Zambia Diary | Day 11, Visit 2 | Timewarp to Mpika

Stopping for fuel at the Serenje junction Soon after sunrise on Thursday morning we headed out on the road to beat the lorries – well, most of them – in a borrowed car. For us, it was a journey back in time: a 7 hour trip we first made nearly 25 years ago, with 3 […]

Zambia Diary | Day 10, Visit 2 | Logframes, World Vision and Mpika

My trip out today on a Coca-Cola truck fell through last night which was a shame but at least it meant that Jane and I could work together on the pilot design while the hints and tips from yesterday’s session with UNICEF were still fresh in our minds. It also meant that we could meet […]

Zambia Diary | Day 9 , Visit 2 | UNICEF and logical frameworks

We had another great session at UNICEF today trying to distil the ColaLife idea down to its essence so that we could build it back up into a fundable project. We started off with an analysis of the issue and after a lot of discussion and rubbing out and re-writing ended up with this: The […]

Zambia Diary | Day 8 , Visit 2 | KZF and project planning

Outside Keepers Zambia Foundation. From left to right: Ruth Mitimingi; Jane Berry and John Msimuko Today started early with an 8am meeting with Ruth and John at Keepers Zambia Foundation (KZF). Regular readers will know that KZF are the SODIS experts in Zambia but their promoters, who work at community level, support other aspects of […]

Zambia Diary | Day 6, Visit 2 | We are off to Mpika (hopefully)

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Zambia Diary | Day 5, Visit 2 | The Workshop

Group work: indicative skills and participation – for the form used, see below Jane and I were very pleased with the way the workshop went. It seemed to go very well. I can take no credit for the design, that was down to Jane. I just did the techie bits! Jane put all she’s ever […]

Zambia Diary | Day 4, Visit 2 | Workshop Preparation

Tomorrow’s workshop materials! Note that this crate contains three Coca-Cola products: Coca-Cola; Fanta and Sprite. In rural areas a retailer will often collect a single crate with a mixture of drinks inside it. Ideally the AidPod should work with all the bottle shapes Most of today was spent preparing for tomorrow’s workshop which is being […]

Zambia Diary | Day 3, Visit 2 | A UNICEF day

Today was a UNICEF day. We spent three hours this morning with the UNICEF team as a follow-up to our initial meeting with them on Monday. This was about drilling down into the detail of a pilot in preparation for the workshop on Friday. This was an incredibly useful exercise and re-confirmed that although ColaLife […]

Zambia Diary | Day 2, Visit 2 | MSL and SABMiller

Jane outside Zambian Breweries We knew that today was one of the most important of our trip as it included a meeting with three members of the senior management team at Zambian Breweries, a wholly owned subsidiary of SABMiller, and the bottlers of Coca-Cola in Zambia. But the start of the day was going to […]

Zambia Diary | Day 1, Visit 2 | Meeting with UNICEF

We arrived in Lusaka this morning on the overnight flight from Heathrow. The flight wasn’t as smooth as last time with a two hour delay to our departure after we had already boarded the aircraft. And then there was the screaming child! I really feel for the parents at times like this. But looking on […]