Mainstreaming gender at the International Monetary Fund

A conversation with Ratna Sahay
Blavatnik School of Government and Zoom
University of Oxford members only
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September 2022

The IMF is launching its very first Gender Mainstreaming Strategy. Mainstreaming gender at the IMF starts with the recognition that many aspects of gender disparities in opportunities, outcomes, and decision-making roles are macro-critical and that economic and financial policies can exacerbate or narrow these gaps. The vision is to integrate gender into the IMF’s core activities—surveillance, lending, and capacity development—in accordance with its mandate, with the goal to help IMF members foster resilient and inclusive economies by supporting them in addressing gender gaps and improving women’s economic empowerment. The presentation will elaborate on the strategy and its key pillars.

As the IMF enters the strategy implementation stage, it would welcome views from experts, academics, and practitioners in several interconnected fields on how to make its analysis and policy advice on gender more granular. Given the IMF macroeconomic mandate, the gender strategy relates to public policy, economic modelling and statistics, but also interfaces with social and cultural norms, climate, fintech, inequality, fragility and other emerging topics.

This event will be moderated by Professor Anandi Mani.

About the speaker

Ratna SahayRatna Sahay is responsible for mainstreaming gender in the Fund's core activities-surveillance, programs, and capacity development. Until April 2021, she was a Deputy Director in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, where she led several policy papers and projects in the areas of monetary policy, exchange rate policy, capital account, financial development, financial inclusion, and gender. She has worked in several regional departments in the IMF and has previously served as Advisor to Stanley Fischer (First Deputy Managing Director) and Michael Mussa and Kenneth Rogoff (both Economic Counselors at the IMF). She has published widely in leading journals. She has taught at Delhi University, Columbia University, and New York University and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University, New York.

Anandi Mani Anandi Mani is Professor of Behavioural Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. Her research interests are in the area of Development Economics, with a specific focus on issues related to the behavioural economics of poverty and social exclusion, gender issues and public good provision. She is a Research Affiliate at Ideas42, a think tank for behavioural economics at Harvard University, and a Fellow at the centre for Comparative Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick.

Her recent work has been published in prominent economics journals and has also featured in leading newspapers including The New York Times and The Guardian, as well as the BBC. Professor Mani was a programme participant at the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos and is a member of the Forum's Global Council on the Future of Behavioral Sciences.