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13 Jun 2018 description

Ian Parry

La planète se réchauffe, entraînant une élévation du niveau des océans, des phénomènes climatiques plus extrêmes du type ouragans, sécheresses et inondations, ainsi que d’autres risques pour le climat mondial comme l’effondrement irréversible des calottes glaciaires.

12 Dec 2016 description

This International Monetary Fund (IMF) Policy Paper discusses the vulnerability of small developing States, opportunities for change, and the role of the IMF in reducing disaster risk. While making note of the disproportional risk of disasters for small States, the paper discusses how well-designed domestic policies can reduce the direct human and economic costs of climate change and natural disasters with the help of international financing for risk reduction and response.

16 Sep 2016 description
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Large-scale conflicts are a major challenge for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

28 Jun 2016 description
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The exposure of low-income countries to natural disasters has a significant impact on food production and food security. This paper provides a framework for assessing a country’s vulnerability to food crisis in the event of natural disasters. The paper finds that macroeconomic and structural indicators that are crucial for ensuring the resilience of low income countries to adverse external shocks are equally important for minimizing the occurrence of food crisis in the event of natural disasters.

10 Jun 2016 description

By Jean-Louis Combes, Rasmané Ouedraogo and Sampawende J.-A. Tapsoba.

Disclaimer: This Working Paper should not be reported as representing the views of the IMF. The views expressed in this Working Paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the IMF or IMF policy. Working Papers describe research in progress by the author(s) and are published to elicit comments and to further debate

14 Oct 2015 description


By Maureen Burke Bulletin du FM

08 Oct 2015 description

This year’s Global Monitoring Report, produced jointly by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, details the progress the world has made towards global development goals and examines the impact of demographic change on achieving these goals.

21 Jun 2015 description

Summary: Natural disasters and climate change are interrelated macro-critical issues affecting all Pacific small states to varying degrees. In addition to their devastating human costs, these events damage growth prospects and worsen countries’ fiscal positions. This is the first cross-country IMF study assessing the impact of natural disasters on growth in the Pacific islands as a group. A panel VAR analysis suggests that, for damage and losses equivalent to 1 percent of GDP, growth drops by 0.7 percentage point in the year of the disaster.

28 Apr 2015 description

IMF Projects Solid Growth for Sub-Saharan Africa in the Face of Headwinds

Press Release No. 15/179
April 28, 2015

Introducing the April 2015 IMF Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa, Ms. Antoinette Sayeh, Director of the IMF’s African Department commented today:

05 Feb 2015 description

L’épidémie d’Ébola qui sévit dans certaines parties de l’Afrique de l’Ouest est une catastrophe humanitaire qui a attiré l’attention de la communauté internationale sur la menace que représente la propagation rapide de maladies infectieuses potentiellement mortelles, à l’échelle nationale et internationale.

05 Feb 2015 description

The Ebola epidemic in parts of West Africa is a humanitarian disaster that has drawn the attention of the international community to the threat posed by the rapid spread of life-threatening infectious diseases, both within and across international boundaries.

20 Oct 2014 description

Strong Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, but Pockets of Difficulty

  • Infrastructure, services, agriculture driving growth in most economies
  • Positive outlook overshadowed by Ebola impact in affected countries
  • Goals are high, inclusive growth and addressing fiscal risks in a few countries

Strong growth in the majority of sub-Saharan Africa’s economies should underpin a robust regional expansion in 2014 and 2015, the IMF said in its regional outlook.

20 Oct 2014 description

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Communiqué de presse n° 14/475

Le 20 octobre 2014

Présentant l’édition d’octobre 2014 du rapport du FMI sur les Perspectives économiques régionales pour l’Afrique subsaharienne, Mme Antoinette Sayeh, Directrice du Département Afrique du FMI, a fait aujourd’hui les observations ci-dessous:

13 Oct 2014 description
  • Global recovery continues but it is fragile and uneven
  • L’épidémie de fièvre Ébola efface les progrès économiques récents dans les pays touchés
  • Les retombées de l’épidémie commencent à se faire sentir dans d’autres pays africains

Les trois pays les plus durement touchés par l’épidémie de fièvre Ébola en Afrique de l’Ouest sont en train d’élaborer un plan de redressement pour l’après-crise, a déclaré le Ministre des Finances de Sierra Leone, M. Kaifala Marah.

12 Oct 2012 description

Press Release No. 12/390

October 12, 2012

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today released the October 2012 Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa. Ms. Antoinette Monsio Sayeh, Director of the IMF's African Department, commented on the report's main findings:

22 May 2012 description

By Nemat Shafik

What strikes you on a trip to the Middle East is that everyone is talking politics—all of the time. That had been the case in countries like Lebanon where it is a national pastime, but it is a new phenomenon in countries across North Africa and the Gulf.

Constitutions are being rewritten, political parties and youth groups are vibrant, and everyone has an opinion on current events. The older generation seems worried by the uncertainty associated with change. The young generation continues to be energized.

Need for an economic rethink

25 Apr 2012 description


This note aims to provide country teams with broad guidance on engagement with countries in fragile situations. The aim of the guidance note is to help staff maintain focus on issues specific to countries in fragile situations. While engagement should focus on the issues and principles laid out in the note, there is, of course, scope for staff to tailor engagement to country specific circumstances beyond proposed practices.