It’s the value chain stupid!

Private sector people with supply chain experience will chuckle when they read this. It will be so obvious to them. But it’s not obvious to the rest of us. This is just one example of how public private partnerships are so helpful. What’s obvious to someone from the private sector may not be obvious to […]

Zambia Diary | Days 6-7, Visit 3 | SABMiller, Jhpiego, DfID and Partners Meeting

We have another couple of interesting days to report on, so here goes. On Wednesday (18/5/11) we arrived at SABMiller ten minutes early for our meeting and as we went into the reception I put my phone to silent. 40 minutes later we were still in reception. We’d sort of lost track of time as […]

ColaLife research Northern Uganda

Click image to download the report (PDF, 684KB) I’ve reported before on the work of a group of young people from Kings College London in Northern Uganda: WeCan Ugan. WeCan Ugan work in partnership a local grassroots NGO called HORARD (Hope Revival Agency for Rural Development) in an area that was changed forever and faces unique […]

Exploring the links between international business and poverty reduction

Last Thursday I highlighted a public webinar that then took place on Friday (8/4/11) to discuss the report on the ‘Poverty Footprinting’ work undertaken by SABMiller, Coca-Cola and Oxfam in Zambia and El Salvador. ‘Poverty Footprinting’ is a technique being used by Oxfam to assess the impacts big businesses have on the local communities they operate […]

News from WeCan Ugan, Uganda

I reported earlier about a trip by a group of young people from Kings College to northern Uganda. Well they’ve been and they are now back. One of the team members was Muhammad Atif and he has kindly submitted this guest blog post about the trip: The team left Uganda on Saturday and landed at London […]

Operation Uganda

My name is Claire and I am a third year medical student at King’s College London having studied International Health at UCL last year, and Mo is likewise a third year medic who I managed to pursuade to come with me to the Innovation’s Evening at the Royal Society of Medicine a few of weeks […]

Meet Dennis Tretter – our first ColaLife Intern

As we gear up to move ColaLife into its implementation phase lots of very exciting things are starting to happen and you won’t miss a thing if you register for blog updates. Here is the first very exciting thing. After a couple of weeks of discussion via various networks ColaLife has its first intern: Dennis […]

Top 10 achievements for 2009

1. Coca-Cola agree to trial ‘the ideas behind ColaLife’ on the BBC Radio 4 iPM programme on 25/4/09. Here is an extract of the interview (0m 51s): Coca-Cola’s commitment to ColaLife | 25 04 2009 | EXTRACT by colalife The full interview is here on SoundCloud (4m 51s). 2. AidPod design modified through to the […]

ColaLife brokers partnership with global NGO for Tanzanian field work

Our first major achievement was to get Coca-Cola’s agreement to look at trialling our ideas on the ground in Africa. Now we can reveal our second major achievement: we have successfully found them the partner they needed. Three weeks ago, on 20th July 2009, after months of partnership development talks, AED (The Academy for Educational […]

ColaLife gets mention in HARVARD report

Last week the HARVARD Kennedy School and the IFC published their report into the research into Coca-Cola’s Manual Distribution System undertaken in East Africa in the summer of 2008. We reported on this here. The report can be downloaded here: harvard-ifc-mdc-summary-report-final (PDF, 2.3 MB). The good news is that ColaLife is mentioned: In November 2008, […]