Beyond the call of duty – Cairo to Cape Town for ColaLife

Regular readers will know Ali & Lizzie, the couple who are cycling from Cairo to Cape Town for ColaLife (and two other charities close to their hearts). Well here is some sad news about a very determined woman. This is a quoted straight from their blog. The original post is here. Last Leg – Lost […]

ColaLife Cairo to Cape Town Cyclists pass through Zambia

Before the excitement of Product Design of the Year award took over our lives, it was lovely to play host to two amazing people – Ali and Lizzie – as they cycled through Zambia on their way from Cairo to Cape Town. Their target is to raise £10,000 for three charities which mean a lot […]

Riot in Katete

On Wednesday night (3/4/13) night when I sat down, with mosquitos buzzing around my ears, and posted Setting up for an exciting few days in Katete, little did I know what kind of ‘excitement’ that would turn out to be. All the plans were in place to give the ColaLife Cairo to Cape Town cyclists […]

Cycling from Cairo to Cape Town for ColaLife

No, it isn’t me – well not this time anyway! A few months ago, we got one of those out-of-the-blue emails,  which always seem to come with an unrefusable offer. This time, it was the intrepid Ali and Lizzie: “We’ve done Lands End to John O’Groats and now we’re cycling across Africa – can we […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]