Archives for April 2011

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 […]

Text4Baby – health messages on mobile phones

Yesterday (4/4/11) we had a telephone conversation with the UN Foundation about the Every Woman, Every Child initiative which was launched a couple of years ago after a review of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) revealed that there was a need to bring a lot more resource and effort behind the two MDGs associated with […]

Poverty Footprints, SABMiller, Oxfam and ColaLife | Webinar

Last Tuesday, 29 /3/11, was a big day in the ColaLife world of cross-sector partnerships that do extraordinary things. Two significant things happened. The first was the release, by Oxfam America, The Coca-Cola Company, and SABMiller of The poverty footprint analysis on the SABMiller/Coca-Cola value chain in El Salvador and Zambia (Report download, PDF, 3.7 MB). […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]