Back from backpacking in the alps

Owen on the Swiss-French border
Owen on the Swiss-French border

We are back in Addis after backpacking through France, Italy and Switzerland on the Tour de Mont Blanc.  Highly recommended: if you are interested, the details are elsewhere on this site.

I’ve come back buzzing with energy. (Memo to Americans: you guys really need to take more vacation. I reckon they increase my average productivity, aside from the other benefits.)

The normal stream of opinion, lightly diluted with facts, will resume here shortly.

So, what did I miss?

Published by Owen Barder

Owen is Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics. 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. Owen is on Twitter and

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  1. You missed: DFID abandoning many important commitments – including money to education and neglected tropical diseases (which are massively underfunded as it is). Maybe you were back in time as it’s only leaked out (at least to NGOs) in the last couple of days. Sorry to wreck the holiday spirit…

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