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.

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  • Bessma Momani

    Bessma Momani is a senior fellow, joining CIGI in 2004. She has a Ph.D. in political science with a focus on international political economy, and is professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the University of Waterloo. She is a 2015 fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Doha Center and a Fulbright Scholar. 

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.