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Owen Barder @owenbarder Somewhere in Europe, mostly

Senior Fellow & Director for Europe at @CGDev. Economist. ex Treasury, DFID, No.10. Passionate about fighting poverty. Views my own.

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@carolinefiennes @TimHarford @owenbarder our model at @GlobalInnovFund is exactly the opposite (we do pilot, test & scale), but this is rare
Retweeted by Owen Barder@carolinefiennes @MollyKinder @TimHarford True, but in development it is hard to hand off successful innovation to big aid agenciesHeard at #DevexForum - refugees spend on average 17 years in a camp. This cannot and should not persist. @devex
Retweeted by Owen BarderDonors don’t want to consider an aid project spending < £20m bc of high transaction costs, says @owenbarder in @FT: http://t.co/OofQkQU4q7
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10/22
2014
The fight against Ebola has produced many heroes, but western aid agencies are not among them, says @ianbirrell http://t.co/fS2M6I0mq5Shoutout to #opendata from Canadian Revenue Agency and how it informs better understanding of #nonprofit sector #PFC2014
Retweeted by Owen BarderBoth @jdportes and @sundersays should be given peerages for their pro-immigration stance, says @jameskirkup http://t.co/rQJlRzViBw < I agreeHow do you decide which development goals are most worthy of aid? Great @Freakonomics podcast w/ @BjornLomborg: http://t.co/CyiKBn13eK
Retweeted by Owen BarderThurs in London: We're hosting @gabriel_zucman as he explains how much wealth is being held in overseas #tax havens: http://t.co/hAw90Abs0B
Retweeted by Owen BarderThe Guardian overtakes New York Times in comScore traffic figures http://t.co/LOoDD1PslC
Retweeted by Owen BarderThis is how it should go: The Sudden Rise of Carbon Taxes, 2010–2030 | Center For Global Development http://t.co/t7vH7eVeay
Retweeted by Owen BarderAnd I strongly agree with @owenbarder on ministers: "all of them, even the ones I strongly disagree with, want to do the best for people."
Retweeted by Owen Barder"Making it politically unsustainable to do stupid things" Great stuff from @owenbarder, interviewed at https://t.co/0mxCLVFkpC
Retweeted by Owen Barder@jillongovt many thanks :-)@jillongovt it refers to this chain: https://t.co/sGqPnzLTdP@Guardianpublic it matters if you claim to want a civil service that values delivery skills.@ruthkennedy I'm in Brussels today. But will be in touch ...Must read @JananGanesh on British miserabilism (free registration required) http://t.co/pZRXIy3CWx@ruthkennedy I can offer you even better coffee, in a coffee shop near our new office, also near Victoria Station. Interested?@ruthkennedy thanks Ruth - very kind. Agreed about lack of learning culture@PeteVowles We've said that since I joined the civil service in 1988. Yet the Cabinet Secretary has never delivered so much as a pizza.
10/21
2014
Donors don’t want to consider an aid project spending < £20m bc of high transaction costs, says @owenbarder in @FT: http://t.co/OofQkQU4q7
Retweeted by Owen BarderAre Brits really opposed to free movement within Europe? Seems a relatively recent eurosceptic bandwagon. Great shame if it causes #brexit
10/20
2014
@hannahloryman thanks."Immigration Granger-causes neither unemployment nor growth" http://t.co/s2aDuDy5s3"Ways have to be found to generate economic growth based on rising productivity rather than ... asset bubbles" http://t.co/VjuJyqbib2+1 RT @DanRCorry: @owenbarder agreed on that. Disagreed with many as spad and civil servant but few in it for expenses etc.An interview with me in which I say that all the politicians I have worked with have been genuinely well-motivated: https://t.co/pQW1knu28jImmigration, the UK government and those pesky numbers & facts - @jdportes via @johnmcternan http://t.co/MtIYtqoR9y http://t.co/j3SgTLKJGW
Retweeted by Owen BarderMust-read piece by @jdportes eviscerating EU migration myths one-by-one: http://t.co/xYqju5vihG
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10/19
2014
57 Reasons Living In London Ruins You For Life. Yup. http://t.co/h4qXdm4GHq
Retweeted by Owen Barder1/2 Brilliant chart from @marcus_manuel @ODI_development on who is (and is not) paying for Ebola response http://t.co/ZJKeRPaSk8
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10/18
2014
@marcus_manuel interesting. What's the source?.@CGDev’s @owenbarder & #AmbBirx discuss PEPFAR’s #data transparency policies@ #2014ATI launch. @aidtransparency #FBF http://t.co/uqURChQLTr
Retweeted by Owen BarderEU - East African Community trade deal (EPA) reached. http://t.co/yAwbtvCCgw
10/17
2014
@Charles_Tellier I fear the legacy powers are doing roughly this right across the global system.Brilliant short post by @Morris_ScottA about how the US is bungling its relationship with the Asian Development Bank http://t.co/TvG09RrsqgGood news from India. Good news for India @arvindsubraman of @cdgev & @PIIE_com new Chief Econ Advisor. Creative,wide-ranging thinker.
Retweeted by Owen BarderWant to run the @aidtransparency team? You can! We're looking for a great Chief Exec http://t.co/YjJr5ZTDk9 @AidJobs @devex @GdnDevelopment
Retweeted by Owen Barder@owenbarder I thought of you when I forked over almost $20 for this today. But I am sure it will be worth it. http://t.co/4aj6V4NIZh
Retweeted by Owen BarderBest news of the day - Tomoca (a world class Ethiopian coffee roaster) plans to open cafes in Europe: http://t.co/HHY3VnWaFp
10/16
2014
@kwatkinsodi just had their Annual Meetings?@NigelThornton I think a strict policy of "one in one out" for evaluation quangos would make some sense.@NigelThornton @CommonsIDC Right. How's that working out for ya?@NigelThornton I think it is about time we had another evaluation unit, on top of DFID EvD, internal audit, NAO, 3iE, and ICAI.@NigelThornton Please tell me that nobody is suggesting we should have both?@NigelThornton Also, pretty weird to have IIDO appointed by the SOS (albeit with the consent of @CommonsIDC).@NigelThornton The IIDO idea is interesting, but IMHO it would need to be quite different from ICAI.@NigelThornton Even better idea: the @CommonsIDC could step up to the plate as a development committee.@NigelThornton Indeed, I watched it. All worthy objectives. But @icai_uk has scarcely earned the credibility to play that role.@NigelThornton @CommonsIDC @icai_uk apart from that being Ben Jackson rather than Ben Dickson, it is a terrible idea.@NigelThornton @CommonsIDC @icai_uk Surely you jest?Clare Short statement on #EITI and #Azerbaijan https://t.co/cvxBiCLsPq looks like the report was quite damning, will #EITI release it?
Retweeted by Owen Barder@Scott_Gilmore I'm still embarrassed at having it described as 'my' pledge. We are among the many, I'm pleased to say.The British Invasion at @CGDev continues .... http://t.co/5P3UBWoj33@IlonaKickbusch in what way?Great to see that UK is now accepted as an @EITIorg candidate & that it is taking a best-in-class approach; http://t.co/8tsHViXDR2
Retweeted by Owen BarderWhat does it tell us about DFID that the Foreign Secretary, not the Development Secretary, is chairing today's COBRA about Ebola?.@EdwardDaveyMP: UK comes out in support of ambitious reform of EU’s Carbon Market #EUETS #EuroGreenGrowth http://t.co/HBE6B05Oc8
Retweeted by Owen Barder@kwatkinsodi @TonysAngle I'm seeing @kwatkinsodi as Harry, @clairemelamed as Hermione, Robert Chambers as Dumbledore ... #Potter2015Richard Calvert in front of @commonsidc on future of @icai_uk. Watch live at http://t.co/MXdTsLJDPy
Retweeted by Owen BarderCorporate Tax and Development by @MForstater http://t.co/gi8nxntkXPCome by next Thursday for our next research seminar with wealth guru Gabriel Zucman! http://t.co/Ccn3vohD9u
Retweeted by Owen Barder@CGDev is hiring a postdoc to work with @JustinSandefur on education, to work in London - come join our amazing team! http://t.co/Od0enZ1p2B
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10/15
2014
Brilliant Times leader tomorrow: "Britain gets a good deal from immigration. Politicians should say so" http://t.co/7muOiaxH4G
Retweeted by Owen BarderThanks @sherrling. As always the Scandinavians are ahead of us http://t.co/x3UdpyBXqr http://t.co/LTtlNygqyl #TakkNei@owenbarder @CommonsIDC like showing how "over" your old girlfriend you are by constantly bringing her up in every conversation #notoveraid
Retweeted by Owen BarderWatching this morning's @CommonsIDC hearing on 'beyond aid' I'm surprised by how much of the discussion is about aid. http://t.co/3H52gZtDCqOpening statement by @mleach_ids of @IDS_UK to the UK parliament's @CommonsIDC is well worth 5 minutes of your time: http://t.co/3H52gZtDCqThe @CommonsIDC could read @toddjmoss's novel for an insight into bureaucratic infighting in development http://t.co/1Z2PdYsjZ8Vaccines can save as many as 6 million lives—but @ONECampaign needs your help to make it happen: http://t.co/Q1CgOPtkep
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10/14
2014
@Scott_Gilmore Re your great piece on all-male panels, found this wonderful resource from @aanand - http://t.co/hY6uX0kfTX (cc @owenbarder)
Retweeted by Owen Barder@GlenTarman Does it really though? I bet most people also don't know how much we spend on things they like (eg NHS).Drives me nuts when people lump free trade in with "investment protection": http://t.co/e1IZwhn7O9 Not the same thing at all!
Retweeted by Owen BarderThis is what happens if you implement innovative finance ideas badly. http://t.co/CL3L1pQlQl #justsayinAid campaigners often point out the public overestimates how much is spent on aid. But that doesn't mean the public doesn't want to cut aid.Great article by @pdgoldman & JohnGoldstein on why and how government should mobilize more impact investment http://t.co/3APYNpTgVc #ImpInv
Retweeted by Owen BarderTomorrow 10am: 1st evidence session on 'Beyond Aid' with Prof Ngaire Woods, IDS's Melissa Leach, Ben Jackson of BOND http://t.co/Lo9GAH835S
Retweeted by Owen BarderThirty Years Ago, a News Video Shocked the World - Here's What We Learned About Famine Since Then http://t.co/vd5JQb4ABN via @HuffPostUK
Retweeted by Owen Barder50% of Labour voters and 62% of Conservative voters believe ‘the UK spends too much on aid': @ChathamHouse/@YouGov http://t.co/Ht8LdTuVZ2.
Retweeted by Owen Barder@ForcesReviewUK Apparently. Consistent with my point about valuing lives in developing countries too little http://t.co/90I4DgzOnpWe would have Ebola vaccine by now if it weren't for budget cuts, says head of NIH http://t.co/PLzGISnKYw < an AMC would have been better?UK study finds that #charities are more likely to talk about the importance of transparency than to demonstrate it. http://t.co/7VMyikOyTC
Retweeted by Owen BarderOct 23: @gabriel_zucman to discuss tracking personal wealth + corporate profits with @CGDev in London. Register here: http://t.co/UMbXKlj457
Retweeted by Owen Barder@bjelkeman @johnthegeo Ditto.Impressive: DFID funded development of Rwanda's National Revenue Authority, which now collects value of the original DFID grant each month.
Retweeted by Owen BarderThis excellent @chrisdeerin article about the UK politics industry could equally have been about the aid industry https://t.co/x79E7BNhROLondon Evidence Week from @3ieNews and @3ieED starts today http://t.co/8i45idJBja
10/13
2014
ICYMI @Scott_Gilmore refuses to serve on men-only panels: http://t.co/RgTRQvUfFr How to avoid gendered conferences: http://t.co/uu7DP6Rw3IDon't want to leave EU, hate austerity, like immigrants, want to tackle CO2. There are lots of us. Any UK political party want our votes?
Retweeted by Owen Barder@pernillan likewise!@pernillan oh wow. where was that?Cool graph: Especially in Africa, decline in child mortality isn't due to economic growth. http://t.co/az4JbvZOO8 http://t.co/9nvj2qFh1d
Retweeted by Owen BarderAlmost time for my yearly East Coast trip, AKA "Why does everyone on the East Coast dress up for no reason all the time?"
Retweeted by Owen BarderIf you work in London please ask your employer to support the proposed "Crossrail for Bikes". Consultation ends soon https://t.co/WkCq8SWCwR
10/12
2014
@ExtroSpecteur @njmcivor or we could go back to having a World Bank with huge expertise in health systems and policy?Nice. @JeremyCliffe takes apart the "we must talk tougher on immigration" line. @SimonDanczuk is the unlucky fiskee http://t.co/YzIYP2WDVb@Leigh_Phillips we should talk. I am sympathetic to your starting point but have become convinced that AMCs get the best of both worlds.@Leigh_Phillips it isn't obvious to me that running a public pharma business is 'more simple' than fixing the incentives for private firms.@ExtroSpecteur @njmcivor I agree. I resisted the establishment of the Global Fund when I was at DFID for that very reason (I lost).
10/11
2014
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