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Mr. Jean A. P. Clément, Amo Yartey, Ragnar Gudmundsson, and Mr. Bernardin Akitoby

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the third largest country in Africa, is making significant strides to extricate itself from one of the bloodiest wars in the continent’s history, which resulted in millions of deaths. Focusing on the DRC’s turnaround as well as its considerable stabilization and reconstruction challenges, Postconflict Economics in Sub-Saharan Africa draws lessons for postconflict countries worldwide. The IMF team leader and book’s editor, Jean A.P. Clement, and three contributing authors, Bernardin Akitoby, Ragnar Gudmundsson, and Charles Amo Yartey, spoke with Jacqueline Irving of the IMF Survey about what can be learned from the DRC’s experience.

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

It is through development that the world’s poorest countries will be able to eliminate extreme poverty and become fuller participants in the global economy. But so far the resources for financing development have proved woefully inadequate. How can this situation be altered? A distinguished group of about 30 finance ministers, central bank governors, and development ministers from around the world joined leading nongovernmental experts in Washington, D.C., on February 20 to debate this topic. Cohosted by the Center for Global Development and the Institute for International Economics, the roundtable sessions were intended to inspire new ideas for consideration at the UN Global Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico, on March 18-22.