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.
Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, says that the world is moving closer to the historic goal of ending poverty by 2030: This is the best story in the world today — these projections show us that we are the first generation in human history that can end extreme poverty … This new forecast … Continue reading We are the first generation in human history … again
The Free Exchange column in this week’s Economist discusses the work of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers.
How emissions trading can both tackle climate change and generate development finance. (This article by Alex Evans, Alice Lépissier and Owen Barder first appeared in The Guardian on 25 September 2015)
The latest Development Drums features Todd Moss, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development and a bestselling fiction author.
A High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers, which I chaired, has concluded that much more humanitarian aid should be provided as cash, rather than as vouchers or in-kind; and that this change should be used to bring about broader reforms of humanitarian aid.