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International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Headquarter: Washington, D.C., United States

About IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world. Created in 1945, the IMF is governed by and accountable to the 189 countries that make up its near-global membership.

The IMF's primary purpose is to ensure the stability of the international monetary system—the system of exchange rates and international payments that enables countries (and their citizens) to transact with each other. The Fund's mandate was updated in 2012 to include all macroeconomic and financial sector issues that bear on global stability.

The IMF’s fundamental mission is to ensure the stability of the international monetary system. It does so in three ways: keeping track of the global economy and the economies of member countries; lending to countries with balance of payments difficulties; and giving practical help to members.

Work at IMF

Supporting economic growth, stability and prosperity in the world economy is challenging work.

"At the IMF, we know that our 2,700 employees are ready to meet the challenges head on with thoughtful analysis, active collaboration and innovative solutions. We take great pride in our staff being among the best and brightest in their fields, solidifying our reputation as an organization that solves problems and creates opportunities."

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United Nations System
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