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International development experts share their ideas on how wealthy countries can promote prosperity in developing countries. Follow at

Jun 18, 2012

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde startled IFI watchers last week by warning at a CGD-hosted speech that the world faces “a triple crisis—an economic crisis, an environmental crisis and, increasing, a social crisis.”

Lagarde’s remarks, which I report on at greater length here, would not have been newsworthy coming from the head of an international environmental NGO but from the head of the IMF—the world’s leading citadel of economic orthodoxy—they surprised and delighted many in the development community, especially those alarmed by the looming development impacts of runaway climate change.