IMF critiqued internally for austerity response

BY ANNA YUKHANANOVWASHINGTON Tue Nov 4, 2014 Reuters – The International Monetary Fund ignored its own research and pushed too early for richer countries to trim budgets after the global financial crisis, the IMFs internal auditor said on Tuesday. The Washington-based multilateral lender, concerned about high debt levels and large …

IMF changes its tune on austerity

For many, the word austerity is inextricably linked to the international development community: IMF and World Bank policies that required austerity policies – often draconian in their social impacts – in exchange for development financing and other aid. The IMF is now grappling with a different part of the globe: …