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Dr Allister McGregor, Director of the ESRC WeD research group
Dr Allister McGregor, Director of the ESRC WeD research group
Jonathan Dimbleby
Jonathan Dimbleby

Internal News - 16 August 2005

Listen again to the Dimbleby debate on global poverty

Anyone who missed the recent debate on global poverty will have the chance to listen to the views of the influential speakers who took part, thanks to a recording of the debate which has now gone online.

The debate, which took place in June at the Guildhall in Bath, was chaired by Jonathon Dimbleby and brought together speakers from aid organisations, campaign groups and academia to discuss the pressing issues affecting global poverty.

The event was organised by the ESRC Wellbeing in Developing Countries research group (WeD), which is based at the University, as part of 2005 Social Science Week.

More than 120 people took part in the debate, which presented a lively discussion of the key challenges facing the eradication of global poverty.

“My fear for this year is that even after the politicians have met at the G8 summit and the heightened public awareness of global poverty, it will all come to nought and we will see no difference for the poor people living in developing countries around the world,” said Dr Allister McGregor, Director of WeD and one of the panellists.

“The Make Poverty History Campaign is an important way of showing politicians that this is an issue that people in this country care about. There is a huge amount of public awareness in Britain, but are we actually going to see a difference?"