IMF aid programs mostly help but need fine-tuning22 May 2019 AFP, Washington
Three-quarters of International Monetary Fund aid programs over a six-year period attained their goals fully or partially but there were some failings, including rose-colored growth forecasts, the fund said Monday.
Between 2011 and 2017, the IMF oversaw 133 economic aid programs for member countries, according to a review, the results of which were released Monday by the fund.
"The review found three-quarters of IMF programs were successful or partially successful in achieving their objectives, such as resolving balance of payments problems and fostering economic growth," the review's authors said in a joint blog post.
Martin Muehleisen, head of the department which conducted the review, Petya Koeva Brooks, the deputy director, and economist Chad Steinberg, said this was the first time such a review of IMF programs had been carried out since the global financial crisis, "a period of unexpectedly slow economic growth."
The review showed that member states turn to the IMF when they are already facing major threats to economic and financial stability.
As a result, IMF programs often serve as "shock absorbers," allowing countries to meet their immediate financial needs while considerably softening blows to their economies, they said.
Furthermore, aid served as a catalyst, helping recipients to obtain financing from other official lenders and donors, according to the report, which was presented to the IMF's board early this month.