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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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). […]

Zambia Diary | Day 2, Visit 2 | MSL and SABMiller

Jane outside Zambian Breweries We knew that today was one of the most important of our trip as it included a meeting with three members of the senior management team at Zambian Breweries, a wholly owned subsidiary of SABMiller, and the bottlers of Coca-Cola in Zambia. But the start of the day was going to […]

Zambia Diary | Day 1, Visit 2 | Meeting with UNICEF

We arrived in Lusaka this morning on the overnight flight from Heathrow. The flight wasn’t as smooth as last time with a two hour delay to our departure after we had already boarded the aircraft. And then there was the screaming child! I really feel for the parents at times like this. But looking on […]

Second field trip to Zambia is underway

Population density in Zambia (people pre square kilometre). Source: Michigan State University. >> Read or subscribe to the Zambia Diary audio diary here Jane and I are returning to Zambia today (16/1/11) to move the pilot plan forward. Last time we talked with many stakeholders and now we hope to be able to consolidate the […]

Top 10 achievements for 2010

>> Last year’s top 10 1. Field trip to Zambia We travelled to Zambia in October and met with 45 people and 15 organisations. We had a great reception and a workshop of key stakeholders produced the basis of the plan for a pilot of the ColaLife concept in 2011. >> more on the plan […]

Zambia Diary | Day 11 | Cold Coca-Cola Anyone?

I’m a day behind with my diary due to the fact that Mark Pearson (our host) arrived back last night and we had 20 years of news to catch up on. I’m now typing this in the waiting area of iConnect in the hope that we can talk quickly to Mark Bennet, the founder, about […]

Zambia Diary | Day 10 | Workshop day

Left to right: Me, ColaLife; Charles, Society for Family Health; Ian, Medical Stores Limited; Victor, Transaid; Ruth, Keepers Zambia Association Today was another rewarding day. We were up early to load up all the workshop resources which included two crates of Coca-Cola with AidPods in them and we set off for Hodi – the Zambian […]