Owen Barder and Bill Easterly addressing the audience at the Center for Global Development

My debate with Bill Easterly

The video of my debate this morning with Bill Easterly. Read the full post »
Owen Barder & Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof: from activist to investor [podcast]

Celebrity activists who campaign about development are often sneered at by development economists and by commentators; they are variously accused of ignorance, of exploiting a cause to further their own career, or even of wanting to perpetuate poverty to justify their own public profile. Bob Geldof has given an extended interview on Development Drums about his work over three decades; you can judge for yourself if this criticism of celebrity activists is fair. (But beware: the language is colourfully and characteristically explicit in places.)  You can listen to the 35 minute version here, or listen to the entire extended interview. Read the full post »
Parliament House Canberra, Australia

Achieving policy impact

The video of a talk I did at the Development Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy at Australian National University on 9 October 2012. Read the full post »
Meles Zenawi

Not about the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

Following the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, this blog post reminds readers of an earlier blog post explaining why I don't write much about Ethiopian politics, despite (then) living there.

Read the full post »
Four candidates to be President of the EBRD

Your hustings for the EBRD President

On Friday the Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will decide who will be the Bank’s next President.  I've interviewed four of the candidates and the interviews are now online for you to listen to, and you can read the transcript here.

Read the full post »
The Mercato, the commercial hub of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Ethiopia's economy grew by 7.5% in 2011.

End of year reflections

The Guardian development blog is running a series of end of year reflections on development, including one by me. Many of the articles are upbeat about progress in developing countries, but pessimistic about the short term economic prospects for … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

Read the full post »

The Simpsons go to little Ethiopia

Bart (eating injera and wot): “I wish I lived in Ethiopia”. Lisa: “Exotic. Vegetarian. I can mention it in a college essay. Mom: this is amazing!”.

Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

Read the full post »