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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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@robcrilly @billybragg This tweet by @JustinSandefur is relevant to your discussion on borders: https://t.co/BPEZ7zTGDUVet spending per US pet per year: ~$70 Health spending per person per year: Tanzania: $41 Haiti: $53 Afghanistan: $57 DR Congo: $15
Retweeted by Owen BarderPatents and the global diffusion of drugs (basically what slows or speeds up @charlesjkenny 's Getting Better) http://t.co/z3BZqbHMVX
Retweeted by Owen Barder@RottenInDenmark very kind. Thank you@zararah Thanks Zara @alexevansukThe future of DFID and the beyond aid agenda - @owenbarder and my written evidence to @CommonsIDC inquiry http://t.co/FBXm2UMh14
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RT @aidtransparency: Save the date: launch of the 2014 Aid Transparency Index on 8 Oct @CGDev (+ livestream, too!) http://t.co/x13YAR8wwy
Retweeted by Owen BarderLatest Development Drums podcast by @owenbarder: The much needed #DataRevolution w/ @glassmanamanda & @clairemelamed http://t.co/5k0UKI9gSK
Retweeted by Owen BarderHeartbreaking letter from our friend Gyude Moore on the frontline of Ebola crisis in #Liberia, via @glassmanamanda http://t.co/slPZJBllwR
Retweeted by Owen Barder“We Are Running Out of Time” – A Letter from the Front Lines of #Ebola http://t.co/4O2XVx8hTU #Liberia
Retweeted by Owen BarderDevelopment requires more active participation in global governance and regulation. says @IDS_UK Director @mleach_ids http://t.co/WiA9admt5T@odi_development delighted to be new member of @NewClimateEcon & new host of secretariat. Report launch today http://t.co/NDuvTTuuao
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Australia takes tough pro-democracy stance in Fiji - so #Fiji turns to #China for aid instead. New research from ODI: http://t.co/nuVvmEAScM
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@jonathanglennie how about "international action intended to support development and which would not otherwise occur"?
Ending an email with "thanks" to let the recipient know you're trembling with rage
Retweeted by Owen BarderUK Social Impact Fund is oversubscribed. Well done @bridges_bv http://t.co/hTsXxDHZ8V (via @tobyecc)Suggestions for drafters of #transparency legislation - @danielschuman http://t.co/GvgurGiTuC #opendata
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MUST READ - Illicit financial flows and #post2015 - proposed targets. by @alexcobham @CGDEV http://t.co/3dGOzIyUWK
Retweeted by Owen BarderI presented @icai_uk evidence on learning today to the @CommonsIDC alongside Comm'rs Diana Good & Graham Ward http://t.co/k6WxQvUD2a
Retweeted by Owen BarderNeven Mimica is EU Commissioner for International Development; Cecilia Malmström gets Trade http://t.co/8C6PA5EIZV http://t.co/grqzluolz5
"Carbon Tax or Cap-and-Trade?" - Interesting, although @OwenBarder is usually more persuasive than this! http://t.co/f8zi5J99TM
Retweeted by Owen BarderThe mythical finance minister "seems to have a lot of time to read long reports" says @RuthLevine5. Do read this: http://t.co/V1TE56ErYK
.@RuthLevine5 in great form on the mythical finance minister http://t.co/MiNBp2QxrW@costrike @socialkantract Thanks Chris. Much appreciated.So what really is aid's growth impact? @UNUWIDER video http://t.co/S9biBOGU2K #globaldev #Africa #Mozambique
Retweeted by Owen BarderMany economists favour a carbon tax over cap-and-trade. @socialkantract and I are not so sure they are right: http://t.co/rx2MXjSSY4Which is better: a carbon tax or cap-and-trade? @socialkantract and I look at the economics http://t.co/vxxOXpI3VzWe should make a serious effort to end the secrecy of trade negotiations. http://t.co/JMcm4s1Zl7@jillongovt what did you conclude?@Claire_Hickson I hope Scotland does not vote for independence, but I think I would if I were them.@Claire_Hickson Indeed it does. Furthermore the markets agree with me (http://t.co/0QsFBNIGYp) and they are never wrong ...Western Europe & offshoots retain disproportionate share of positions in UN secretariat says @CGD http://t.co/DkEulh9dLf
Retweeted by Owen Barder@viewfromthecave the @CGDev response is here: http://t.co/h3r4Bn2upNI still don't think Scotland will vote for independence. #ExMacroeconomicsForecaster #TakeNoNoticeHalf way through my colleague @toddjmoss's book The Golden Hour and loving it. http://t.co/1vOSkUU7zU#JOBS Overseas Development Institute post doctoral fellow, research officer, research fellow http://t.co/UdcMiiQbG7 #GlobalDev #AcademicJobs
Retweeted by Owen Barder@fp2p @owenbarder @CGDev It is not 'weird' to hold think-tanks to the highest standards of accountability: it's in their interest.
Retweeted by Owen Barder.@CGDev responds to weird @nytimes smear over receiving foreign funding to do stuff (aid for reducd deforestation) http://t.co/swj4dO9C7I
Retweeted by Owen BarderUnilever & WRI partner to increase transparency to help end tropical deforestation http://t.co/xiunDmMXXH
Retweeted by Owen BarderNYT expose of think-tanks-as-foreign-lobbyists was undercut by lame opening on Norway's innocuous support of @CGDev: http://t.co/dTlK4L3geN
Retweeted by Owen BarderOverpriced and the food can be odd, but otherwise Norway rocks #AgentOfAForeignPower http://t.co/I728rjusRX
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@chris_underwood @Integrilicious Yeah, me too. Daniel Craig, eat your heart out.Are think tanks agents of foreign governments (or indeed our own government)? @davidroodman confesses ... http://t.co/PKPQnXuQpr
Nowhere in Mr. Dickens' account does he acknowledge the proprietor's generosity in providing orphans with factory work #EconomistBookReviews
Retweeted by Owen Barder@ritaperakis @EllieHorrocks Right. It is like saying that PRSPs weren't a great success, so participatory development is bunk.@Doylebytes thanks Mark. Coffee sometime?
Amartya Sen says environmental campaigns are too one-dimensional, and have ignored need for increased access to power http://t.co/cgI4ckCMtB@paulclist hah! no, of course not.@EllieHorrocks Right. I can't think why I have not had him on already.In which Lant Pritchett denounces the idea that the goal of development agencies is to end 'extreme poverty' http://t.co/stgp2McctL@EllieHorrocks my main thought is that PbR can be done badly.@mngreenall @clairemelamed No. And that is an absolutely brilliant idea. cc @theobot1000@clairemelamed Well that is the very issue I'd have liked to see Chambers address. Is it bad implementation, or does the idea stink?@DanFJones72 @clairemelamed Now that I agree with.@clairemelamed Well there is a difference between "has it worked so far" and "could it work?"@alanhudson1 we pretty much set out our stall here: http://t.co/W7WxHlYpk3@clairemelamed I couldn't disagree more. Lots of good ideas are given a bad name by poor implementation.@alanhudson1 I think it is a shame that Chambers does not distinguish between PbR as it could be, and the version that is implemented.Bhutan's Gross National Happiness: a bad idea whose time has gone http://t.co/rpTfn8IGZn by @alanbeattie + comment by @JeffDSachs
Retweeted by Owen Barder@rich_mallett I was listening to podcasts and enjoying the walk. You'll be benefiting from the new cycle superhighways!Two new cycle superhighways for London: http://t.co/rzqWnMhjK4 http://t.co/LND6MZgb5T@rich_mallett You did indeed. I was on my way home after running to work with my gf.@martintisne @Coadec @guy_levin apart from the special pleading for tax breaks ☺Very excited to get @toddjmoss's thriller, The Golden Hour, on my Kindle this morning. My weekend reading sorted. http://t.co/1Z2PdYsjZ8
@JustinSandefur you should write a blog post about it.BLOG by our director Kevin Watkins: "Our collective interest - time to rethink EU governance." http://t.co/fEq9WZD3Xr
Retweeted by Owen BarderRobert Chambers lambasts payment by results (or, at least, the PbR schemes that are being implemented) http://t.co/pGTh2nGX3aTwo factor authentication is good, but Apple does not have an option for two factor authentication protection of iCloud backups.Pro tip: if you think 4chan is a person, you probably should not be giving advice on IT security.@fp2p I don't think the Romans knew about vfm ... @SaraPantuliano@fp2p Ah, I see @SaraPantuliano beat me to it and for bonus points also knew the origin of the phrase (unlike me).@fp2p "quis custodiet..." etc.@Kevin_Maguire :-)@Kevin_Maguire are you uninterested too?
Very excited to be starting work as the lead author for the UNSG's expert group on the data revolution. More soon! http://t.co/zEj4k44x9t
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Mutelbile always been a stand-out. RT @alanbeattie: Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile is a total dude, & surely right here http://t.co/Mt5pam5sBR
Retweeted by Owen Barder@mngreenall that sounds very goodWhy introverts are better leaders. https://t.co/O5xvUWb3Gc@hmryder Though cash transfers might nontheless be a better use of aid (eg if we don't know how to use aid to increase manufacturing) ...@hmryder Right.Growth of Bangladesh garment industry may have bigger impact on schooling for girls than conditional cash transfers http://t.co/j2YBi6Il5UA few pioneering businesses are developing "sustainability policies" worthy of the name http://t.co/ljFGDZsGD7 http://t.co/DCabi9Fp3o
Retweeted by Owen Barder@doaneatlarge do you have a proposed replacement? What's the shortlist?Scaling up - creating a school of fish, not a whale. From @SSIReview http://t.co/CesSYoxceAIn which @doaneatlarge says the term "development" is no longer fit for purpose (which would be a problem for CGD!) http://t.co/FAlVAsLtGn
.@owenbarder Curious. That article doesn't say whether she's a mother. Surely that's salient. No wonder it wasn't reported in the @Telegraph
Retweeted by Owen Barder@carolinefiennes "preferred candidate" https://t.co/XHf3PQ2r6nI hope Alison Evans can make @icai_uk as effective at holding government to account as Andrew Dilnot and the UK Statistics Authority.Here is @pollytoynbee on good form on how the media try to stigmatise abortion: http://t.co/6JUX6G3xqmIncredible. From today's Sunday Telegraph. RT @EverydaySexism: This is 2014 https://t.co/waI2RJUiji via @wvhtlucy
well this is big, brilliant news: new evidence of structural change suggests africa's growth miracle is for real http://t.co/becm3jxuLj
Retweeted by Owen BarderThe UN's data revolution now has a politburo: http://t.co/jQQvZ26NJR Nice to see @rakeshrajani & S. Badiee of @OpenDataWatch included.
Retweeted by Owen BarderNew @ICTDTax government revenue dataset: access to beta version, working papers and launch event info http://t.co/JR2snGXq9r
Retweeted by Owen BarderMonday - our director @kwatkinsodi presents joint think tanks' findings on #EU & #GlobalDev to Euro MPs in #Brussels http://t.co/jXA8Y3fKX9
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If we shy away from sex we're letting young people down. My thoughts are up on @HuffingtonPost http://t.co/YI2Dx08fys @NSPCC @BrookCharity
Retweeted by Owen BarderListen to our latest #podcast on life in #Mali, a year on from presidential elections http://t.co/FXHFJlHiAJ
Retweeted by Owen BarderSo proud of Oxfam's humanitarian heroes helping those caught up in the crises in South Sudan, Syria, Gaza, and wherever they are needed.
Retweeted by Owen BarderA year ago, the UK parliament chose not to intervene in Syria. Here is what I said then: https://t.co/n0C9cJCrMoThe second of two identical databases on the same hard drive is called a "copy" not a "backup". http://t.co/My7VfmPnhb
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