Making the most of Special Drawing Rights: approaches to maximise impact and create sustainable and just recovery

04 October 2021

To maximise the impacts of the upcoming allocation of US$650 billion Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), the IMF is working on proposals for countries with strong external positions to voluntarily channel their SDRs to vulnerable countries. How can the design of these mechanisms:

  1. Enable transfers on a grant or low-interest basis?
  2. Provide access to both low-and middle-income countries in need? Avoid onerous economic policy conditions?
  3. Support country-owned and accountable plans for pandemic response and inclusive and sustainable recovery?

The session will also assess need and viability of a new SDR allocation to meet outstanding Covid response and recovery needs.


  • Patricia Miranda, LATINDADD
  • Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, IMF
  • Nadia Daar, Oxfam International
  • Andres Arauz, Former Director General of Banking, Central Bank of Ecuador

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