Archives for May 2011

Cape Town Diary | Day 1

We arrived in Cape Town last night. The complex funding arrangements for this trip meant we had to take a bit of a tedious route: 3 legs, 2 lots of customs checks and 3 bag check-ins but all the flights behaved themselves and we arrived on schedule, 20 hours after leaving London Heathrow. WARNING: What […]

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 […]

Cape Town Diary | Day 3 | Equity Bank

Jane Berry shows James Mwangi how neatly an AidPod fits in a crate… or is she just begging for funds? I’m grabbing a few moments immediately following a session by Dr James Mwangi of Equity Bank (Kenya) at the ‘Financing Business Innovation’ event here in Cape Town to try and capture the inspiration I feel. […]

Cape Town Diary | Day 4 | SABMiller confirms commitment

Ellen Siedensticker, Oxfam America and William Asiko, Coca-Cola – two of the three panelists at the International Business and Poverty Reduction Event in Cape Town on 6 May 2011. Off the picture to the right is Andy Wales, SABMiller and Zahid Torres-Rahman, Business Action For Africa (Chair) This breakfast event was structured around the same […]

Africa. Business opportunity or deserving of help?

One theme from last week’s time in Cape Town was the issue of ‘Aid’ versus ‘Trade’ or as Ann Grant* put it: ‘Should the countries of Africa be presented as a business opportunity or as deserving of help?’. This has always touched a raw nerve with me as I often feel uneasy about presenting negative […]

Intelligence from Kenya and Uganda

We have been in Pretoria today staying with Judy and Ian Goldman. Ian is a member of the ColaLife Virtual Advisory Board. The focus has been on catching up with emails and amongst these was this great report from ColaLife supporter Stewart Martin who is just back from a trip to Kenya and Uganda. Hi […]

A little reminder – why we are doing this

After a couple of days with the lovely Ian and Judy Goldman in Pretoria: early morning walks (Simon and Ian); intellectual discussions (Ian, Judy and Jane); discussions on World Music (Simon and Ian); exasperation with technology, especially Word (jane and Judy); etc etc, we have just arrived in Lusaka to a very warm welcome from […]

Zambia Diary | Day 1, Visit 3 | UNICEF, MSL, MTZL and San Francisco

MTZL Vouchers (apologies for the poor quality of this image) I got up early to talk to Alison and Mark about vehicle allocation. But I was too late, they’d already gone. Mark had taken Alison to her new pre-school and dropped her off so that we had use of her car :-). With support like […]

Zambia Diary | Days 2-5, Visit 3 | UNICEF, MoH, KZF, MSL and Baltimore

It’s been a busy and varied few days. A lot of the weekend was spent preparing for the workshop UNICEF had asked Jane to run on ‘Participatory Techniques’. The image above is of her doing just that into the evening. This request came after the workshop Jane ran on our last visit to pull stakeholders […]

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 […]