Last updated: 17 january, 2011 - 12:15 GMT

Business and Economics

Inside the IMF

In the past two years, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has come out of the shadows to play a key role in efforts to deal with the global financial crisis.

Governments say they want it to fix the global economy as well. But what do those working inside the IMF in Washington really think about their role - and are they up to the job?

The BBC's Economics Editor, Stephanie Flanders, has had an exclusive opportunity to interview staff including the managing director of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Part One

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Stephanie Flanders speaks to the staff of the IMF in Washington, to find out what they really think about their work and if they are up to the job?

Part Two

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Can the IMF prevent the next financial crisis and make sure the policies of the major countries add up to a coherent whole? Stephanie Flanders investigates if the fund has any success.

First broadcast on click BBC Radio 4 and aired on BBC Word Service on 10 January 2011.

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