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Owen Barder

Senior Fellow and Director for Europe
Expertise: 

The political economy of development policies and aid, transparency and accountability, 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. Barder was a British civil servant from 1988 to 2010, during which time he worked in Her Majesty’s Treasury, including as Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer; No.10 Downing Street, as Private Secretary (Economic Affairs) to the Prime Minister; and 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. 

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 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 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 and he also writes about running.

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