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Owen Barder @owenbarder Proud global citizen.

Vice President & Europe Director @CGDev. Visiting Prof at LSE. Ex No.10, Treasury & DFID. Likes economics, evidence, ending poverty, feminism, triathlon, tech.

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Not sure what to say about international development in your election manifesto? Here are some ideas you can lift:
We are going to miss the free press when its gone. could have known it was going to be as complicated as this.'s economic empowerment means access to family planning too, says @glassmanamanda pace Jim Kim and Ivanka Trump sweatshops lift workers out of poverty? The answer might surprise you. By @cblatts and Stefan Dercon @RupertSimons @indigotrust @_karin_c @romilly_odi @mysociety @helen_access @martintisne @andrew_c_clarke anyone interested in how UK policies can help poor countries, this is brilliant @CGDev @owenbarder @SDoughtyMP
Retweeted by Owen BarderConclusion of gr8 @noralustig presentation today: in practice, domestic resource mobilization in poor countries increases # of poor people
Retweeted by Owen Barder @martaforesti @craigvalters @ODIdev @alexander_betts @heavencrawley @sayrenyce This seems to be a #QTWTAIN...#Refugees:are #jobs the answer?Unmissable @odidev debate with @alexander_betts @heavencrawley @sayrenyce, M. Luthria
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The humanitarian aid system is not fit for purpose. @JeremyKonyndyk: "Cash is one of the most powerful ways to ensure a population can address needs based on their lived experience" #CSISLive
Retweeted by Owen BarderBrilliant ideas for what a coherent and progressive development policy would look like.
Retweeted by Owen BarderOur proposal for this is here: @WorldBasicIncom also +all+ aid to be benchmarked against cash transfers. @WorldBasicIncom I think recommendation 5 in the second batch encourages a focus on the poorest? @owenbarder @guy_levin @DFID_UK @patel4witham Reforms 2-5 make a lot of sense, esp. @DFID_UK x-Gov role. NIDE to re…
Retweeted by Owen Barder @iancdavieseval I'm a proud member of the "rigorous impact evaluation" lobby :-)Peter Lilley has promoted principled, humane and well-informed ideas about international development. Sorry to see… @guy_levin @DFID_UK @patel4witham Thanks Guy! I hope you are well.If you are writing the international development part of your party's manifesto please feel free to plagiarize this:"Saving lives and reducing suffering is the right thing to do" says @owenbarder --> #wednesdaywisdom
Retweeted by Owen Barder @dinapomeranz That's why CDC - which began life as the Office of Malaria Control in War Areas - is based in Atlanta…
@_alice_evans @EconMitch @leecrawfurd @CGDev Right. But they would have to take the political heat for bypassing th… @paulwafer Please add your best ideas on building state capability in the comments! @_alice_evans @leecrawfurd @CGDev @EconMitch I don't get out much ... @_alice_evans @EconMitch @leecrawfurd @CGDev Right. The cancer drugs fund was set up because NICE was doing a good… @EconMitch @_alice_evans @leecrawfurd @CGDev Indeed. And lots of medical professionals were horrified by having NIC… @_alice_evans @leecrawfurd @CGDev @EconMitch I hope you'll comment on the blog post, about things you like and don'… @_alice_evans @leecrawfurd @CGDev @EconMitch yeah yeah. All second order ... :-) @_alice_evans @CGDev @EconMitch We could (and should) get it. @leecrawfurd @_alice_evans @CGDev @EconMitch Well only for things that are demonstrably good somewhere/somehow. Wou… @_alice_evans @CGDev @EconMitch Right. Choice of objectives is a political / values judgement, not a technical one for NIDE. @leecrawfurd @_alice_evans @CGDev @EconMitch NIDE would say that contract teachers managed by NGOs are a proven intervention ... @_alice_evans @CGDev @EconMitch for a start I'd like them to assess whether cash transfers would achieve the same apples/oranges cheaper.At last a policy I can get behind ... @_alice_evans @CGDev @EconMitch yeah, our bad. That's not very clear. @_alice_evans @CGDev @EconMitch Right. Sorry that wasn't clear. That is what "intervention" (as opposed to project… @_alice_evans @CGDev @EconMitch So for example: NIDE would be unlikely, on current evidence, to say that investing… @_alice_evans @CGDev @EconMitch NIDE approval, like NICE, would be necessary but not sufficient. Like NICe, they wo… @_alice_evans @CGDev @EconMitch Right - but you still wouldn't prescribe a NICE-approved drug if it wasn't right for the circumstances. @_alice_evans @CGDev @EconMitch Right: they don't approve individual applications. They approve interventions (drug… @_alice_evans @CGDev @EconMitch clearly QALYs from a drug do vary by context.19 proposals on international development for UK political parties to put into their manifesto ... @Doylebytes @TheEconomist Did you know that CDC (the Center for Disease Control, not our one) began as the "Office… @_alice_evans @CGDev @EconMitch oh research > cash transfers no problem! @_alice_evans @CGDev @EconMitch Shush! Don't scare them .... @charlesjkenny You saw that we suggest that ALL bilateral aid should be shown to benefit women and girls? @alanhudson1 @CGDev I imagine that political parties will choose selectively from this menu. CGD is of course non-partisan .... @paulclist I will live with 'mostly great'! @_alice_evans Yes. Good point well made.I can get behind this from @econmitch and @owenbarder @cgdev look out for @aidtransparency suggestions tomorrow
Retweeted by Owen BarderIf you are writing the develoment section of a party manifesto, please feel free to copy and paste from this @iaincampbell07 Hasn't changed for the UK (yet?). Has for flights from some other countries.Like Carlsberg, CGD doesn't write election manifestos. But if we did, it would be the best in the world. Probably... @iaincampbell07 cameras aren't allowed either.US is considering banning laptops and tablets on flights from the UK, according to this. have promised not to serve on men-only panels. via @owenbarder
Retweeted by Owen Barder @ronanlyons @Michelle_Kooy Nor me. I would want a non token female expert on the panel. The no all male panel pledg… 0.7% spending target for aid is good, says @owenbarder, "sometimes an arbitrary target is better than no target"
Retweeted by Owen BarderGuess they havent taken the no-all male panel pledge yet...@owenbarder
Retweeted by Owen BarderHere's my @Portland blog:
Retweeted by Owen BarderI have promised not to serve on men-only panels. via @owenbarder
Retweeted by Owen BarderRead this excellent thread from my esteemed colleague @JeremyKonyndyk on President Trump's draft aid budget.
@Mike_amanpene Yes, agreed. I think non-aid policies more important for development (I don't rule out that aid might help at the margin). @Mike_amanpene I actually don't think aid does much for development: I think aid is best at improving welfare while… you #HeForShe? Join millions of others and make the HeForShe commitment at
Retweeted by Owen Barder @Mike_amanpene Do we know it failed? Things might have been worse without it? I agree it didn't bring about development, of course. @Mike_amanpene I don't think anyone thinks aid is either necessary or sufficient for development. But aid can help… @owenbarder piece on UK 0.7 decision on aid: 'sometimes an arbitrary target is better than no target'.
Retweeted by Owen BarderGreat blog on better public engagement on aid @fp2p. AidChoice from @owenbarder @CDR_dev also very interesting. DG
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@TimUnwin If arrogance were a bar to high office.... Well, some of my best friends, er...What policy changes could lead to meaningful change for refugees displaced by conflict? New report with @CGDev:…
Retweeted by Owen Barder... et Vive l'Europe!
Retweeted by Owen Barder @NoelRock Indeed. Sadly I'm not always as good a forecaster as that!This tweet is ageing well. It looks as if the French electorate may choose a passionate moderate, rejecting populis… experts have a bold idea to plan for smarter disaster response saving lives, money & time. Watch to learn more:
Retweeted by Owen Barder @al29003 @MaxCRoser Thanks. The word "before" is doing a lot of work in this thought. No reason whatsoever why we c… much ❤️for everybody doing #LondonMarathon for an international cause today. We don't pass by on the other side. 🇬🇧💪🏾🏃🏽‍♀️#BiggerBritian
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