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Owen Barder

Senior Fellow and Director of CGD Europe
Expertise: 

The political economy of development policies and aid, transparency and accountability, complexity, innovative finance, public financial management, information, knowledge, technology, new media, Africa, health economics.

Education: 

MSc in Economics, London School of Economics; BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, New College Oxford.

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Owen Barder is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and Director for Europe. He is also a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics and an Associate of the Institute for Government. Barder was a British civil servant from 1988 to 2010, during which time he worked in No.10 Downing Street, as Private Secretary (Economic Affairs) to the Prime Minister; in the UK Treasury, including as Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer; and in the Department for International Development, where he was variously Director of International Finance and Global Development Effectiveness, Director of Communications and Information, and head of Africa Policy & Economics Department. Barder set up the first UK government website, to put details of the 1994 budget online. 

During 2004-2006 Barder worked at CGD, mainly on the Advance Markets Commitment for vaccines. Barder has also worked in the South African Treasury on budget strategy; at Development Initiatives where he helped to establish the International Aid Transparency Inititiative; and was a visiting scholar in economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has lived in several countries in Africa, most recently in Ethiopia during 2008-2011. Barder is a member of the Advisory Group of Twaweza, the Board of Publish What You Fund, and a  member of the UK Government International Development Sector Transparency Panel. He writes a personal blog at http://www.owen.org/blog and hosts a development podcast at http://DevelopmentDrums.org.  He is on Twitter as @owenbarder.

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