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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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Watch great discussion at LSE @TAInitiative @owenbarder @leniwild @galtung @duncan_ids @fp2p http://t.co/sU4LrqATOe http://t.co/Uh48xQYYE6
Retweeted by Owen BarderCGD Europe social tomorrow night - we will be in the lounge area at the back. See you tomorrow? https://t.co/kAzc6rudXm@CharlieMTweets I vote in a Rotten Borough so it doesn't matter how I vote. Which liberates me to cast a protest vote.@CharlieMTweets I have ordered a Green Party mug http://t.co/pHpN08EVYK@CharlieMTweets Is it the Labour pledge mug on immigration? https://t.co/TsIaGa1zueVery drôle. http://t.co/VqZOAOXOdC@martintisne Hah. No more than normal. I normally manage to keep Zen-like calm. Road rage is for car drivers, not cyclists.
3/31
2015
Shiny new website for the @CGDev / OPM / BSG / DFID Education Research Programme http://t.co/Ga2uYD1ng2
Retweeted by Owen Barder.@fp2p .@owenbarder the all-male panel pledge picking up steam in academia http://t.co/N0ULiEZAwg
Retweeted by Owen BarderScandinavian-Scotland vs Asset Wealth South East vs Post Industrial Heartlands by @paulmasonnews http://t.co/JCAyWOP5o1This is what disruption looks like http://t.co/3S1KcNOfGJ http://t.co/9Y3bvzGwfD
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3/30
2015
@iaincampbell07 @owenbarder @hurrayforfacts yes. this graph puts $100bn in context. Suggests need for wider focus? http://t.co/RxoOUuJNRc
Retweeted by Owen BarderWave allows people in the US to instantly transfer cash to mobile accounts in East Africa - no fees! http://t.co/I8kMAvahwH ht @SAISAfrica
Retweeted by Owen BarderNew @UNCTAD report estimates that developing countries lose $100 billion annually due to corporate tax avoidance. http://t.co/45fG4q4jew
Retweeted by Owen Barder'Courage, determination, astute & ...beyond reproach' - the incomparable @Doylebytes, leaving @BBCWorld @BBCAndrewH: http://t.co/3t35NuD2pR
Retweeted by Owen Barder#Mexico is 1st developing country to table climate commitment for #Paris2015. Well done! #INDCs http://t.co/rH7kJXiTWV And you BRICS?
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3/29
2015
Template script for comments at a #un #globaldev conference. #datarevafrica @fp2p @owenbarder http://t.co/7K4c7layaX
Retweeted by Owen BarderLOL ! Ceo understands chief economist — Dilbert today http://t.co/xNnTE75hRI
Retweeted by Owen BarderSDG Targets: Here’s How to Make Them Stronger | Center For Global Development http://t.co/3cU7bVLbiN
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3/28
2015
@owenbarder panels/meetings of actually consequence rarely need to proclaim themselves "high level"
Retweeted by Owen Barder@RupertSimons because: cui bono?@owenbarder i brought my running shoes...
Retweeted by Owen BarderHugely looking forward to chairing the first meeting of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers today http://t.co/MFolDTqeC1@MysisterEdel Could be. The SG sort of tried and failed with his report though.
3/27
2015
@DuffyValerie nope. Pretty hard to change now, by all accounts.The draft SDGs are a mess, says @TheEconomist http://t.co/9PiEUcHcZA@tkb right. I am sceptical about the input target and very sceptical about it being legislated. You can take the boy out of the Treasury...'The worst of journalism': 150 writers and academics slam CBS coverage of Africa http://t.co/IGFdM1Y4Un
Retweeted by Owen BarderAs of today, it is UK law that the government must spend 0.7% of national income on foreign aid. https://t.co/ugLb5yf1vw@carolinefiennes @jillongovt I'm glad we spend 0.7% on aid, but sceptical of the legislation.@SparkyInTheUK @andy3martin @DFID_UK has some well worked out mechanisms to hit the target while maintaining excellent value for money.CGD Europe Sandwich Seminar April `5th - Pay for Locally Monitored Perfomance? http://t.co/TrlMEDcoXb
3/26
2015
@MForstater fortunately you can pick up the CGD wifi in Patisserie Valerie ...@m_clem Thanks Michael. Sorry to have missed your visit today.The new Europe office of @CGDev is lovely. Nice work @owenbarder and team… http://t.co/eA62LRpPa7
Retweeted by Owen BarderHere is @fp2p on the recent launch of the LSE course ("MOOC") on citizen engagement http://t.co/HCGHjmguJ6
3/25
2015
What has immigration ever done for us? Fantastic piece by @plegrain http://t.co/sNCjx2J8tLI wish I had written this: @alanhudson1, the new leader of @GlobalIntegrity, on how openness facilitates adaptation. https://t.co/jlLj0h7cs4The ultimate conspiracy theory. (@NewYorker cartoon by Jacob Samuel) cc @owenbarder @benramalingam #complexity http://t.co/X9uzGum2dU
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3/24
2015
Operating in a country that UK’s FCA classifies as high-risk for AML/CFT? Read @CGDev blog - http://t.co/NU5krAIF9v http://t.co/BzybxIByVH
Retweeted by Owen BarderICYMI: We announced today that @andynortondev will be our new director from 29 June --> http://t.co/s5I1k3g3z0 http://t.co/l4NYhS1tpc
Retweeted by Owen BarderGreece's prime minister Alexis Tsipras sitting "coach" on his way to his meeting with Merkel.. http://t.co/bLfYak4MHB
Retweeted by Owen BarderCGD Europe event in London this Wednesday with @m_clem http://t.co/3oEjaVESYZA cycling club prebooks their bikes on @Easyjet, who nonetheless decide not to put them on the plane: http://t.co/WWa6YRy83r #NightmareLa France devrait suivre l’exemple des Anglais et des Allemands sur l’aide au développement, explique @fredroder http://t.co/qwcysaLh18
Retweeted by Owen Barder@iangoggin I haven't tried it because (weirdly) it doesn't yet work for Google Apps email (which is what I have).Lee Kuan Yew increased public salaries to reduce corruption; but increasing police salaries in Ghana didn't work. https://t.co/Hl5IfpzULbSo @andynortondev is to be the new Director of @IIED. Fantastic appointment. Many congratulations to him and to @IIED.Congratulations @andynortondev, new Director @IIED. Great match.
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3/23
2015
@carolinefiennes aha. Good idea.@carolinefiennes if you "insert page break" then the document won't paginate properly if you change it later.@carolinefiennes I know how to have fun@carolinefiennes bad answer: insert page break. Good answer: use "keep lines together" Best answer: amend the heading style@carolinefiennes how do you force Word to start a new page before (rather than after) a heading?@carolinefiennes aha. You might be one of them?@DnaZell @Wnicholasgomes @MiwaYang @LilianGreenwood @UniofNottingham It isn't only this decision that is wrong. It is the whole policy.Any UK #cyclists (around Staines perhaps) involved in a hit and run this morning? #cycling Please retweet http://t.co/6WF0COFu2B
Retweeted by Owen BarderIf @MySociety didn't exist we would have to invent it. They are looking for a new CEO to take over from @steiny http://t.co/5Qji1YDLfS@DnaZell @Wnicholasgomes @MiwaYang @LilianGreenwood @UniofNottingham I fear it is a symptom of a profound problem.@johnthegeo @DFIDAndyLeigh I'm a deeply sad pedant about both.@DFIDAndyLeigh Arrggh, yes. And people who paste tables from excel as images."67% of Danish politicians ride to work. Here's their bikes outside the Danish foreign ministry." - @GarethEnticott http://t.co/sOAkxojqoE
Retweeted by Owen BarderMinor annoyance: people who use page breaks instead of "keep lines together" to prevent page breaks after headings. #INeedToGetOutMOreIDC report calls for @DFID_UK to invest more in reproductive health http://t.co/fKRjiWvdjO http://t.co/fKRjiWvdjO
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3/22
2015
UK's insane immigration laws strike again http://t.co/1oMHJ4c8gw@lesamouri The definition of ODA is being changed. Compliance with IATI could be one of the new criteria. http://t.co/TzfF7bPfe4@JustinSandefur But if they don't read policy briefs, they won't read anything at all.Financing For Development conference in Addis in July could agree that aid is only counted as ODA if it is fully transparent in real time.@compleatang I don't think so!on Monday, we will be discussing #thinktanks & #transparency on The Kojo Nnamdi Show http://t.co/fO9MW8j3B0 @wamu885
Retweeted by Owen Barder@iang_fc glad you agree this is important. #ProudOfCGD cc @vijramachandran @aidthoughts @mattjuden@GuardianGDP "who is this 'we'?", as Tonto asked the Lone Ranger.@iang_fc @compleatang @dgwbirch @naolduga You might enjoy this @mattjuden blog post http://t.co/j5wROl5gCK@africafeed @mattjuden @adamabyss Thanks. We try to be the sensible ones!Are crypto currencies a magic bullet for remittances to developing countries? (Hint: no.) @mattjuden explains http://t.co/j5wROl5gCK@susiesymes1 Right - female chair is not enough (that's explicit: http://t.co/UwNkdijZGu)
3/21
2015
@danielhale :-) I was hoping nobody would notice that I was being horrible.How does econ growth lead to real improvements in our lives? Tune in Mar 23 w/ @ShepleyGreen: http://t.co/JZXJDgxB39 http://t.co/KKgdOoAT1n
Retweeted by Owen BarderChallenges still exist for many countries seeking to import #IATI data into country aid management systems #GhanaDataUseWorkshop2015
Retweeted by Owen Barder@paulclist @ritaperakis @billsavedoff Nothing to do with motivation -just recognition of the fact they they know more than me@paulclist To the extent that I appear not to agree with @ritaperakis and @billsavedoff, then that's my mistake.@owenbarder Ouch. So far, #AIIB isn't looking so hot on this good governance stuff except for excellent decision to forego a resident board.
Retweeted by Owen Barder@paulclist ah, Ok. We should talk!Curate's egg of an article by Prof Henrietta Moore on the future of development cooperation: http://t.co/vvkR3eaBFO@Morris_ScottA I sometimes wonder at the wisdom of the US providing any technical assistance for governance reform to other countries@owenbarder US led Europe kicking and screaming into IMF governance reform in 2010 only to have US Congress block it.
Retweeted by Owen Barder@paulclist I hope you were able to discuss freely today, even though I wasn't there? (I gather the technology behaved itself today too?)@owenbarder Who told you I started studying the migration of rock stars? That was supposed to be a secret. First up, Farrokh Bulsara.
Retweeted by Owen Barder@CosimoMontagu @leniwild Lots of examples in budgeting, but I guess that is not what you are after?Though European governments also have themselves to blame for failing to reform seats on the board, appointment of IMF MD, etc.Fantastic @charlesjkenny article on how the US has engineered the marginalisation of the World Bank and IMF http://t.co/FIhQXbIMuRCome and see rock star migration economist @m_clem present at @cgdev in London next week on Wednesday. http://t.co/3oEjaVESYZ@paulclist Sorry - I was at a funeral. #goodexcuse@carolinefiennes If he has thought about it, he will have done so sensibly.@carolinefiennes That's interesting - have you written down why (preferably in >140 chars)?Dodging taxes? The data scientists are coming for you... #CSQuarterly https://t.co/fivQBtWUXL http://t.co/hN9uqWmZxB
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3/20
2015
Problem of astro turf citizen participation - too often supposed to be grassroots but not genuinely rooted @owenbarder #citizensengage
Retweeted by Owen BarderFantastic Board mtg for @aidtransparency today - thnks @RupertSimons @owenbarder @rachelrank @ellnmllr @_karin_c @neilcole_cabri Simon Gill
Retweeted by Owen BarderAre @MiddleEastInst and @WashInstitute running simultaneous #manpanels today? Looks like it. @tcwittes @owenbarder
Retweeted by Owen BarderA massive offline panel for our #CitizensEngage MOOC tonight, London @fp2p @leniwild @bgigler @owenbarder @galtung ++ http://t.co/J8fO5JTlfP
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3/19
2015
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