descend on Marrakech for the World Bank and IMF annual meetings. Read on for a range of quick reactions from CGD's experts on what will happen next week, and what should happen—and how we get from one to the other.
The PRGT Must Be Replenished, but There Are No Easy Options
September 14, 2023
The Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT), the IMF’s primary vehicle to support low-income countries (LICs), faces a severe financial crunch. There are many ways in which this hole could be plugged to restore the PRGT, but as explained in a new CGD note, there are obstacles or drawbacks to each ...
Why Central Banks Might Not Want to Recycle SDRs and Why They Are Wrong
August 23, 2023
Nearly two years have passed since the G20 committed to recycling $100 billion of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) from advanced economies to support more vulnerable countries. The most recent allocation of SDRs, the international reserve asset issued by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), was inten...
The Resilience and Sustainability Trust: An Assessment of the First Steps Forward
July 25, 2023
As the RST builds momentum and scores of countries seek its concessional loans and technical assistance, a new CGD paper, The Resilience and Sustainability Trust: Early Learning and Challenges from Costa Rica and Rwanda, provide early learning from the point of view of lower-income countries themsel...
Now Is NOT the Time to Increase Funding to the IMF’s RST
July 06, 2023
The IMF’s new Resilience and Sustainability Trust (RST) has gotten a lot of support from donors wanting to recycle their IMF special drawing rights (SDRs). As of June 8, total pledges for the RST amount to $40.6 billion, falling $3 billion short of the initial fundraising target. With few recycling ...