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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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Free download of new review of NGOs in development: http://t.co/Bfuq9cXCMp @intldogooder @BonnieKoenig @fp2p @viewfromthecave @owenbarder
Retweeted by Owen Barder@tom_wein His name is Bob Smith and he kindly did it for nothing.@tom_wein It was a friend of my sister who does music professionally for video games, elearning etc.Whatever else you do today, read this post by @CJFDillow on immigration and capitalism. http://t.co/LUvdoYoxtT (via @TimHarford)Immigration & capitalism - very, very interesting post. http://t.co/2DLKsvgfhv
Retweeted by Owen BarderWe are hiring in our London team: http://t.co/CII4PrFRp9Thoughtful speeches from @DFID_Mark and @SueDHellmann on lessons of #ebola, future of development and leadership of big organisations
Retweeted by Owen Barder40% CO2 cut agreed for #EU2030. EU says it wants to avoid risk of dangerous #climatechange, but this probably won't. http://t.co/vKCd4I7fiL
Retweeted by Owen BarderInside welfare reform: my @BBC_Analysis programme feat. @colinrtalbot @suey2y @FraserNelson Monday 8.30pm Radio 4 http://t.co/PKkNQZ8Foi
Retweeted by Owen BarderPowerfully said @scott_Gilmore: "We need less security, not more" http://t.co/pWQUhj88i2
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My god @charliecw is just phenomenally impressive and clear about both #chedevans case and football and its obligations - bravo! #bbctw
Retweeted by Owen Barder@jamie_love I could live with those!Without a lucrative market, Ebola vaccine was shelved. http://t.co/5MmI4OjiRY < This is why we need an Advance Market CommitmentCanadian-US vaccine for ebola made 10 years ago not tested because, well, it was for an obscure African disease: http://t.co/JJXgSntEE9 NYT
Retweeted by Owen Barder"Iteration without learning is pointless," says @alanhudson1 #differentdev
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Reward people willing to talk about failure. Dfid thinking Re new ways to finance development.Virtual clinics and other ideas. #differentdev
Retweeted by Owen BarderTom Wingfield on DFID's ban on No Value Added Proven Layers. God save the Queen! #differentdev
Retweeted by Owen Barder@CGDev @owenbarder @FT Interestingly, 25% of @DFID_UK projects are under £1m (with a further 23% percent between £1m and £5m
Retweeted by Owen Barder@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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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.
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
@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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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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@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
@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
@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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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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@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?
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