WANTED: Two more challenge seekers

We are looking for two more people to join two of us on a fundraising bicycle ride from Caen to Cannes. If you’ve always wanted to do a long distance bike ride but aren’t sure where to start, this is for you. Equally, if you are an experienced cyclist and fancy a ride across France, […]

ColaLife Live on Australian Radio – Sunday 26-Jul-15

When Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, indicated that her government would use corporates like Coca-Cola to deliver aid, it caused quite a stir. The report in The Guardian (Australia) attracted more that 600 comments, including one or two from me. This Guardian report and the BMJ debate that preceded it also generated this well considered article […]

The BMJ debate – ColaLife makes the case for partnership with multi-nationals

ColaLife goes head to head with Prof Nick Spencer of Warwick University on involving multi-nationals in efforts to improve child health. Here is the BMJ’s press release announcing the debate. What do you think? Debate: Should we welcome multinational companies’ connection to projects to improve child health? Partnerships with multinational companies in child health programmes […]

ColaLife joins the GREAT Britain stable of British Innovations

We are very proud to be a part of the GREAT Britain campaign which showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer, particularly to those who want to do business with the UK, visit or study there. We have been chosen for the campaign by DfID and we are very pleased we are […]

DfID Zambia say “yes” to ColaLife Scale-up Plan

We are delighted to announce that DfID Zambia (the UK’s Department for International Development in Zambia) have committed, ahead of other donors, to fund ColaLife’s activities in Zambia until the end of Jun-14. This is fantastic news as it ensures one of our key objectives, that there should be a ‘no-gap’ transition from the current […]

Wanted: Financial sustainability consultant

While we progress the ColaLife trial (COTZ) here in Zambia we are also working on a voluntary basis supporting our trustees to run the ColaLife Charity back in the UK. As part of this work, we are looking for a consultant to help us develop a financial sustainability plan for ColaLife ‘the organisation’. We are […]

Packaging Fest at PI Global

We had a great day on Wednesday. Eric, the head of the AidPod team at PI Global had pulled together all those involved in the final stages of the packaging workpackage to review options and look at dependencies. Key players at this point are Charpak who will be manufacturing the AidPod container and lid; Amcor […]

Top 10 achievements in 2011

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 1. Co-design of the ColaLife Trial We first visited Zambia in October 2010 to gauge interest in a trial there of the ColaLife idea. We got an overwhelmingly positive response and so started working with key local partners on a plan. We visited again in January and May to meet […]

Charitable status approved for ColaLife

ColaLife’s Charity Number On Wednesday last week (22/6/11) we received notification from the Charity Commission that our application for charitable status in England and Wales had been approved. This is great news. The fact that we will now be regulated by the Charity Commission will give reassurance to future donors – who won’t know us […]

Cape Town Diary | Day 2 | Social Enterprise Summit

The Africa Investor Summit on Social Investing and Social Enterprise in Africa (yes that is Prime Minister, The Right Honourable, Morgan Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe with South Africa’s Minister for Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, and Aeneas Chuma, Resident Co-ordinator, United Nations) Pitching the ColaLife idea to around 120 people, all interested in Social Entrepreneurship in Africa, was a great […]