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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

The IMF is weighing a new financing instrument designed to help prevent confidence crises in emerging market countries by providing a line of contingent financing. The need for a new loan instrument designed specifically with emerging market countries in mind was proposed as part of Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato’s medium-term strategy, which seeks to improve the IMF’s ability to meet the needs of its member countries in today’s globalized world.

John H. Adler

The World Bank’s approach to development theory and practice has changed considerably over the 30 years of its operations. The author, who has been involved with the Bank’s work over most of this period, examines the Bank’s lending programs and policies in relation to prevalent thinking on development economics over the years.