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Owen Barder @owenbarder Somewhere in Europe, mostly

Vice President & Europe Director @CGDev. Visiting Prof at LSE. Ex No.10, Treasury & DFID. Likes economics, evidence, ending poverty. Dislikes sexism, religion.

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@owenbarder #syria is an active war zone where food is not available or too expensive. @WFP is helping people to survive.This is the reality
Retweeted by Owen BarderI bet there's a club for people who understand this three stage reference test.
Retweeted by Owen Barder @corinnewoods I thought it was very interesting (and alarming for the people living there). And the analysis of food aid? @corinnewoods thanks. will you share WFP's analysis of the effects of delivering food aid?Me too. let's face it, international donors for narrow specific problems can be a barrier to broader systems solutions #Wired4Impact
Retweeted by Owen BarderJust what we need : another input target. :-( But good on @theIRC for pushing ahead with cash transfers. must turn pledges to action by listening to @UN investing in prevention, taking action early and building peaceful societies #UKatWHS
Retweeted by Owen BarderThis is right. read the news today, oh boy. Britain is turning into Lilliput, while the USA is turning in to the Weimar Republic. @fp2p @AngeelinaJolie @kwatkinsodi @IanOxfam right. As Shania Twain said, Brad Pitt don't impress me much ...Entirely understandable that @AngeelinaJolie shd seek glamorous company such as @owenbarder @kwatkinsodi etc...
Retweeted by Owen BarderNew @DFID_UK funded systematic review on benefits of humanitarian cash transfers @UNZimbabwe @WorldVisionZim #WHS
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7 types of air-dropped + ground-fired cluster munitions from Brazil, UK, US used in #Yemen in past year #SaudiArabia
Retweeted by Owen Barder*Finally* someone with real #globaldev knowledge joins the likes of @owenbarder or @fp2p at LSE :)
Retweeted by Owen Barder @kenn_crossley @BenParker140 @wfp Cool. Ben's maths sounds right, doesn't it? @kenn_crossley @BenParker140 Great - thanks for that. And the cash is 10.6% of WFP programming (minus Syria)?I might spend a bit more time at the LSE where I too am a Visiting Professor @GrantBrooke extraordinary that we haven't settled on a smartphone standard to replace them.#GrandBargain commits orgs to publish #data to #IATI within 2 yrs of #WHSummit - great news! #WHStransparency #IATI
Retweeted by Owen Barder @FrazerGoodwin @ODIdev We agree on the objective Frazer. The question is whether this is a good way of getting there. @kenn_crossley @BenParker140 @WFP is the 41% which is cash unrestricted, unconditional cash? Or are there strings attached?Please no more global funds. When will we ever learn? humanitarian aid. Still the bulk of what we do. We must move humanitarian aid into the 21st Century. @MilanV the best predictor of promotion (nb not the same thing as quality!) was the "dominos" intelligence test; oral interview was worst.but missing the main point of the summit which is to reform the system to do better @MilanV I'm pretty sure there used to be figures showing negative correlation in UK civil service between interview and subsequent grade. @BenParker140 Does't sound so impressive now. Still, better than nowt. WFP is of course labouring under congressional mandates ...Humanitarian cash-based programmes should become...normal way of doing business; Jenkins @WorldVision #ShareHumanity
Retweeted by Owen Barder @KevinSavage11 @joanna_macrae The delivery agencies will follow the money. The donors need to step up. (not just one: US, EC, UK, SWE, D) @emilytroutman It reminds me of tobacco companies who used to claim the jury is out on the link between smoking and cancer ...I have promised not to serve on men-only panels. via @owenbarder
Retweeted by Owen Barder @RichardTol :-) me neither ...Very little of that is unconditional cash. Mainly vouchers tied to food. Dyer intervention at #CashRev meeting makes me proud to be BritishAll of the #cashpanel recommendations outlined by @owenbarder can be found here: #CashRev #ReshapeAid #humanitarian
Retweeted by Owen Barder#CashRev. Subversive talk from #WFP about cash only working when markets can bear extra demand. Who decides? #WHSummit
Retweeted by Owen Barder#sharehumanity #cashrev many reservations raised about cash dangerously assume we know better than affected people themselves what they need
Retweeted by Owen BarderCash shifts power to the affected population says @manuelbessler. Quite right. #CashRevInteresting "benefit" of card based cash from WFP You can track people & their choices. Could be good or dangerous. #cashrev #shiftthepower
Retweeted by Owen BarderErtharin Cousin says there is a limited amount of evidence. Actually huge amount of evidence for benefits of cash. #CashRevErtharin Cousin says she wants to dispel myth that @WFP opposes cash. Then goes on to reinforce it. #CashRevGreat Lebanon cash consortium video at #CashRev side event. It made me cry.
Retweeted by Owen BarderGreat turnout for discussion of cash transfers in humanitarian aid. #CashRev the view from the end of the panel... and informative video about the difference it makes giving cash to refugees at #CashRev eventHappening now! Follow the #CashRev Side Event:
Retweeted by Owen BarderStarting the #CashRev event with a film about how #cashtransfers helped one Syrian family survive #ShareHumanity
Retweeted by Owen BarderProud to be associated with this movement. @tobyhporter Have you read the "Grand Bargain"? @tobyhporter I predict the only things that will be agreed are that we need more money and another conference in a convivial location.Taking a stand against dude fests @jdportes Presumably it uses the standard assumption of "no change in policy" . The question is what that policy is assumed to be ... @emilytroutman I think it means they invited more speakers than they needed and were too embarrassed to uninvite me. @emilytroutman I am indeed. I think I'm a respondent. Not sure what that means .... And then the insurance event at 1pm. @emilytroutman absolutely. (Well, I'm currently just outside, but I'll be in the building shortly). You? @tobyhporter Ah. I'm an economist first and a humanitarian second ... :-( @tobyhporter hah. Surely you jest?The appointment of Stephen O'Brien as UN chief of humanitarian affairs is a symbol of most of what's wrong with the humanitarian system.This is the best World Humanitarian Summit yet. #WHS #SharedHumanity
@TonyE_42 or if the political situation in Turkey improves sufficiently.l? And if it does, we should welcome them.Join the cash revolution in humanitarian aid. Because it is 2016. you are #WHS you might want to read this #sharehumanity'd like to see analysis "The intervention would not work in other districts because of inadequate food supplies." you're at the World Humanitarian Summit & you want to know how to switch to cash, come to our side event at 11am“Refugees, Displacement, and Development: What Should the World Do?” - #Podcast with @DMiliband & @JimKim_WBG:
Retweeted by Owen BarderAnd, um, don't tweet Sunday mornings.
Retweeted by Owen Barder @nikolaihe @NoAllWhitePanel @RORGsamarbeidet @Civita_ I suggest you recommend some women who they can invite to take your place.What companies still don't understand about #millennials
Retweeted by Owen Barder @cashley122 @ActionOnHearing Where's Richard?Follow live @WHSummit starting tomorrow in #Istanbul @USAID @eu_echo @DFID_UK @europeaid @UN
Retweeted by Owen Barder @owenbarder it would have been good for the EU and everyone if Turkey had been given a concrete timeline to join by today, 10 years ago.
Retweeted by Owen BarderI'm more angry at the assumption that it would be bad for the EU if Turkey joined than I am by Penny Mordaunt's ignorance and lies. #marr @BenParker140 I believe Angela Merkel is the only G-7 head of government or head of state to attend. @AnupKaphle Of course, they are not mutually exclusive.Is this an indication other G7 leaders are not interested in humanitarian system, or the irrelevance of the summit? the benefits of digital cash based humanitarian aid, by Paul Musser of @MasterCard #WHS defense of Danish policy - interesting article @ForeignPolicy about Danish refugee policy
Retweeted by Owen BarderPhew. We can go on eating quinoa. zero of #WHSummit. Feeling optimistic that it will deliver some progress.
Retweeted by Owen BarderThe UK announced that its public contracts will be “open by default.” That’s a big win, says @charlesjkenny:
Retweeted by Owen BarderWorld Bank launches pandemic risk insurance market: via @FT
Retweeted by Owen BarderAs @UNDP & @WorldBank insurance forum grows, new report stresses key role: #sharehumanity
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"It's not how I'd have done it" - Translation: What the hell have you done?
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Wondering if @gatesfoundation can prove these donations are additional - that's what donors would demand of grantees this supposed to be a promise or a threat? idea. @john_h_norris @toddjmoss Fair point. The Grand Bargain seems to be a complete damp squib. @_alice_evans Hah. I am shocked that @SadiqKhan hasn't pulled the rug out from under this. @toddjmoss @john_h_norris I cannot understand why governments have allowed the UN to take charge of reforming themselves.In other news, turkeys have given a lukewarm reception to the forthcoming festive season. @MichaelKleinman Nice piece. Very in line with why I work at @CGDev rather than an NGO!Attending @WHSummit? Check out the forecast-based insurance event, featuring @owenbarder and my boss @GP_Skees!
Retweeted by Owen BarderBrilliant read from @MichaelKleinman work with @vijramachandran and me at @CGDev !
Retweeted by Owen BarderCome to the cash transfers event at the World Humanitarian Summit on Monday. the humanitarian finance gap - #WHS event, with Gerd Müller & @Baroness_Verma, @WFPErtharin and others are a lifeline for this Syrian family in #Lebanon. Video premiere at #CashRev @WHSummit side event
Retweeted by Owen BarderTo be honest, it was hard to imagine the FCO going in the other direction ... @AJPhillipson perk? I regarded it as a tax.