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Vulnerability Diagnostics (VDS )

Target Audience

Officials of all levels in central banks and ministries of finance, involved in monitoring and assessing vulnerabilities and risks at the country and regional levels.


Participants are expected to have an advanced degree in economics or equivalent experience, a basic background in econometrics, and familiarity with the use of software for econometric applications.

Course Description

This course, presented by the IMF Institute for Capacity Development, complements the Macroeconomic Diagnostics (MDS) course by enhancing participants’ ability to assess fiscal, financial, and external vulnerabilities in an integrated fashion using several diagnostic tools to capture tail risks.


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify effective measures of fiscal, financial, and external vulnerabilities.
  • Describe how vulnerabilities can arise as a result of adverse shocks or flawed – Use diagnostic tools to track vulnerability measures and predict indicators of tail risks, such as the tools currently employed in IMF surveillance.
  • Adapt diagnostic tools to their country data, organized as templates of country vulnerability reports.
Language: English
Application process: Please apply online


Oct 15, 2018
Oct 26, 2018
Course Number

Application Deadline

May 18, 2018