CIGI-BSIA Policy Brief No. 4
by: Bessma Momani, Skylar Brooks, Warren Clarke, Michael Cockburn, and Dustyn Lanz
Published: April 9, 2013
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Publication Description

Format: Trade PB; Pages: 12
Published by: The Centre for International Governance Innovation

The need for stronger surveillance and better foresight in financial governance was made clear during the global financial crisis. In 2009, the Group of Twenty sought to bolster these by initiating the semi-annual early warning exercise (EWE). Two international institutions — the International Monetary Fund and the Financial Stability Board — were tasked with conducting the EWE. The EWE is a critical mechanism for identifying systemic risks and vulnerabilities; however, several problems constrain its effectiveness. The exercises suffer from unclear goals, a lack of coordination, geographical separation, insufficient organizational capacity and ad hoc procedures. This policy brief offers recommendations that would help improve the effectiveness of the EWE.

About the Author

Bessma Momani is a CIGI senior fellow and associate professor at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on emerging economies in the Middle East.

Series: CIGI-BSIA Policy Brief Series

The CIGI-BSIA Policy Brief Series presents the research findings of leading BSIA scholars, developing information and analysis, including recommendations, on policy-oriented topics that address CIGI’s four core research areas: the global economy; the environment and energy; global development; and global security.