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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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@benphillips76 that's beneath you.@drlangtry_girl Robert Chote's main achievement in life is getting her to marry him IMO.
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@PeteVowles You should do the agile training we've been doing in BSD. Much application beyond digital. Much better at recognising reality.
Retweeted by Owen BarderOn Jan 26, join CGD in London & @cblatts for a Sandwich Seminar titled: More Sweatshops For #Africa? Register here: http://t.co/EYtPWEtAil
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@ianbirrell you know the money doesn't actually go into their pockets, right? cc @fp2pNew post: What are the links between authoritarianism, democracy and development? Magisterial (and short) new overvie http://t.co/6fwZRLI2Bs
Retweeted by Owen BarderSustainable development goals: eight ways to make reality match ambition | Alex Evans http://t.co/cL5BPu49Ii
Retweeted by Owen Barder"Complexity & the failure of quantitative soc. science" Interesting read, tho I'm more sceptical of ABM http://t.co/CGhSfB38kc H/t @aewooden
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UK publishes #anticorruption plan. UK Ambassador video: @OECD's essential role http://t.co/O8KldyoXWfhttp://t.co/qfY5jl34Y2 @OECD_BizFin
Retweeted by Owen BarderHow migration is development's biggest good news story http://t.co/EJ7DT11yLVKudos to @OneAcreFund for posting #failures + lessons learned jn new insights library http://t.co/JLXGZWBeJf Brave move I hope others follow
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"Women don’t lease their bodies from the state or church. They own them.” RIP Tim Black, founder of @MarieStopes http://t.co/NxeKQc3Wsl@rajshah took on a tough job, brought vision, energy and commitment, left @USAID better, stronger and ready for the future. Thank you!
Retweeted by Owen Barder@wjl2133 @davidroodman the new version uses ODA for aid volume and QuODA for bilateral and multilateral aid effectiveness. Paper soon.@wjl2133 indeed. the CDI 2014 pages should go live later today@wjl2133 We don't - we've changed the methodology for the aid component this year.If UK aid is untied, why do more than 90% of @DFID_UK central contracts go to UK organisations, asks the @OECDdev http://t.co/F4G1CFg3U0Raj Shah leaves @USAID http://t.co/A8abHCNzZS He will be missed@owenbarder: if rhetoric would feed the poor we would be there already -Get out of the development bubble -take action #post2015 #dkaid #SDG
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@YohannaLoucheur also welcome energy behind more ODA going to LDCs (though weasel words on target)@YohannaLoucheur Generally good: counting only the grant element; using lower discount rate; commitment not to double count debt relief.Congratulations to @DFID_Mark who brokered today's agreement to update the definition of ODA.New boss, old boss http://t.co/YyXMlaWNUn
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At #healthsystems 4 #Ebola mtng last wk #Canada & #Liberia both assured aid will be transparent, as per @IATI_aid http://t.co/oPOjdftOm7
Retweeted by Owen BarderGood on ya, Australians, for your characteristically warm hearted and open response. The #illridewithyou hashtag rocks.Delegates arrive for DAC High Level meeting today. @Devinitorg advice us to focus resources on world´s poorest 20%: http://t.co/B3FGA0HWQM
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Alison Evans confirmed as the new head of @icai_uk. If anyone can fix its problems, she can. http://t.co/Jt3IvSEs5uinsightful podcast from @owenbarder on the #datarevolution . Are statisticians "doing the work of saints behind the scenes"?
Retweeted by Owen BarderDrug-resistant infections will kill more people than cancer by 2050 http://t.co/Vqf6WC6eiG http://t.co/hUxwcWLM0V
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Clive James in a 1987 edition of The Face. "They've been out working all day to create the society that supports me." http://t.co/2VBWmxFyeo
Retweeted by Owen BarderEvery time you cite a paper w/o reading it, b/c someone else cited it, a science fairy dies. http://t.co/iXWRUDaMj0 http://t.co/TNTvMq9zH8
Retweeted by Owen BarderDavid Miliband on how the IRC is making the world a better place. Read and donate to a great cause. http://t.co/7JrI5TqeFZ
Retweeted by Owen Barder'I'm not so proud to be British now." No wonder - another family broken up by vile & discriminatory immigration rules http://t.co/4rq1Hdmc88
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@april_harding not like this.@ReesEdward We did. Does this whet your appetite for your hat? http://t.co/j7YRx9re5gRT @EIAJournal: NEW! @CGDev's @nancymbirdsall on Piketty's "#Capital in the 21st Century" and the developing world: http://t.co/wirXHFXUrF
Retweeted by Owen BarderThe US risks losing its influence at the IMF after failing to pass reforms, warns Christine Lagarde http://t.co/iQt2w4peKiSeeking a new Executive Director for Open Knowledge http://t.co/40cbhvpITRGood to hear Jacob Rees Mogg unambiguously rejecting torture on #BBCAQ.Been listening to @ChathamRob talking sense, as ever,about the environmental damage of eating meat on the @bbcworldservice@geoplace @owenbarder I'm in the WEF community on Data Driven Development (BT supporting); http://t.co/aO1nLBAOua for more info
Retweeted by Owen BarderThe London Tube compensates you for delays. Can this be a model for investor guarantees? My new blog post. http://t.co/FDKbe8XLgS
Retweeted by Owen BarderBig data can improve the lives of people in the developing world, says BT' s @sgt101 http://t.co/UEkXPaCAiKWhat we can learn from service guarantees on the London Tube. Featuring my colleague Jenny Kendra. http://t.co/FDKbe8XLgS
Retweeted by Owen Barder6. A Czech king, if you can find one, makes an excellent personal homing device for a snowbound peasant. That is all.
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Retweeted by Owen Barder4. A godhead veiled in flesh is not what it sounds like.
Retweeted by Owen Barder3. Demanding figgy pudding with menaces is an acceptable way to celebrate the birth of the Messiah.
Retweeted by Owen Barder2. Reindeer are shallow, fickle and have a poor sense of history, and Santa tolerates bullying in the workplace (h/t @xtophercook)
Retweeted by Owen Barder1. As the festive season gets into full swing, I've put together some key learnings from Christmas carols.
Retweeted by Owen BarderRT @DannyCassimon: New @IOBUA brief on #ODA accounting of loans in DAC: http://t.co/zE7qnzbn9H
@SimonMaxwell001 The discussion today could have done more to distinguish how OGDs can help poor countries from how UK policy affects them.Maude: politicians always talk about transparency in opposition, and first year of govt exposing predecessors. Then it gets tough #opendata
Retweeted by Owen Barder'Better' institutions don't lead to success; success leads to better institutions http://t.co/LLA1nrjXmD
Retweeted by Owen BarderFrancis Maude: "my aim is to make FOI redundant - instead, government would be releasing information proactively" #opendata
Retweeted by Owen Barder.@DFID_UK shd/will beef up reporting of non-aid issues as per Aid Reporting/Transparency Act says @JustineGreening #futureukdc
Retweeted by Owen BarderCongratulations to @shepleygreen for being included in @Telegraph's Top Ten TED talks http://t.co/VgTSgBGGzG
Tim Berners Lee says we should take to the streets to defend an open iinternet: http://t.co/thvw9Akxn0@CharlieMTweets I miss having journal access. (About to get it back, with an academic affiliation).@CharlieMTweets how come you didn't have access to JSTOR when studying for an MSc?@CharlieMTweets who knew?@CharlieMTweets I can't tell you how stressed your tweet has made me feel.The more religious you are, the more likely it is you support torture. I feel like people are skipping bible study. http://t.co/rcfSqtKuZt
Retweeted by Owen Barder@owenbarder I feel like at least 2 or 3 million of those were from me in the last month trying to write essays for my msc!
Retweeted by Owen BarderThis seems a good time to recall how Norway reacted to the Breivik massacre: http://t.co/BI7MizDdIgif true, this isn't good for humanity: JSTOR turns away 150 million attempts a year to read academic articles. http://t.co/b6A9oqNOo0"JSTOR turns away around 150 million attempts to reach its articles each year." http://t.co/0nFVzd913X via @vpostrel
Retweeted by Owen BarderCommissioning editors: I'd snap this one up. Brilliant idea for a book. http://t.co/zZoieMCEG0
Retweeted by Owen BarderSimon Wright @morningsimon of @SavetheChildren is live tweeting @WHO mtng on #healthsystems & #Ebola . I'm here also to facilitate 1 session
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If we put a price on carbon > RT @alertnetclimate: Ban Ki-moon sees huge potential for business to contribute to #climate change solutionsSeveral people have pointed out it isn't real accountability, yet. That's true. But it is a start.I admire the US for holding itself to account for its terrible mistakes. We are a long way from such accountability in the UK.#CIA called torture "enhanced interrogation" - that's the exact wording used by the Gestapo ("Verschärfte Vernehmung") #TortureReport
Retweeted by Owen BarderLant Pritchett: India pub schools cost ~x3 per student than private, produce worse learning outcome. Econ cost ~$50bn http://t.co/MJ7n0X2B5x
Retweeted by Owen BarderIt does matter which measure of well-being you use.This did not confirm my priors. http://t.co/ko3mdaT1gf via @JustinSandefurWaPo: USAID head Raj Shah may step down http://t.co/1GIjChoyfL
Retweeted by Owen Barder@l_engberg @alexcobham @OECD Does it seem to be any good? (I've not had a chance to read it yet.)@alexcobham @OECD Is there a link to the analysis underpinning these conclusions somewhere?@Leo_Benjamin This article seems to be predicted on the false premise that the US is at war.@sburall Right. Slack has enabled us to take our purely internal communications (of which we have a surprising amount) out of the inbox.The Uncounted - Alex Cobham with 2 opposite reasons why things and pple are not visible http://t.co/WlAsRzyF5M via @alexcobham
Retweeted by Owen Barder@sburall My team all use it. So we use it internally but not externally.Has @DFID_UK lost its way? The Guardian's Larry Elliot thinks so: http://t.co/XtdXiujFW0In DC at the same time as William and Kate. Some US friends are surprised I oppose the monarchy. Here's why: http://t.co/R6t8Qwd66A
There are now distinguished Republicans in Congress calling for revenue-neutral carbon price. Steven Chu
Retweeted by Owen Barder@nancymbirdsall @toddjmoss I'd be surprised if the Prince is opposed to elite capture. It is, after all, the family business.@nancymbirdsall @toddjmoss I think the Prince would happily save the big mammals without tackling the elite capture. Goodhart's Law applies.One of Britain's traditional leaders visited the World Bank today. http://t.co/NoiimKEVkcThe innovation that has done most to bring my email under control? @SlackHQ https://t.co/iwC7pWs3nm@MumbiKaptere He could do with one of those himself.@MumbiKaptere Darn. If only he had dated someone in a more useful job.@guy_levin no doubt other things being equal it would be good to tackle. but I'm a bit more concerned about, say, people trafficking ...@guy_levin both!Struggling to see how illegal wildlife trade is in Prince William's top 100 issues to care about. http://t.co/LUdkH2vITm"It is growth that ultimately empowers societies and their peoples to find their own solutions" says @nancymbirdsall http://t.co/W0jMQoQ4jy"it’s folly to divert scarce resources to expanding broken health-care systems" says @charlesjkenny http://t.co/8U1aIJRkNF@williamheath @pubstrat @sirbonar I think the only office along Whitehall that allows you to bring in your bike is the Scotland Office.@williamheath I think the nearest bike rack is in St James's Park at "Inn the Park". https://t.co/f5UPFYlssS@owenbarder Interesting stuff. Aid is a loosely coupled industry with insufficient selection pressures. Worth thinking thru implications...
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