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Short Q&A with Owen Barder: Rich states should focus on impact of policies on people living in poverty, rather than on aid
Owen Barder is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and the Director for Europe. Mr. Barder was a British civil servant from 1988 to 2010, during which time he worked in the UK Treasury, No.10 Downing Street and the Department for International Development. He was Private Secretary (Economic Affairs) to the Prime Minister and previously Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. In the Department for International Development he was variously Director of International Finance and Development Effectiveness, Director of Communications and Information, and head of Africa Policy Department. During 2005 and 2007, Barder was a Senior Program Associate at the Centre for Global Development, where he worked on the Advance Markets Commitment for vaccines. Barder has also worked in the South African Treasury on budget strategy, and was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Barder is a non-executive director of Twaweza.
The event is part of the "Kapuscinski development lectures" initiative of the European Commission, and the United Nations Development Programme. Experts from around the world deliver lectures on development and development cooperation at universities and think-tanks across the European Union. The series is named for Ryszard Kapuscinski, a Polish reporter and writer who covered developing countries.
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