Delivery requires iteration and adaptation rather than a "science". Perhaps the time has come for a Manifesto for Agile Development?Continue reading
Proposals for how DFID should improve the Bilateral Aid Review (BAR) by adopting the principle of 'show your working'.Continue reading
Here is the evidence I gave (audio, plus part video) to the House of Commons International Development Committee. I argue for greater use of multilateral aid and against setting up a new UK development bank.Continue reading
The agenda for action to tackle illicit financial flows has passed an important threshold. While the G-8 meeting did not agree everything that had been hoped, there was tangible progress in two out of the three main areas.Continue reading
In January, David Cameron nailed his colours to the mast with a speech in Davos that set out the three Ts agenda for the UK’s chairing of the June G8 meeting: taxes, trade and transparency. There have also been some raised eyebrows among the cognoscenti about a fourth T: turf. Some worry that a Cameron-led G8 effort might step on the toes of the G20 and its existing working groups, perhaps stimulating production of “not invented here” antibodies that would make it hard for the initiative to gain global traction.Continue reading
Christmas came early yesterday for campaigners for more effective and accountable aid, with an announcement from DFID which has raised the bar for aid transparency.Continue reading
I'm quoted in a blog post at the Economist today about aid transparency:
Ms Greening’s strategy is the requirement that any organisation receiving DfID funds publish clear information about where the money is going. This far-reaching transparency initiative is potentially a “game-changer”, says Owen Barder, a senior fellow and director for Europe at the Center for Global Development, a Washington, DC-based think tank.
An explanation of why CGD in Europe is starting work on illicit financial flows.Continue reading
CGD in Europe is now embarking on an exciting new programme looking at how various kinds of illicit financial flows affect development and what, if anything, rich countries should be doing about them.Continue reading
Discussing the work of the CGD and Social Finance Development Impact Bonds Working Group.Continue reading
This blog post first appeared on the Center for Global Development Views from the Center on March 30, 2012.
The World Bank has responded to concerns about its recent agreement with Google with a welcome announcement that it will… Continue reading