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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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Six decades after its founding, the EU is now one of the world's leading humanitarian donors. 60 years of solidari…
Retweeted by Owen Barder @JemilahMahmood @alexandrasl @megsattler Ugh. We need to get all men (#YesAllMen) to recognise this is not good enough.
How is @dfid_uk doing? Watch out for wide-ranging @commonsidc report on Tuesday.
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@craigvalters @SimonMaxwell001 It is all a bit vague because machinery of government changes are made by crown prerogative. @craigvalters @SimonMaxwell001 But that is sort of a technicality. In real life it is when Short accepted the job (on May 2nd, I think). @craigvalters @SimonMaxwell001 If there is a specific day it would be when the relevant Transfer of Functions Order comes in to force.
Insurance. country has had enough of experts. Looks as if the feeling may be mutual ... #bondawards should be televised. Honestly, these stories deserve to have a wider audience. So proud of working in the #globaldev sector.
Retweeted by Owen BarderThe winner of the Transparency Award at #bondawards is @RestlessDev. Congratulations! Read more:
Retweeted by Owen Barder#bondawards thanks to judges @ClaireCSchouten @FranIndigo @owenbarder & congrats to @RestlessDev for winning inaugu…
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We @ODIdev worked with @DFID_UK on ‘Doing Development Differently’. Paper here: Here’s a quick summary. (1/15)
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It is a good thing these diseases can't spread across state lines. Oh, wait ...
Any good candidates for an Advance Market Commitment? @owenbarder
Retweeted by Owen BarderJoin the conversation on #globaldev's future this Thurs w/ @HelenClarkUNDP & @MasoodCGD in-person & online…
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@joshuahwilliams @fp2p No theft required! "... he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me." - Jefferson @AdamSilow sadly we don't get funding from @DFID_UK @TomOrrell86 You do the politics. I'll do the evidence. @TomOrrell86 (a) the evidence doesn't support that (b) yes, in many cases it does. @TomOrrell86 Aid that is delivered in kind is at least as suceptible to theft and diversion as cash. Electronic payments probably safest.Why not cash? And if not now, when? thank God we didn't go for the one who was ridiculed for the way he ate a bacon sandwich. @AdamSilow Thanks. I keep hoping to find the time to bring it back. Now if you could find me a sponsor to pay for help and my time ....The long run effects of Africa's slave trades (spoiler: roughly explains the economic gap between Africa and Asia) >
Very interesting thread on how women are treated in the workplace compared to men. Dudes: read this. h/t @richmarr @_alice_evans @fp2p are you teasing me? I don't think it is all that special - just a run-of-the-mill powerpoint.This is what street life should look like in the 21st century #Copenhagen pic @cycle_savers
Retweeted by Owen BarderA masterclass from @owenbarder on #CashTransfers and how to use High Level Panels to influence Policy. Today's…
Retweeted by Owen BarderYou don't need to be a voice for the voiceless. Just pass the mic.
Retweeted by Owen Barder @CarterPaddy @WorldBank are these the same NGOs that oppose conditionality?
@adrianlovett Good job. But can we please reserve the word "deliver" for things you can put through a letter box or in a van? @ReesEdward @owenbarder have you read this from my friend @DaniellesCave great read if you haven't
Retweeted by Owen Barder @RupertDarwall Agreed. NICS on capital income would have been my choice.Usually the Conservatives break manifesto promises by putting up indirect taxes. Doing so by putting up direct taxes is relatively unusual. @KateSayer1 I never thought I'd say this, but where is Nigel Lawson when you need him? @KateSayer1 I always thought the (old Liberal Party) policy of site value rating was an attractive alternative to rates and council tax. @nickpdonovan I love the term "unearned income" - it has pleasingly anarchic connotations. @KateSayer1 agreed: self employed should get the same taxpayer-financed benefits as everyone else and pay the same tax/contributions. @carolinefiennes because: capture. @KateSayer1 we should drop fiction of the contributory principle. But even if we don't, no reason that capital income should not contribute.To make national insurance more fair, it should apply to capital income as well as labour income.
Hey fellas! Join me in committing to the @owenbarder common sense pledge not to be a part of men-only panels
Retweeted by Owen BarderI have promised not to serve on men-only panels. via @owenbarder
Retweeted by Owen BarderThis Women's Day, Join me and scores of other men taking @owenbarder's pledge
Retweeted by Owen BarderAll these and 11. Diversity of people 12. Places to run, bike, skate, swim, hike and walk. all #opencontracting innovators & champions: Save the Date, Open Contracting 2017, 28-29 November, Amsterda…
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Retweeted by Owen BarderHad committed to this for a while but finally got round to signing - thanks for sharing 🙏🏼 For those who haven't…
Retweeted by Owen BarderGood on ya Will tradition of having the leader of the opposition respond to the Chancellor's budget statement. It should be the shadow Chancellor. @hselftax do you know, I hesitated about that. Nice spot.Ceci n'est pas une lapin - Spreadsheet Phil's rabbit from a hat is that there is no rabbit.When drought is measurable, and famine predictable, why can't the world do a better job of getting people help befo… @hairyairey @MajorGrubert The UK invented concentration camps in the Boer War.Classy @ONECampaign gave these to @DFID_UK staff arriving at work this morning to thank them for their hard work ge… of us men signed a pledge saying we will not speak on all-male panels. On international women's day, join us? your eve plans for Wed 15 March & instead attend our Experts Vs Politicians event with @jdportes @michaelgove
Retweeted by Owen BarderGood on ya. country ownership.
@emilytroutman Right. We should be able to do traceability. But different users want aid transparency for different reasons: all are valid. @emilytroutman We need a data system that is agnostic about how people will use the data, IMHO.Priti Patel is "stepping up" the UK's global leadership by NOT contributing to the recent #SheDecides effort to cou… @martin_shearman Right. Poor RS went all the way to Brussels to announce again that the UK is hosting a meeting. @martin_shearman @DFID_UK I would be more proud if the UK had stood with other nations in support of #shedecidesMove along, nothing to see here ... is quite a bit more important than the politics that is obsessing us in Europe and the US at the moment. @_alice_evans Tadele Travel are amazing and could fix it all up for you.Fantastic new cycling holidays in Ethiopia. Great country for cycling. Amazing people. Wonderful climate. @nickcran ah: agreed! On the whole, history is better not buried :-) @nickcran I am not sure you do get my point. We have plenty of history to be ashamed of, and which many people try to bury.Thx @CGDev's Anita Käppeli for your blog (in German!) on #Germany's #CDI ranking #ZukunftEZ
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Politicians, economists, & the public debate: I debate @michaelgove on March 15th. Few tickets left here:
Retweeted by Owen BarderEh? You mean apart from Concentration Camps, Amritsar, Kenya, Bengal Famine, Dresden, Suez, Malaya, Ireland, Partit… @aidthoughts @_alice_evans @sjarnvig @MForstater @leecrawfurd how much transitional cost should society accept for long term gains? @_alice_evans I think we agree there is a short term problem; and perhaps we agree there is no long term risk. amirite? @_alice_evans @aidthoughts @leecrawfurd yes, but PLEASE don't forget the transitional (real human) costs that economists often ignore. @_alice_evans but you think that might not happen today? @_alice_evans so would you have been in favour of smashing the looms? @_alice_evans not only is it not impossible, it is inevitable. (but those transitional costs are really, really important)