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Published Date:
March 2000
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International Development Organizations

The International Monetary Fund is an organization for 182 member-countries (in 1999) that work together to promote international monetary cooperation, facilitate international trade, and promote exchange rate stability with the goal of achieving high levels of real income, employment, and economic growth.

The World Bank provides loans, advice, technical assistance, and other support to more than 100 developing countries to fulfill its goal of a world free of poverty.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is an international organization that addresses the global rules of trade between nations to ensure that international trade flows freely.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the U.N.’s largest source of assistance for development and its main body for coordinating development efforts. It helps countries build their capacity to design and implement programs aimed at eradicating poverty, creating employment and sustainable livelihoods, empowering women, and regenerating and protecting the environment.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) helps developing countries maximize their trade, investment, and development opportunities; face the challenges arising from globalization; and participate in the world economy on an equitable basis.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN/ECA), one of five U.N. regional commissions, is responsible for activities that encourage the growth of the economic and social sectors of its 53 member countries in Africa.

African Studies

The Index on Africa is an online gateway to information about Africa that contains more than 2,000 links sorted by country, subject, and news. It is maintained by the Norwegian Council for Africa (NCA) as part of its effort to raise awareness about African affairs. In English.

Africa News Online compiles current news reports about Africa from more than 60 different sources, including 40 African news organizations. In English.

African Studies Center, maintained by the University of Pennsylvania’s African studies department, includes detailed country information, sites on African archeology and anthropology, and an African news feed.

Africa South of the Sahara, developed for the African Studies Association and hosted by Stanford University, is an online gateway to information about Africa with links organized by country, region, and topic.

The Library of Congress Country Studies were developed by multidisciplinary teams of social scientists to create dynamic rather than static national profiles. They devote particular attention to each country’s people – their origins, dominant beliefs, common and divergent interests and issues, the nature and extent of their involvement with national institutions, and their attitudes toward one another and toward their social system and political order.

Information about other IMF publications available at

Other available IMF videos include:

TitleDateAvailable inLength in Minutes
The IMF: A Changing Role for a Changing World1998English, French12
Globalization1997English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese15
Africa: Pathway to Growth1996English, Swahili45
On the Trail of the Tiger1996English, Vietnamese30
Solving Real Problems1996English, French, Spanish12
The IMF at Fifty1994English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chineselong: 30; short: 15
The following five videos comprise a series intended for a general audience. The series explains the challenges facing economies in transition and the role of the IMF in assisting reform. Shot on location in Russia, Ukraine, and Moldova.
Free Markets, Free Choice1994English, Russian, Ukranian30
Inflation: The Enemy Within1994English, Russian, Ukrainian30
High Wire Act: The Art of a Balanced Budget1995English, Russian, Ukrainian30
Fair Play: The Market at Work1995English, Russian, Ukrainian30
Towards a Market Economy: Ukraine & the IMF1995English, Russian, Ukrainian30

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