IMF Support for COVID-19 Recovery

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The IMF Approves a New Use of SDRs! What’s Next?
May 15, 2024
On Friday, May 10, 2024, the IMF Executive Board approved the recycling of special drawing rights (SDRs) to multilateral development banks (MDBs) for use as hybrid capital. It took a long time to get to this point, and the IMF should be congratulated for overcoming strong opposition, even from some ...
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The IMF’s Shareholders Disappoint on SDRs
March 26, 2024
There was a very disappointing development at the IMF Executive Board earlier this month—the postponement of a formal decision on whether special drawing rights (SDRs) could be recycled to the hybrid capital scheme proposed by two multilateral development banks (MDBs), the African Development Bank (...
CGD NOTES
Does SDR Recycling Impair Reserve Management? The Case of the United Kingdom
November 14, 2023
In the wake of a challenging year, the Bank of England (BoE) has found itself navigating a tumultuous economic landscape marked by significant upheavals. Following the release of the mini-budget in September 2022, the BoE was compelled to take proactive measures to stabilize the financial system. Th...
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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...
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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 ...
CGD NOTES
Whither or Wither the PRGT? Funding Options for a Cash-Strapped PRGT
September 14, 2023
The IMF’s Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT) faces large financing needs. Unprecedented levels of lending since the start of the pandemic – four to five times higher than before the pandemic – have seriously depleted the PRGT’s subsidy resources. If these are not replenished, the PRGT’s lendi...