Archives for April 2011

ColaLife, Buzzbnk, World Economic Forum on Africa and Lusaka

First of all, a big thank you is due to all those who put their hands in their pockets last week to take us to the first Buzzbnk milestone. This releases the £3,000 donated so far through the Buzzbnk towards our next trip to Zambia to tie up the loose ends with local partners on […]

The ColaLife Pilot Business Model explained

This video clip explains the business model on which we are basing the ColaLife pilot. This is still subject to refinement but this is where we stand at the moment. Jane and I are off to the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town on Sunday (more on that tomorrow) and we will be […]

So what is, who is, WeCan-Ugan? (Part 2)

Here is the second part of Muhammad Atif’s account of the recent WeCan-Ugan trip to northern Uganda. During the trip the WeCan-Ugan team undertook research for ColaLife. WeCan-Ugan (Education) – What We Did The WeCan-Ugan team During the civil war some areas in northern Uganda were particularly hard hit. The Barlonyo massacre killed 482 Ugandans […]

So what is, who is, WeCan-Ugan?

We received a huge contribution to the development of the ColaLife concept last week from WeCan-Ugan. It took the form of a report summarising a very large survey of the views of people in northern Uganda on ColaLife. The report can be downloaded here. WeCan-Ugan operates under the umbrella of King’s College SIFE (Students in […]

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 […]

Another water sterilisation option? Colloidal Silver (CS)

I had a very interesting meeting yesterday morning (18/4/11) with Lindsay Smith who is working for World Health Alliance International to broaden the market for SilverDYNE from beyond its use today in disaster relief situations. SilverDYNE is a silver-based product that sterlises water at the point of use. One 30ml bottle is enough to sterilise […]

Intercontinental collaboration | Mash-up of the month

Picture the scene. People on three continents are lining themselves up for a telephone conference that took a while to set up given the time differences and availability of the various parties. But at last the time comes. It’s 8am at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, it’s 2pm at the UNICEF HQ in Lusaka, […]

ColaLife Governance enters a new phase

From left to right: Jake Lee (Pro Bono and Community Affairs Manager, Allen & Overy LLP), Jane Berry (Director), Simon Berry (Director), Joanna Knowles (Director), Andy Chapman (Director), Emma Danforth (Trainee Solicitor, Allen & Overy LLP), Sophie Orr (Solicitor and Pro Bono Assistant, Allen & Overy LLP). Rob Ellis participated in the meeting by telephone. […]

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 […]

Convening Power

As it is the weekend(!) I am affording myself the luxury of straying from the day-to-day of ColaLife to write down the things I’ve been saying about “Convening Power” during recent presentations (Royal Society of Medicine, TEDx Berlin) and how we’ve used this to get where we’ve got with the ColaLife project. The term, Convening […]