The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is one of the most powerful actors in the global economy. The IMF reviews countries' economic policies and lends money to developing countries facing financial or debt crises. An IMF programme is a "seal of approval" for a developing country to access other financing. In order to get an IMF programme, a country must agree to implement policies to "structurally adjust" its economy. These policies have been widely criticized for having negatively impacted growth, the environment and poor people in particular.
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