New BWP report on the IMF in MENA region

9 February 2016

In December, the Bretton Woods Project published the report The IMF in the Arab world: Lessons unlearnt on IMF policies in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia, written by Mohammed Mossallem, of SOAS, University of London.


During the 2011 Arab uprisings, domestic economic reforms were demanded by a wide range of civil society groups. In response, the IMF signalled changes to longstanding policies in the region. The report contrasted the policies endorsed by the IMF pre- and post- the 2011 uprisings and found that while IMF rhetoric may have shifted to focus more on inclusive growth and social inclusion, its policies appear little changed in practice.