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On World Humanitarian Day: Could We Do Better with Cash?

World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to celebrate the courage of humanitarian workers, but also to think about how to improve the system. I am chairing a High Level Panel looking at the role of cash transfers in humanitarian aid.

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Rows of people in suits, many looking at blackberries or laptops, in the UN Conference Centre

Addis: A Good First Step, but a Terrible Last Word, for 2015

The Financing for Development Conference in July 2015 in Addis Ababa was never going to solve all the world’s development problems. The policy framework is pretty good, but will only be important if government, companies and organisations now take specific actions. Read the full post »
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, with a blue sky

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 »
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi at a press conference after a meeting with the German Chancellor in the Chanclery in Berlin.

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 »