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

Apr 23, 2012

My guest on this week’s Wonkcast is Nigel Purvis, CEO of Climate Advisors, a visiting senior associate at CGD, and the co-author of a new CGD report “Energizing Rio+20: How the United States Can Promote Sustainable Energy for All at the 2012 Earth Summit.” We spoke last Friday following the launch of the report at a CGD event that concluded with a keynote address by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

“The Secretary-General spoke convincingly and from the heart about his experience growing up in Korea, having to study by kerosene light, using candles only when they could afford them,” Nigel tells me. “It’s clear that he understands, in a way that is unprecedented for a person in his position, the connection that energy has to solving development problems.”

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