Mark Goldring, Chief Executive of Oxfam GB

Lecture:  Ending Global poverty: great progress but what do we have to do to complete the job?

Thursday 2 November 2017, 8pm
Mark Goldring, chief executive of Oxfam GB

This year MBG's Harvest Lecture was delivered by Mark Goldring, who is the chief executive of Oxfam GB and has been in post since May 2013.

The event was covered by Tony Millet from Marlborough News Online and a full report of the lecture is available from them here.

Mark Goldring's message began on a very optimistic note.  Over one billion people have moved out of poverty in the past 25 years.

But...there are still 800 million men, women and children who may go to bed hungry.  Goldring said that if the 'success story' about global poverty being more than halved was better known, there would not be such knee-jerk criticism of development funding.  He stressed the key elements in this success - provision of basic education, literacy, vaccination and the fall in child mortality from 43 per 100 before their fifth birthday in the early twentieth century, to 4 per 100 now.

However, the good news about poverty reduction has been tempered by a recent UN report that numbers of those going to bed hungry has risen again - by between 20 and 30 million in the last year.  This was caused largely by the rise in conflicts and the effects of climate change.  Climate change, Mark Goldring, explained, hits the poorest - tens of millions are being driven into poverty by climate change - its effects crops, fish stocks and deforestation.  

We are grateful to all those who attended and donated.  The retiring collection raised £825 split between Oxfam GB and MBG.

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Past lectures

  • 2017 Mark Goldring CEO Oxfan GB 'Ending global poverty: great progress but what do we have to do to complete the job?'
  • 2016 Harriet Lamb CEO International Alert 'To Bomb or not to Bomb - that is the wrong question!'
  • 2015 Baroness Cox Founder HART 'The Pain and the Passion - the privilege of making a difference'
  • 2014 David Mepham Director Human Rights Watch Putting Development to Rights
  • 2013 Dambisa Moyo Global Economist - 'The Problem with AID'
  • 2012 Lord Boateng 'Africa – From Poverty to Prosperity - Beyond the Millennium Development Goals'
  • 2011 Andrew Mitchell Secretary of State for International Development UKAID
  • 2010 Lord Kinnock 'Global Governance in a World Turned Upside Down'
  • 2009 Kamalesh Sharma Secretary General, Commonwealth 'The Commonwealth@60 Serving a New Generation'
  • 2008 Barbara Stocking Director, OXFAM
  • 2007 Frank Gardner BBC Security Correspondent 'The Much Misunderstood Middle East'
  • 2006 Mark Malloch-Brown Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations 'Big Issues in a Small World'
  • 2005 Fergal Keane BBC
  • 2004 Clare Short UK International Development Secretary
  • 2003 Frank Judd 'North/South Divide 21 Years On : What's Changed?'
  • 2002 Dr Daleep Mukarji Director Christian Aid
  • 2001 George Alagiah BBC News 2
  • 2000 David Bryer Director Oxfam
  • 1999 Jonathan Dimbleby President VSO
  • 1998 Archbishop George Carey Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1997 Mark Tully BBC India Correspondent 'India and the West'
  • 1996 Rabbi Julia Neuberger 'Needs, Creeds and Action'
  • 1995 Paddy Coulter OXFAM and Comic Relief Trustee Comic Relief
  • 1994 Jon Snow Channel 4 News 'Is One World - a realistic possibility?'
  • 1993 Glenys Kinnock One World Action 'The Rights of Women: North and South'
  • 1992 Chief Emeka Anyaoku Secretary-General of the Commonwealth 'The Commonwealth Idea'
  • 1991 Rajamani Rowley Director of Population Concern 'The Population Crisis'
  • 1990 David Cope Master of Marlborough College 'Toward One World'
  • 1989 Jonathon Porritt Director, Friends of the Earth 'The Environment: what has that to do with me?'
  • 1988 HRH The Princess Royal President, Save the Children Fund 'The Developing World'
  • 1987 Michael Taylor Director, Christian Aid
  • 1986 George Galloway Director 'War on Want'
  • 1985 Nicholas Hinton Director, Save the Children Fund
  • 1984 Guy Stringer Director OXFAM
  • 1982 Frank Judd Director VSO


Annual Marlborough Brandt Lent Lecture

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One of the first aims of those who founded the Marlborough Brandt Group in October 1981 was to bring issues concerning global poverty and international development to as wide a constituency of people as possible. The annual Marlborough Brandt Lecture was established that same year in order to contribute to that purpose.

Since then over thirty lectures have been held, originally as a collaborative effort of MBG and the Marlborough Christian Aid Committee. From MBG's point of view the lectures have done a great deal to further the Group's aim to bring the problems facing the poorer nations of the world to a wider public.

The first lecturers were lured to Marlborough by Bill Spray, an MBG founder and its first President. Then in 1988 Nick Maurice, MBG's Founder Patron, took over the task. The lectures have shown the same passionate concern about justice and fairness for all that fired MBG's founders.

For information on our next lecture click here.

Picture: 2012 Lord Boateng with Lord Joffe