This is the website of Owen Barder, a development economist. Owen is Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the LSE. Owen was a civil servant for a quarter of a century, working in Number 10, the Treasury and the Department for International Development. Owen hosts the Development Drums podcast, and is the author Running for Fitness, the book and website.
Better global policies have brought about unprecedented improvements in many people’s lives. The right response to the present political challenge to this agenda is to do a far, far better job of making sure that we properly manage the negative effects for people who have lost out, and work much, much harder to share the gains more widely.
Let’s have the serenity to accept the things we cannot change; but give us the courage too to change the things we can.
Getting on the bandwagon of identifying lessons from Team GB’s relative success at the 2016 Olympic Games.