Journal Issue

Guide to the IMF published

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
Published Date:
January 2001
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The IMF has published a new 56-page guide to the organization. What Is the International Monetary Fund? A Guide to the IMF revises and updates the popular What Is the International Monetary Fund? pamphlet and offers a basic introduction to the institution’s history, goals, structure, and work. The new booklet contains sections on why the IMF was set up, how the institution is funded, and who makes decisions. The color pamphlet also provides an overview of the principal aspects of the IMF’s work—regular monitoring of members’ economic policies (its “surveillance” function); lending to countries in difficulty that undertake reforms; and continuing efforts to strengthen the international financial system, prevent crises, and reduce poverty in low-income countries.

Copies of the pamphlet are available free of charge from IMF Publication Services. See page 337 for ordering details. The full text of the pamphlet is also available on the IMF’s website (

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