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Owen Barder @owenbarder Somewhere in Europe, mostly

Senior Fellow at @CGDev. Visiting Prof at LSE. Ex No.10, Treasury & DFID. Likes: economics, science, evidence, running. Dislikes: poverty, injustice, sexism.

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Join us @ #FFD3 in #Addis for the best ideas to finance #development, co-hosted by @SavetheChildren & @NewAmerica http://t.co/EUweUX42Bc
Retweeted by Owen Barder@ArmadaSteve I make it 26.
7/4
2015
Julia Bunting @Pop_Council on why we need to better research why girls drop out of school http://t.co/ipB8sV52l1 #gdnwomensrights #globaldev
Retweeted by Owen BarderFantastic blog post @cgdev: Latest/best educ research & policy ideas for reform school systems in developing world: http://t.co/R1Ou7s79xJ
Retweeted by Owen BarderMT @PracticalAction: Very interesting paper on tech for development from @CGDev http://t.co/j5TFtAFGRg
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7/3
2015
@MJerven I am really enjoying your new book. Well done, it's great to read!
Retweeted by Owen BarderImpressive speech from @JustineGreening, and striking grasp of issues and facts in questions #UKAid #UKBeyondAid.@justinegreening: Cross-Whitehall working will grow. DFID will be at the forefront of shaping our Government’s ‘beyond aid’ agenda #UKaid
Retweeted by Owen Barder"This year we'll be ramping up our work on girls and women in every area." Says @JustineGreening #UKAid #UKBeyondAidJustine Greening reaffirms her three priorities: economic development, women and girls, and humanitarian relief. Linked by opportunity.Listening to @JustineGreening talking now about @DFID_UK makes me realise how proud I am, as a UK citizen, of #UKAid..@JustineGreening makes an important point that aid is vital but it must be in tandem with supporting strong job creation @DFID_UK #ukaid
Retweeted by Owen Barder"We all need to embrace the 'beyond aid' agenda" says @JustineGreening #ukaid #UKBeyondAidIs it helpful to gloss over the fact that demand for migration is likely to increase as populations become richer? #ukaid"people are not willing to accept a life sentence of poverty" say @JustineGreening #ukaid #UKBeyondAidWatch @JustineGreening live now at @ODIdev #ukaid #UKBeyondAid http://t.co/Dobd1addz4In 1 hour: tune in at 6pm BST to hear @JustineGreening outline @DFID_UK priorities for 2015 & beyond http://t.co/Ahe6evxcma #ukaid @ODIdev
Retweeted by Owen BarderNGOs turn up in force to hear @JustineGreening talk about, er, funding of NGOs. #UKAid #UKBeyondAid http://t.co/yIva0ZCejU@TimBrewer1 @bondngo Right. I thought the demise of the Paris Survey was probably a bad sign ...@TimBrewer1 I don't think "harmonization" is doing too well - do you? @bondngoI see @bondngo is calling for finance for development to respect the Paris principles. Are they still a thing? http://t.co/4xFEFvMy13Join us @ #FFD3 in #Addis for the best ideas to finance #development! Co-hosted by @SavetheChildren & @NewAmerica http://t.co/EUweUX42Bc
Retweeted by Owen BarderThe multilateral development banks launch a Fin4Dev blog http://t.co/txI618iYY0When I first joined @CGDev I didn't expect the US to have a black President, gay marriage and universal health care. http://t.co/zO4kyeoo3a@owenbarder Oh, Owen—diversity simply undermines "mutual regard". Just ask any male, white Oxford professor, he'll explain. «Cough»
Retweeted by Owen BarderHow is it possible, in the 21st Century, that the House of Commons committee on culture is all male and all white? http://t.co/N7TUtXSxHM@ObuyaGeoffrey http://t.co/4YN1Il1UGx@jillongovt So where does this take the tally of women permanent secretaries?@MattEckel @whinecough Indeed. Long term reforms may only be possible if the government is allowed to spend-to-save (ie buy out the losers).@jillongovt I wouldn't have put money on @foreignoffice appointing the next female perm sec, but perhaps you know something I don't?On Greece, I think we should distinguish long term structural reform (needed) from short term austerity (not needed).@MsPerson Lots of blame to go round here.Not a good look, Europe. http://t.co/Y7VSU7gishI make that one fewer women permanent secretaries in the UK Government. :-( http://t.co/qEaarhj2RiTune in at 6pm to hear @JustineGreening outline @DFID_UK priorities for 2015 & beyond http://t.co/yBYxwgXvRD #ukaid http://t.co/2p1R3NjJFT
Retweeted by Owen Barder@compleatang Thanks - very kind.Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar, and Tajikistan have been "promoted" to middle income. Now only 31 low income countries. http://t.co/0Az7tyLjvD@fatwheezybloke because we've moved to higher value activities. Same reason that we don't do much agriculture any more.@fatwheezybloke things are going to be a lot tougher if we don't cut emissions. Actually not especially hard or expensive to do.@fatwheezybloke @jdportes we estimate that decarbonisation would be 6x more expensive in 2050 without emissions trading than with.@LonerganRoy sadly Smith failed to kill it completely. The zombie idea still haunts us ....@fatwheezybloke @jdportes my guess is scientific uncertainty about effect of emissions on climate is bigger than uncertainty re population.@fatwheezybloke indeed. The total cost of carbon pricing does affect that much (roughly 1% of GDP).@fatwheezybloke @jdportes I mean that we don't need to know how many people there will be to know how much we can afford to emit in total.@fatwheezybloke @jdportes the target stock of emissions is independent of the population among whom they are distributed.@fatwheezybloke i agree that families everywhere need access to family planning so that they can have the family size they choose.@fatwheezybloke @jdportes please do ...@fatwheezybloke @jdportes fair play. Thanks.@fatwheezybloke that is a sentence calling for accurate pricing of environmental assets, not a call for tax-and-redistribution @jdportes@fatwheezybloke @owenbarder I would advise reading Owen's article before tweeting. You just made yourself look rather stupid I'm afraid.
Retweeted by Owen BarderMigration into Europe: A Problem with No Solution by @BrankoMilan Self recommending. http://t.co/sCBgLRtcc0Kind of love this exchange between @fp2p and @owenbarder on #politics http://t.co/cT8E5urPPO
Retweeted by Owen BarderImagine what a mess Greece would have made of these negotiations if Varoufakis HADN'T studied game theory.
Retweeted by Owen Barder.@nancymbirdsall: It's time for the @WorldBank to adjust its focus for the 21st century http://t.co/5QUyXHVbT3 @ProSyn
Retweeted by Owen BarderAs of today Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar, and Tajikistan are officially no longer poor countries. #couldhavefooledme https://t.co/IUWx1lgZJ0
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7/2
2015
@fp2p ToC helps us assess not just ‘what' but ‘how’ UK aid is contributing. Are ToC all they are cracked up to be? We shall see.
Retweeted by Owen BarderExciting progress on wiping out neglected tropical diseases. New report! https://t.co/8csX8PFXsQ #globalcitizen
Retweeted by Owen BarderSummer reading, http://t.co/N4l3wmrycM featuring @M_clem @mfbellemare @RachelStrohm @owenbarder (and a moose)
Retweeted by Owen BarderHalf of US development assistance is invisible ... New report from @aidtransparency http://t.co/drj717tvEVTech devlpment hindered by what is invented not just how it spreads. Fascinating paper by @charlesjkenny @owenbarder http://t.co/rN7HiI9E7t
Retweeted by Owen Barder@fp2p it isn't? damn.@fp2p Hah! Busted. I plead guilty to believing in sensible policies that make society a better place for poor people. ...Good test for ppl who still see politics as simple Left v Right - from this list, where wd you place @owenbarder?! https://t.co/cdHOq1c4uU
Retweeted by Owen BarderIf you want to unlock more resources for international development, here is where the treasure is buried: http://t.co/zO4kyeoo3a@nancymbirdsall Hah! "Gets stuck in" means rolls up sleeves and joins the fight ... cc @fp2pMike Wooldridge, who left the BBC yesterday, is one of the great foreign correspondents. Very sorry to see him go. https://t.co/ylIlgWRUPeWhat @nancymbirdsall wants from Addis: http://t.co/g3c2voP5Pr and what I want from Addis: http://t.co/zO4kyeoo3a #FFD
7/1
2015
Picking up the dollars from the pavement: what I'd like to see from Addis http://t.co/zO4kye6MEAContinuing our #agile week, Jamie Arnold (@itsallgonewrong) explains agile service delivery: https://t.co/b9pv85et4Z http://t.co/2cenaHyT9E
Retweeted by Owen BarderVery nice post on why development policy needs to understand complexity and what we (who?) can do http://t.co/yqnf6ODxVMInequality is bad, but so is that IMF study. http://t.co/a61YWebneu In which @NicVdSijpe goes all @davidroodman on @aidthoughts' blog.
Retweeted by Owen Barder@stevept often is. Not today - that was worse. I guess the cost of extra gates would be justified by time savings in a single day.45 minute queue to use one of 5 passport Gates at LHR T3. Why aren't there more? Do they push up the electricity bill? #firstworldproblemsAt Heathrow. Only 5 automatic passport readers. Now takes longer for UK citizen to return home than to enter US as a foreigner.
6/30
2015
Thrilled to be back in Washington, DC to present the findings of the 2015 U.S. @aidtransparency review. Come along! http://t.co/ruRkBulJiV
Retweeted by Owen BarderListen to @MJerven in excellent episode of @owenbarder's #DevelopmentDrums. He has an essay in July @NewAfricanMag http://t.co/CC8pMnfSpU
Retweeted by Owen BarderHow did economists miss decades of growth in #Africa? I discuss my book (http://t.co/wdunQcN0vo ) with @owenbarder http://t.co/rPlxQz29c8
Retweeted by Owen BarderFantastic appointment of @ValerieAmos as new #SOAS Director. Brings breadth of experience and shared values with SOAS community.
Retweeted by Owen Barder@AliHaynes7 Thank you: very grateful for the positive feedback.Listen up Addis #FFD: Tech Transfer stupid; Tech creation, sharing and flow better. Smart post & paper from @owenbarder & @charlesjkenny
Retweeted by Owen BarderHigh Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers feat. @owenbarder @cblatts http://t.co/1KEah8UT0E
Retweeted by Owen BarderEverything you need to know about why aid doesn't work, in 1 paragraph https://t.co/63FjPsB5OT http://t.co/pELpGfswsb
Retweeted by Owen BarderAs someone chairing a panel of experts (on the use of cash in humanitarian disasters) this feels close to the knuckle http://t.co/esro2lYf5b@DrumJamie That @guardian headline makes no sense. GDP is a flow. Central banks cannot "hold" a third of it.Great discussion between @elittlefield & @rajeshmirchand about changing nature of development finance & role of OPIC https://t.co/4tNdcyNZxX
6/29
2015
Hopes rise for #malaria vaccine as oil companies fund trials in #EquatorialGuinea http://t.co/HUhm0dje7R via @FT #globalhealth
Retweeted by Owen Barder@leighhmitchell They got filtered out as spam (the alogorithm looks for lots of links, inter alia). I've unspammed it now. Thanks.This @ForeignAffairs article by @DMiliband and @rgurumurthy about humanitarianism is absolutely terrific https://t.co/bDlkVmsvy6@MrTomBaker Thanks Tom. I wasn't aware of it. Could you get the ball rolling by adding this to the comments on the glob post? cc @NEFWhy podcasts are popular again - & which development & economics podcasts are you listening to?http://t.co/GMONHiT3k7 http://t.co/jOsEzDtfST"the hacker elite are young, naive, and arrogant enough to believe they can solve the world's problems" @WSJ http://t.co/PX3f4zc2UI
Retweeted by Owen Barder@ChrisProttas I agree that people respond to incentives, natch. But we maximise complex welfare functions, including big doses of altruism@ChrisProttas It might be partly true in the most dehumanised, disempowered, managerialist bureaucracies and corporations.@ChrisProttas I wish more people read Titmuss. (Richard, not Abi.) http://t.co/tQReYnx4hm@AlwaysaGoodday1 Yeah, but 87% of the numbers you hear on twitter are made up. @costrikeI'm fed up with people saying that if we don't measure things we don't do them. It just isn't true for almost all the good things in life.If we want to bring down maternal mortality then women need access to safe abortion as well as contraception: https://t.co/wW1gvXmmbB
6/28
2015
I learned today that Denmark is today’s number one supplier of high tech services to China’s green economy. http://t.co/kc3XYiipt5This is quite interesting: the development industry should be more willing to talk about corruption. http://t.co/r1pqGmR9EfPodcasts are 'back' - so what are you listening to? http://t.co/GMONHiT3k7 http://t.co/9EGvuqOKtB
6/27
2015
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