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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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@zararah Thanks Zara.@bnashat Thanks Bidjan!
7/25
2014
Whoever has been posting these signs on the tube is very witty. http://t.co/bd4zzs8b0CA new Development Drums on complexity and aid, with @benramalingam and Stefan Dercon. http://t.co/pIKII0HPtb@paulclist @CarterPaddy you'll have to explain to me some time - prob not on twitter - how that works.
7/24
2014
well done @Glasgow2014 for putting children first. Text FIRST to 70333 to donate £5 to @UNICEF_uk.Couldn't make it to the DC #GirlSummit yesterday? We've got the full event video for you here: http://t.co/KSpyVRaO7j
Retweeted by Owen BarderStill so classic. "@YvesHanoulle: RT The visionary leadership work is done... @BMC_DevOps: http://t.co/JUm0HRQdIj"
Retweeted by Owen Barder@paulclist An aid allocation index judges actual allocation against an implicit 'ideal' allocation. The latter +must+ include convexity.@paulclist you refer to politics like it is a bad thing! @CarterPaddy@CarterPaddy @paulclist If absorption constraints explained convexity, donors would need to include total aid in their allocation rules@CarterPaddy @paulclist There would need to be some convexity, in the chain aid spend -> aid impact -> donor utility, to explain allocation?@paulclist It is convexity which drives the fact that aid is allocated across countries, so you can't have an index without a theory of this@paulclist an absorption constraint would be determined by total aid, not one country's allocation.@paulclist you need convexity story to explain why a donor shouldn't give all its aid to a single country.Here is @paulclist on aid allocation. http://t.co/kE3ku9kSoI < I think we are missing a theoretical explanation of convexity.The environmental damage caused by beef: http://t.co/UkXUEHWAGJUS ranks last of 31 on reducing burden on countries getting its aid. FInd out why: http://t.co/Zho5svEdB0
Retweeted by Owen BarderThe doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone is being treated for the disease http://t.co/M085O4Q8I5 http://t.co/eNLfioIfC0
Retweeted by Owen Barder@owenbarder Just published 2nd episode of Poverty Podcast, featuring Dr. Bill Hare on pov impacts of climate change. http://t.co/FRl8yWRNoM
Retweeted by Owen Barder@MForstater Many thanks Maya for your smart insights on this.Unrepresentative small trades - why I'll be revising a commodity mispricing paper, with thanks to @MForstater http://t.co/CtsKljyemu
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7/23
2014
Speaking on panels is OK. It's the conference calls and million emails before hand that make me want to choke.
Retweeted by Owen BarderListen up civil service & local gov! - how Google, Apple & White House run better meetings. Via @willperrin http://t.co/jWj8mbZNox
Retweeted by Owen BarderA remedy for the outbreak of donor rankings http://t.co/JHGi2vuFCH (open access, readable article) #QuODA cc @fp2p
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7/21
2014
@charlesjkenny oh jeez. Does that mean I also have to endure stories about celebrities, astrology, fake diet pills, religious twaddle etc?@JKimmitt indeed. Though I realise others might be interested, I would have thought they could figure out that I am not.Why are none of the news apps smart enough to know that I would not be interested in a new photo of a royal baby?
7/20
2014
New BRICS Bank a Building Block of Alternative World Order http://t.co/zvzEtVlX7p
Retweeted by Owen BarderPuzzled by the tweets coming in suggesting global income inequality is "not the issue". An issue for several billion people, I think.
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7/19
2014
We are a tribe. A band of misfits and lovers. Activists and scientists. We are so much larger than the hate we saw today. RIPJoep #AIDS2014
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7/18
2014
Should we give cash directly to the poor instead of through aid agencies? Meet @Give_Directly at @cgdev London event http://t.co/NzzM7lzVi8
7/17
2014
When disaster hits, does it matter if a business profits amid the poverty? asks Steven A Zyck http://t.co/tioEtmGBSb via @GdnDevelopment
Retweeted by Owen Barder@owenbarder @benramalingam It's that time again, where I let you know I just visited @DevelopmentDrum to see if I was in luck. #losttapes
Retweeted by Owen Barder@MollyKinder @RupertSimons At least Oyster cards are smart enough to stop charging when you reach the price of a daily Travelcard.@MollyKinder @RupertSimons We didn't use to have free bus transfers when we had tickets - never part of the London fare system AFAIK.#HumanitarianData exchange is launched: http://t.co/RlYxBpttnB by @humdata w/ @DFID_UK @SweMFA @frogdesign @ScraperWiki @CKANproject
Retweeted by Owen BarderEven one death is too many? No it isn't. It's important to treat people like numbers via @Telegraph http://t.co/EG0sXXEw6S
Retweeted by Owen BarderSTOP PRESS: UK Companies House announces it will make all its data as free, #OpenData http://t.co/ypdsuQn3Ys #okfest
Retweeted by Owen Barder... which isn't to say that existing IP rules are the best way to achieve these gains. (See http://t.co/V0ad6rkR6n) #OKFest14 #balanceWe should keep in mind the extraordinary improvements in wellbeing brought about by R&D financed in part by IP rights #okfest14 #justsayinPowerful opening talk from Patrick Alley of http://t.co/AtZSQcNvft using #opendata to expose crime, but hampered by lawyers. #OKFest14
Retweeted by Owen BarderNice to see @odi_development listed for @prospect_uk think tank awards for its work in the last year. It's the @kwatkinsodi effect.
Retweeted by Owen BarderI just want to say that I am a little star struck by Patrick Alley, cofounder of @global_witness, at #okfest14. What a great guy.Patrick Alley, cofounder of @global_witness opens the day at #okfest14 on using open knowledge to fight corruption http://t.co/Bca3KEY1yINice photos > RT @mariekeguy: #okfest14 A few photos so far for those who aren't here to enjoy the fun https://t.co/GiMajVPsIpAt the #OKFest14 in Berlin - great to catch up with inspiring and committed people. Also, I need a Mac. http://t.co/zhO2fmW3rm
7/16
2014
@ScepSec Right: astrology is up there with Myers Briggs, ICAI, and the pope.@alexevansuk will he exorcise the climate demons?Want to work for @odi_development @ODIclimate? See new jobs just listed, more to come incl. research fellow: http://t.co/cNlOob6esr
Retweeted by Owen BarderThe Overseas Development Institute has been shortlisted in the Prospect Magazine think tank awards - http://t.co/fyQMK7Js3L #GlobalDev
Retweeted by Owen Barder.@odi_development continuing to innovate on devt comms w 3m animations on health https://t.co/HuCORgFVIX & education https://t.co/YTDbZIuY4E
Retweeted by Owen Barder@cblatts I asked for evidence about MBTI at the Civil Service College Leadership course. Apparently only person on the course ever to do so.Should Direct Cash Transfers to the Poor Be a Benchmark for Traditional Aid? @cgdev event London, 29 July http://t.co/dK9DYSRQkq"The Myers-Briggs is useful for one thing: entertainment. ... like a BuzzFeed quiz." http://t.co/kmt2qYxZvc
7/15
2014
@aidthoughts does it include the Parrot Sketch?@carolinefiennes if they choose the right patients I would think they could get it up to 100%!@alexevansuk @stefanstern @owenbarder @matt_cav_ @Gilesyb civil service tolerates too much mediocrity. Lacks conf + credibility to challenge
Retweeted by Owen Barder@alexevansuk @stefanstern @JananGanesh Indeed I do.@JohnBurton13 it is a shame we have been unable to persuade industrialised countries to do the things that would be in our interests.What is Parliament for, if not to challenge the Executive when it tries to rush through changes to the balance of our liberties? #DRIPGlad @Marthalanefox will speak in Lords on the #DRIP legislation. This @OpenRightsGroup briefing explains issues. https://t.co/Lhid6mwJezImportant briefing by @OpenRightsGroup on tomorrow's 'emergency' legislation on surveillance. https://t.co/Lhid6mwJezLabour's shadow development secretary, @jimmurphymp calls for UK to lead on new development goals http://t.co/pJz2Lu0U8n@JohnBurton13 not necessarily, no.
7/14
2014
@alexevansuk I think we agree that shared responsibility effectively means nobody is accountable. Also how are Perm Secs accountable?@alexevansuk that could only work if Ministers get out of setting budgets, pay, senior staff, etc. (Like the NZ purchaser/provider model).@alexevansuk agreed. What I mean is: to the extent that we choose to hold someone accountable, it should be Ministers.@alexevansuk this stuff about balancing Ministers' and departments' interests is dangerous nonsense.@alexevansuk and if there is no political appetite for such long term institutional concerns, well then there is no appetite for it.@alexevansuk Right. Also, unlike @jillongovt, I think Ministers, not Sir Humphrey, are accountable for long-term well-being of departments.@matt_cav_ @alexevansuk @Gilesyb @jillongovt But reformist ministers are elected: that's why their bias should win.Disgraceful that the House of Commons will rush through laws changing the balance of our liberties under the guise of a synthetic emergency.@alexevansuk @jillongovt I'm largely with @JananGanesh, though @gilesyb is right that civil servants should be braver with Ministers.@fatou2002 I assume it is in part retaliation for UK Foreign Office advice to UK citizens against travel to Lamu.The Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises Kenyan citizens not to travel through London Heathrow Airport http://t.co/wglok0mN8I
7/13
2014
New @commonsidc enquiry on future UK dev coop (http://t.co/3ofM0oKpmE) is of outstanding importance. Be sure to submit evidence.
Retweeted by Owen BarderNow that Lord Carey has discovered the ability to make up his own mind on moral issues, let's hope he'll reverse some of his other views.
7/12
2014
Here is @MForstater makiing useful critique of the basis of trade mispricing estimates. http://t.co/jxtM27SzZc@dabrown_UK er no, I think it would be much cheaper for @icai_uk to do what I think it should be doing than what it is doing instead.@charlesjkenny great minds think alike / fools seldom differ.I agree with @owenbarder, there is good aid and examples of progress are legion. But so so much of it is just so, well... specious.
Retweeted by Owen Barder@Scott_Gilmore @owenbarder also true of relationships... Art..."Innovation" ... Basically everything good one cares about.
Retweeted by Owen Barder@ianbirrell Share your distrust of input targets: but would you be happy to make outcome commitments ("no person to die of hunger") instead?In which @ianbirrell rips into the aid target of 0.7% http://t.co/2bozQwgI6e < I'm also in favour of better non-aid policies, +and+ aid.@KateinLeeds Probably a combination of insufficiently clear mandate, wrong choice of commissioners, regulatory capture etc.Remote control contraception. http://t.co/M9PjKVgGQu (what could go wrong?) via @emmagriffs@dabrown_UK They should be increasing the demand for rigorous impact evaluation, not increasing the supply of anecdotes.@dabrown_UK Right. In my view, the job of @icai_uk is to call out DFID on that. Not to start expressing made up opinions of their own.Clauses 3, 4 and 5 of #DRIP substantially amend RIPA and not directly connected to ECJ ruling. They have no place in emergency legislation.
Retweeted by Owen Barder@nadeemhaque As far I could tell, the commitment to listening to recipients is skin deep (eg flying in, asking a few questions, etc)Islamic charities more effective than western aid because they have more local autonomy, says @nadeemhaque http://t.co/i8l3zGv6JA"The Secretary of State may by regulations make further provision about the retention of relevant communications data." Drip, drip. #DRIP
Retweeted by Owen Barder@dabrown_UK Yes, I have a problem with the quality of the evidence on which @icai_uk reaches the conclusions in its reports.
7/11
2014
The data is in: carbon pricing reduced electricity sector emissions by 11% in just 2 years.http://t.co/3anolSY7ex via @ConversationEDU
Retweeted by Owen Barder@bengoldacre are you training for something in particular?@bengoldacre small world.@bengoldacre hard to know! Is it on http://t.co/o1TINWTZem?@aid_leap Judging by their contributions to the conference, the Commissioners' ideas about what constitutes evidence are not similar to mine@aid_leap Instead of which, they have turned into a run-of-the mill evaluation shop, basing recommendations on interviews and anecdotes.
7/10
2014
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