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Toolkit: A guide to IMF resources

December 15, 2010

When fiscal matters took a sharp turn for the worse in debt-choked Greece earlier this year, the International Monetary Fund teamed up with the European Union to help fund a 110-billion-euro ($145 billion) rescue package for the troubled country. Similarly, the organization is on the cusp of approving its contribution to an 85-billion-euro ($112 billion) EU/IMF bailout for Ireland. As global financial institutions go, few are as powerful and crucial to the functioning of the world economy as the IMF.

In addition to lubricating the gears of troubled national economies through loans, the IMF offers practical policy help to its 187 member countries and helps monitor the overall health of the global economy. We’ve compiled a list of resources and tools on the IMF into one handy go-to-guide to help you get a handle on this key player in the global economy.

How is the IMF governed?
How the IMF works with legislators
IMF executive directors and voting power

Guide to IMF committees and groups

Transparency at the IMF

Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund

The IMF External Audit Committee

Evaluation of IMF work

The IMF and civil society

How does the IMF lend?
When can a country borrow from the IMF?
Conditions for lending
Main lending facilities
Where does the IMF get its money?
IMF crisis lending

Helping low-income countries
Debt relief
The changing nature of lending

What data does the IMF collect?
IMF members’ financial data by country
World economic outlook databases
Principal global economic indicators
IMF data mapper: plot, compare and import data from countries and regions
Disbursements and repayments for all members (1984-2010)
IMF arrears owed by member countries
Regional economic outlook
Special Drawing Rights (SDR) allocations and holding for members
Annual report on exchange rates

Other resources
Annual report of the IMF executive board
Global analysis and research at the IMF
IMF video briefings
IMF on Twitter
IMF on Facebook
IMF on Flickr

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