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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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@SimonMaxwell001 On the subject of adding procedures and costs you may be interested in this blog post by @clayshirky http://t.co/OptgahoOQa@SimonMaxwell001 I have been expressing doubts about the quality of @icai_uk evidence for some time. I now rest my case.Must read for development wonks: "How Much Can We Generalize from Impact Evaluations?" by @evavivalt http://t.co/lDgpxema3kThe @icai_uk brand seems to be self destructing. http://t.co/ew41faflvIExcited to move to CGD-Europe for a few months to work with @owenbarder and his great team! But will miss my smart, funny DC colleagues :-(
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@Scott_Gilmore you are just calling it that to wind me up.@nickcran thanks. Indeed so. Nice metaphor.How much can we generalise from impact evaluations? (Note: external validity is itself an empirical question) http://t.co/lDgpxema3kIf you don't have a lab, a data dashboard, and an innovation competition you are a total failure.Time to get honest about that, people.
Retweeted by Owen Barder@nickcran Yes. My review of the book, on which this article was based, is here: http://t.co/HEFKs4D5wu
Governments sign tax evasion deal http://t.co/RNvUzrQgL7
Retweeted by Owen BarderStefan Dercon's 1 line summaries of 'big thinkers' in int. development, feat. @bill_easterly @JeffDSachs et al (1/2) http://t.co/Ls8qYGXvxs
Retweeted by Owen Barder@RuthLevine5 Absolutely. I'm shocked, shocked that a journalist might conjure up a false dichotomy for the sake of a narrative arc!Oh dear: a news article quotes me as disagreeing with @RuthLevine5. She is always right. Ignore me. http://t.co/A7gh6ifcDN
Australia to stop visas from Sierra Leone Liberia and Guinea. Wrong, sad and useless. Not the way to help stop #EbolaOutbreak
Retweeted by Owen Barder#futureukdc excellent piece why beyond aid is important by @owenbarder at http://t.co/uEbyeU809T
Retweeted by Owen BarderIdea to increase UK productivity and innovation: fix the nonsense about landlord wayleaves to get business broadband.@owenbarder you might like to see ICTSD analysis on this e.g. here http://t.co/q8bXyTAc7t and in new e-book http://t.co/Q4lE5ifXb1
Retweeted by Owen Barder@owenbarder Putting subs in non-trade distortionary box (de jury) does not make them non-distortionary (de facto) http://t.co/JBs4YAExp8
Retweeted by Owen Barder@SimonMaxwell001 well if so that's rather an important detail.Does anyone else have doubts that European agricultural subsidies are no longer "trade distorting" (in reality)? Is there evidence?New UK policy on migration: let them drown, pour encourager les autres. #NotInMyName http://t.co/DdkrPPs0WL#futureukdc @JeremyLefroyMP scathing abt failure of EU MS to deliver aid pledges (Germany (9 bn shortfall), France).
Retweeted by Owen Barder@dabrown_UK @SimonMaxwell001 I will check numbers with David Batt!@SimonMaxwell001 @PeterJLuff but the peer review is primarily about aid?DFID had 670 A1/A2 grade staff in 2008, and 1030 in 2014. Of the increase (360) half could have gone to non-aid policy work @SimonMaxwell001@dabrown_UK David Batt told me it was 25 people in his day.@dabrown_UK @SimonMaxwell001 when?watch me make an idiot of myself at the International Development Committee this morning at 10am - live here: http://t.co/7OcU60nubF@petrbouchal @instituteforgov thanks: very helpful indeed
@instituteforgov - do you also have these charts as absolute numbers, as distinct from proportions?@mikedixonCAB @instituteforgov I'd be interested to see those same graphs with men on one side and women on the other.What happens when women win close elections? Find out this Friday at research seminar @CGDev (London) http://t.co/9CVULhrF4r
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Who's up @commonsidc on #futureukdc on Tuesday? @owenbarder, K. Jorgensen (DAC), G. Martin Prada (EU), F. Fernandez Shaw. Grimond Rm. Great!
Retweeted by Owen BarderDenmark takes a softer sweeter approach to airport traffic. http://t.co/a7ec8S0qim
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Does complexity have anything to offer the complicated world of aid? http://t.co/8AzeQu1x75 by Terrence Wood@clairemelamed thanks@clairemelamed Is there some reason not to share an editable version of the report (eg in ODF format)?@clairemelamed That's fabulous but what about people who want to exchange comments on the report among themselves before publishing them?@clairemelamed Who said "Access is often restricted behind technical and/or legal barriers that prevent or limit effective use of data"?@clairemelamed you don't have a Word doc we can have? (Ironic, given the content of the report!)@clairemelamed please can we have a non PDF version of the draft data revolution report? ("The revolution won't be PDFed")Free download of new review of NGOs in development: http://t.co/Bfuq9cXCMp @intldogooder @BonnieKoenig @fp2p @viewfromthecave @owenbarder
Retweeted by Owen Barder@tom_wein His name is Bob Smith and he kindly did it for nothing.@tom_wein It was a friend of my sister who does music professionally for video games, elearning etc.Whatever else you do today, read this post by @CJFDillow on immigration and capitalism. http://t.co/LUvdoYoxtT (via @TimHarford)Immigration & capitalism - very, very interesting post. http://t.co/2DLKsvgfhv
Retweeted by Owen BarderWe are hiring in our London team: http://t.co/CII4PrFRp9Thoughtful speeches from @DFID_Mark and @SueDHellmann on lessons of #ebola, future of development and leadership of big organisations
Retweeted by Owen Barder40% CO2 cut agreed for #EU2030. EU says it wants to avoid risk of dangerous #climatechange, but this probably won't. http://t.co/vKCd4I7fiL
Retweeted by Owen BarderInside welfare reform: my @BBC_Analysis programme feat. @colinrtalbot @suey2y @FraserNelson Monday 8.30pm Radio 4 http://t.co/PKkNQZ8Foi
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Powerfully said @scott_Gilmore: "We need less security, not more" http://t.co/pWQUhj88i2
Retweeted by Owen BarderMy god @charliecw is just phenomenally impressive and clear about both #chedevans case and football and its obligations - bravo! #bbctw
Retweeted by Owen Barder@jamie_love I could live with those!Without a lucrative market, Ebola vaccine was shelved. http://t.co/5MmI4OjiRY < This is why we need an Advance Market CommitmentCanadian-US vaccine for ebola made 10 years ago not tested because, well, it was for an obscure African disease: http://t.co/JJXgSntEE9 NYT
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"Iteration without learning is pointless," says @alanhudson1 #differentdev
Retweeted by Owen BarderReward people willing to talk about failure. Dfid thinking Re new ways to finance development.Virtual clinics and other ideas. #differentdev
Retweeted by Owen BarderTom Wingfield on DFID's ban on No Value Added Proven Layers. God save the Queen! #differentdev
Retweeted by Owen Barder@CGDev @owenbarder @FT Interestingly, 25% of @DFID_UK projects are under £1m (with a further 23% percent between £1m and £5m
Retweeted by Owen Barder@carolinefiennes @TimHarford @owenbarder our model at @GlobalInnovFund is exactly the opposite (we do pilot, test & scale), but this is rare
Retweeted by Owen Barder@carolinefiennes @MollyKinder @TimHarford True, but in development it is hard to hand off successful innovation to big aid agenciesHeard at #DevexForum - refugees spend on average 17 years in a camp. This cannot and should not persist. @devex
Retweeted by Owen BarderDonors don’t want to consider an aid project spending < £20m bc of high transaction costs, says @owenbarder in @FT: http://t.co/OofQkQU4q7
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The fight against Ebola has produced many heroes, but western aid agencies are not among them, says @ianbirrell http://t.co/fS2M6I0mq5Shoutout to #opendata from Canadian Revenue Agency and how it informs better understanding of #nonprofit sector #PFC2014
Retweeted by Owen BarderBoth @jdportes and @sundersays should be given peerages for their pro-immigration stance, says @jameskirkup http://t.co/rQJlRzViBw < I agreeHow do you decide which development goals are most worthy of aid? Great @Freakonomics podcast w/ @BjornLomborg: http://t.co/CyiKBn13eK
Retweeted by Owen BarderThurs in London: We're hosting @gabriel_zucman as he explains how much wealth is being held in overseas #tax havens: http://t.co/hAw90Abs0B
Retweeted by Owen BarderThe Guardian overtakes New York Times in comScore traffic figures http://t.co/LOoDD1PslC
Retweeted by Owen BarderThis is how it should go: The Sudden Rise of Carbon Taxes, 2010–2030 | Center For Global Development http://t.co/t7vH7eVeay
Retweeted by Owen BarderAnd I strongly agree with @owenbarder on ministers: "all of them, even the ones I strongly disagree with, want to do the best for people."
Retweeted by Owen Barder"Making it politically unsustainable to do stupid things" Great stuff from @owenbarder, interviewed at https://t.co/0mxCLVFkpC
Retweeted by Owen Barder@jillongovt many thanks :-)@jillongovt it refers to this chain: https://t.co/sGqPnzLTdP@Guardianpublic it matters if you claim to want a civil service that values delivery skills.@ruthkennedy I'm in Brussels today. But will be in touch ...Must read @JananGanesh on British miserabilism (free registration required) http://t.co/pZRXIy3CWx@ruthkennedy I can offer you even better coffee, in a coffee shop near our new office, also near Victoria Station. Interested?@ruthkennedy thanks Ruth - very kind. Agreed about lack of learning culture@PeteVowles We've said that since I joined the civil service in 1988. Yet the Cabinet Secretary has never delivered so much as a pizza.
Donors don’t want to consider an aid project spending < £20m bc of high transaction costs, says @owenbarder in @FT: http://t.co/OofQkQU4q7
Retweeted by Owen BarderAre Brits really opposed to free movement within Europe? Seems a relatively recent eurosceptic bandwagon. Great shame if it causes #brexit
@hannahloryman thanks."Immigration Granger-causes neither unemployment nor growth" http://t.co/s2aDuDy5s3"Ways have to be found to generate economic growth based on rising productivity rather than ... asset bubbles" http://t.co/VjuJyqbib2+1 RT @DanRCorry: @owenbarder agreed on that. Disagreed with many as spad and civil servant but few in it for expenses etc.An interview with me in which I say that all the politicians I have worked with have been genuinely well-motivated: https://t.co/pQW1knu28jImmigration, the UK government and those pesky numbers & facts - @jdportes via @johnmcternan http://t.co/MtIYtqoR9y http://t.co/j3SgTLKJGW
Retweeted by Owen BarderMust-read piece by @jdportes eviscerating EU migration myths one-by-one: http://t.co/xYqju5vihG
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57 Reasons Living In London Ruins You For Life. Yup. http://t.co/h4qXdm4GHq
Retweeted by Owen Barder1/2 Brilliant chart from @marcus_manuel @ODI_development on who is (and is not) paying for Ebola response http://t.co/ZJKeRPaSk8
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@marcus_manuel interesting. What's the source?.@CGDev’s @owenbarder & #AmbBirx discuss PEPFAR’s #data transparency policies@ #2014ATI launch. @aidtransparency #FBF http://t.co/uqURChQLTr
Retweeted by Owen BarderEU - East African Community trade deal (EPA) reached. http://t.co/yAwbtvCCgw
@Charles_Tellier I fear the legacy powers are doing roughly this right across the global system.Brilliant short post by @Morris_ScottA about how the US is bungling its relationship with the Asian Development Bank http://t.co/TvG09RrsqgGood news from India. Good news for India @arvindsubraman of @cdgev & @PIIE_com new Chief Econ Advisor. Creative,wide-ranging thinker.
Retweeted by Owen BarderWant to run the @aidtransparency team? You can! We're looking for a great Chief Exec http://t.co/YjJr5ZTDk9 @AidJobs @devex @GdnDevelopment
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@owenbarder I thought of you when I forked over almost $20 for this today. But I am sure it will be worth it. http://t.co/4aj6V4NIZh
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