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World Today Discussion Series: The International Monetary Fund (IMF): Protecting the Global Economy and Propelling a Sustainable Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented public health, economic, and social crisis, threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions. The economic shock is increasing poverty, worsening inequalities, and reversing development gains. Economic recoveries are diverging across countries and sectors, reflecting variation in pandemic-induced disruptions and the extent of policy support. Emerging market economies and low-income developing countries face rising public debt levels, are more vulnerable to financial stress and expected to suffer more significant medium-term losses. While a vibrant private sector will be essential for countries to recover, create jobs, and embrace economic transformation, strong coordination across bilateral and multilateral organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank will play a crucial role to contain the impacts of the pandemic and build up the foundation of strong international cooperation for a green, smart and inclusive recovery.

Please join the UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management (CGM) and Professor Sebastian Edwards, in a moderated discussion with Richard Farber (’88), who recently completed his term as Alternate Executive Director at the IMF. In this position, he represented the United States on the IMF’s Executive Board, ensuring the stability of the international monetary system and providing financial assistance to members focusing on low-income, fragile, conflict-affected states, and emerging markets. Farber will address the history, role and purpose of the IMF, the world’s crisis lender, the diverging impact of COVID-19 on member countries and explain how the IMF continues to support countries on the path to recovery by providing policy advice, financial support, capacity development, and debt relief for the poorest. He will also explore how the IMF is enhancing its support to member countries as they pursue their Sustainable Development Goals. This discussion is co-sponsored by the UCLA Anderson Laurence & Lori Fink Center for Finance. Open to UCLA students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the extended UCLA and general community. For more details and to register>>

Innovation: Strategies for Success Series: The Role of Technology in Building Public Sector Impact with Amanda Renteria, CEO, Code for America

Join the Centers@Anderson and Professor Terry Kramer in conversation with Amanda Renteria, CEO of Code for America who will seek to uncover the critical role that technology can play in improving public sector service provision and narrowing the gap between the private and public sector in terms of the utilization and design of technology. She will also share the interesting story of Code for America, a non-partisan, non-profit that uses the principles and practices of the digital age to improve how government serves the American public, and how the public improves government. UCLA Anderson Dean Tony Bernardo will provide opening remarks. This event is a partnership among the Centers of UCLA Anderson. Open to UCLA students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the extended UCLA community and general public. For more details and to register>>

About the Innovation: Strategies for Success Series.
In the global environment and post COVID-19, there will be increased opportunities and challenges, with greater demands on leaders, businesses and society. New innovation strategies must be assessed and utilized to ensure future success. This series will address the innovation imperatives of today and their implications for tomorrow.