Owen Barder

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"Owen Barder is a development economist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington DC, and he leads a team at a British NGO, Development Initiatives, which works to make international aid more transparent and accountable. Owen was an economics aide to Tony Blair when Mr. Blair was the British Prime Minister. Owen has served in a number of other senior roles in the British civil service, including in the Treasury, Cabinet Office and Department for International Development, where he was variously head of Africa policy, Director of Communications and Director of Global Development Effectiveness and International Finance. Owen has also worked in the South African Treasury, where he worked on budget issues with Trevor Manuel, and he was a visiting scholar in the economics faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. Owen writes about development issues at www.owen.org/blog and hosts the Development Drums podcast." [1]

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  1. Policy Advisory Board, ONE Campaign, accessed October 19, 2011.