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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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.@DevCooperation & others at #GPEDC: curious about what are #DevImpactBonds? Check out http://t.co/UCfSe349WP or http://t.co/bMqfUbnZxO
Retweeted by Owen Barder@Thieristan I hope your talk went well! It was good to see you. Owen.@DFID_UK @JustineGreening announces will be bringing together actors to design & develop #devimpactbonds here at #GPEDC
Retweeted by Owen Barder#QTWTAIN @JohnRentoul RT @BBCRadio4: Could the creator of Grand Theft Auto be the modern Charles Dickens? http://t.co/E86DptFWDtNigerian Fin Min Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at #GPHLM: we must address supply and demand side of illicit flows problem
Retweeted by Owen BarderStrong words from @secgen on Need for DRM and need to crack down on illicit financial flows at both source and destination. #GPHLM
Retweeted by Owen BarderUK announces Development Impact Bonds #GPHLM https://t.co/n3zekg7QKZ@JustineGreening None of us can take this agenda forward alone, but we can change the world together #genderequality #GPHLM
Retweeted by Owen BarderWho was it who promised here on twitter to eat their hat if any donor agreed to implement a Development Impact Bond?My take on #GPHLM is that a meeting about everything is a meeting about nothing.@tompaulson oh yes.This article by @l_haddad about the future of UK development policy is the dog's gonads. http://t.co/YI8rQMIvIK@inkapibilova There is a lot of analysis of development impact bonds here: http://t.co/4LmrFS1pbe@inkapibilova We won't know whether or when they are more effective and efficient than traditional aid until they are tried.@inkapibilova No: I'm saying that your assertion that "it does mean that governments pay more" was not correct.@inkapibilova Not so difficult to say: you can price the deals to make the expected cost the same.@inkapibilova no. they would otherwise bear the cost of failed programmes themselves. on average the cost is the same.@inkapibilova Yes: the return for investors is approximately the risk of delivery failure.@inkapibilova why do you say that it means that governments pay more? cc @SolheimDAC @gibbulloch
4/16
2014
Job searching? Apply to be @CGDev's new Program Coordinator for Migration! Details here: http://t.co/oDcKNz3ZC8
Retweeted by Owen BarderThe great @SolheimDAC totally rocking the discussion on partnerships with the private sector at #gphlm@owenbarder reminds us to beware of 'magic bullet' mentality towards innovative finance and warns that any scaling up should organic #GPHLM
Retweeted by Owen Barder.@owenbarder Let's reach scale by demonstrating success & learning what works & grow organically - at Grand Challenges Canada we agree!
Retweeted by Owen BarderIf you want growth, you should not subsidise existing firms. according to this by Acemoglu et al. http://t.co/TZXb66oKuJ@AlyosciaD @theIRC I can't repeat often enough my reminder that my forecasts are lousy. Caveat Emptor.
4/15
2014
@JustinSandefur hah! And lest CGD does work on one of the few things people want to pay us to do ....@JustinSandefur No, I haven't. I really should. But I try to keep out of working on aid ....@AlyosciaD @theIRC Indeed. Don't just listen to them: empower them.Thankyou @theIRC for inviting me to speak today. The collusive humanitarian aid cartel needs significant reform - a job for the 2016 summit?China cancels human rights dialogue with the UK, because we go round, you know, promoting human rights. http://t.co/syZzMorr1e@radharajkotia It was good to meet you today Radha. I am sorry I had to run. Good luck to you and the @theirc
4/14
2014
@florianeisele you are very kind. thank you.I know I shouldn't retweet nice things about me but I am absurdly proud of being praised by Frances Stewart: https://t.co/rxqtLf9J6VOne of the keynote speakers who will grace EADI's General Conference in June 2014 is Dr. Nancy Birdsall, Founding... http://t.co/yABtrtLv1t
Retweeted by Owen BarderTwo of my worlds collide: open data about London bike rentals may infringe the privacy of individual cyclists http://t.co/eNa9KuiNAyThinking about education, complexity and aid in Tanzania - interesting stuff from @IanAttfieldZim - https://t.co/BXtTWJLwnU@BOlawoore thanks. very kind."the Bretton Woods institutions belong to the world. From now on, they must be headed by the best people available." http://t.co/yKfxf4hhVY
4/11
2014
@ScepSec that is a fair pointI got soundly beaten in my debate with @bill_easterly yesterday, according to a comment on my website. http://t.co/TRj3yIpdED@SumanKhadka14 all excellent points. Thanks.Though I am a bit sceptical about Millennium Villages, I do hope I am wrong and @JeffDSachs is right.Impressive performance by @JeffDSachs on @econtalker. Passionate, articulate, persuasive. http://t.co/71YdxHbbjL
4/10
2014
So the pundits said ODA was declining and it wasn't. http://t.co/p5ebA0WgYW (pdf)@jameshaga @roachmary japan 36.6% increaseIPA (@poverty_action) ad on TV in my DC taxi. I sure hope an RCT proves this is $ well spent. http://t.co/dkkBjf7LcP
Retweeted by Owen BarderICYMI- watch the @bill_easterly v. @owenbarder showdown on aid, development, and human rights here: http://t.co/CqrCZ5ZkmC #devaiddebate
Retweeted by Owen BarderAmen RT @opengovpart: "I don't care if governments never produce an app. Just put out the data," says @EllnMllr @SunFoundation@alwalji have you got a link for that?#worldbank data suggests the primary reason projects fail is inadequate engagement w/civil society. Predictable and avoidable #opengovnow
Retweeted by Owen Barder@arathisrao @CGDev thanks. I hope so too. I will be happy to hand the speaker rostrum to one of my colleagues!@arathisrao (I feel a "but..." coming on!@ana_marite good point. I should have said "I am sorry I was not clear". It is sometimes hard to think on your feet.I find little reason to believe that dev experts' praise of autocrats makes any difference at all to the pace of development
Retweeted by Owen Barder@TDAWINS interesting. What is the government now saying?Woah @owenbarder - did you refer to 2006's "Life on Mars" as something "on TV now in the UK". Who's living in the past?! :-)
Retweeted by Owen Barder@SumanKhadka14 I am sorry you felt that way. What would you have liked it to cover?@owenbarder. Technocrats give in too easily. We should change the things we cannot accept. @CGDev
Retweeted by Owen Barder@angelaambroz @bill_easterly @CGDev we will indeed.Looking forward to discussing 'the tyranny of experts' with @bill_easterly here at @CGDev in 15 mins. streamed live: http://t.co/pfwvE7lz1s
4/9
2014
I like this "email charter": http://t.co/Zd8wqC1qTU@owenbarder @OECD As an input 0.7% is only one side of the story, but a proud day nevertheless and not to be taken for granted
Retweeted by Owen BarderI'm debating with @bill_easterly tomorrow whether development experts are part of the problem. Live streamed here: http://t.co/pfwvE7lz1sHas Labour's development spokesperson @jimmurphymp been reading @bill_easterly's new book? http://t.co/rVS5oOs4TfThe G-0.7 now consists of Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and the UK. #GoodCompany http://t.co/p5ebA0WgYWThe Netherlands aid budget in 2013 dropped below 0.7% of GNI for the first time since 1975. http://t.co/p5ebA0WgYWEuropeans breaking their promises on better technology transfer to the developing world, says draft @cgdev report http://t.co/GE04LqjhWdQuiz: The UK increased aid by 28% in 2013, but another G7 country had a larger increase. Which? Answer is here (pdf): http://t.co/p5ebA0WgYWThe UK officially hit the international aid target of 0.7% today. PDF from @oecd http://t.co/p5ebA0WgYW #ProudToBeBritish"Le changement climatique accroît les inégalités" @mediapart , sur 6 pages, revient aujourd'hui sur les conclusions du GIEC.
Retweeted by Owen BarderOver a week after publication my piece on Big Data is still most read in the FT. See what the fuss is about: http://t.co/X9J7L9gA7Z
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4/8
2014
Don't look at this picture. You will have nothing but questions: http://t.co/0a3j4O6uuL
Retweeted by Owen BarderIn which @tomchivers corrects the stupid climate sceptic opinions of his colleague @charlesHmoore http://t.co/SrgHBezNHl
4/7
2014
Great #Migration Debate - with @susiesymes1 @TimAAFinch @cechikezie @owenbarder me, BBC WS In The Balance download @ http://t.co/octLDeR1Ze
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4/6
2014
Big Migration debate 18:30 UK, 17:30 GMT http://t.co/wxP4a8cBVt @susiesymes1 @TimAAFinch @owenbarder + me. Smokin'!
Retweeted by Owen BarderHear @cechikezie and @susiesymes1 make the case for more migration on @bbcworldservice and @timaafinch doubts http://t.co/gSOwNlkxZmYou should listen to @susiesymes1 win the argument in the BBC Great Migration Debate http://t.co/nnFHWRWBDm1. It's not happening. 2. It's happening, but it's natural. 3. It is man-made, but we can deal with it. 4. Why didn't you TELL us?
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4/5
2014
@clairemelamed Not easily. But both content and process have been a disaster. (http://t.co/goi6ow4ycB)@TimAAFinch @IPPR True enough: not identical positions..@owenbarder an economist who can't distinguish between @IPPR & UKIP positions on migration has a truly lamentable grasp of the issues
Retweeted by Owen Barder@aid_leap @alanhudson1 They seem to have moved it. Try this: http://t.co/4OMpYAWWXaDoes innovative finance really bring in new money? You're better off mining bitcoins Blog post by me and @ritaperakis http://t.co/YmFEuHpJfABarder's first rule of innovative finance: "Innovative finance schemes are most likely to fail if the main aim is to bring in more money"@owenbarder So depressing that #GPEDC co-chairs are painting "strong commitment to improve development co-operation" as progress on #Busan
Retweeted by Owen BarderAt yesterday's World Service debate on immigration, @IPPR and UKIP made strange bedfellows. Bring back @sarahmulley!The #socialprogress index methodology is here: http://t.co/qsuzH7JuOX
Retweeted by Owen Barder@alanhudson1 http://t.co/KQn4yNEu00@jonnytench I'm going nonetheless. #ZombieProcessThe Global Monitoring Report published today is effectively the suicide note of the Global Partnership for Effective Development CooperationThe World Bank blogs are head and shoulders better than any other aid agency. This, for example, on opportunity cost. http://t.co/ncik091DntThis Sahara Dust is getting all over my laptop. #FirstWorldProblems
4/4
2014
@reclaimeducatio with a reserve and in a liquid market, I might, yes. You?My idiot question about flotations (eg Royal Mail): why aren't the shares auctioned so the market sets the price?@susiesymes1 @ChathamHouse I am here to support you! It is the other guys who should be nervous.@MrsFairtrade I'm keen on avoiding specifying how an impact should be achieved.@MrsFairtrade Why does an AMC need to specify a particular solution?@MrsFairtrade isn't that what an AMC is?@MrsFairtrade If they are not going to buy the vaccine, then some other demand is needed. That is what a pull mechanism (eg a bounty) is.@MrsFairtrade no malaria vaccine because those who would benefit are too poor to buy it if it were developed.
4/3
2014
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