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IMF Earmarks $100bn To Tackle Climate, Poverty In Developing Countries

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday, said rich countries have met the target of reallocating $100 billion of funds from the institution to battle climate change and poverty in developing countries.

This was made known by the Managing Director of IMF, Kristalina Georgiev while speaking with journalists at a climate financing summit in Paris.

According to her, “We meet the target, we do have the 100 billion.”

Ahead of the summit, the IMF still needed another $40 billion to hit the target.

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The plan, first announced in 2019, was for wealthier countries to recycle $100bn in IMF special drawing rights (SDRs) for vulnerable economies.

SDRs are foreign exchange reserve assets awarded to countries based on how much they contribute to the IMF.

The idea, which some European countries resisted, was for wealthier countries to lend these foreign exchange reserve assets to the IMF, which could in turn lend them to developing economies.

Ahead of the summit, France and Japan announced that they would redeploy 30 per cent of their SDRs for this purpose.