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 […]

Zambia Diary | Day 9 | The young people of today eh?

While we’ve been staying here at ‘The Pearson’s House’ a couple of young people has passed through – friends of the children of Alison and Mark (Pearson). Anyway, they’ve told us what they are up to and we’ve told them what we are doing. Well, Andy (one of these young people), who lives in Kitwe, […]

Zambia Diary | Day 8 | SABMiller, CHAZ and Workshop

The advertising surrounding Chilulu MDC Today started early with the consolidation of the relationship with Zambian Breweries/SABMiller. Good to his word Chibama Kanyama spoke with the head of logistics at Zambian Breweries and then texted me his mobile number. We exchanged texts and we are going to talk on Wednesday before the workshop. I hope […]

Zambia Diary | Day 7 | Formats!!

I’ve been giving out duff gen! I thought 80% of the Coca-Cola produced in Africa went out in 350ml bottles in a particular type of crate. But this is not correct as the most common bottles here in Zambia are in fact 300ml AND the crates are different. I think the error comes from my […]

Zambia Diary | Day 6 | All work and no play

All work and no play? Well no, not really. This is Jane and I cautiously celebrating at the end of a very exciting week which culminated, this lunchtime, in a meeting with Chibamba Kanyama, the Corporate Affairs Director of Zambian Breweries. Zambian Breweries are a subsidiary of SABMiller who bottle Coca-Cola in Zambia. Chibamba was […]

Zambia Diary | Day 4 | Contact with SABMiller

The big news from today is that I have made contact with the right person in SABMiller and we are going to meet on Saturday. We were secretly getting a bit concerned about this! The person we will be meeting is Chibamba Kanyama who is the Corporate Affairs Director at Zambian Breweries, a subsidiary of […]

Zambia Diary | Day 3 | More insights, increased complexity

Jane at Medical Stores Limited. This was our first meeting of the trip and got us off to a great start We started today with four meetings scheduled but ended up having 6! And the last one ended at 9:40pm 10km south of Lusaka. We’ve covered the whole range of stakeholders today from UNICEF, through […]

Zambia Diary | Day 2 | Reflections on the day

Today’s diary entry is an audio one. More text tomorrow! You can follow the audio diary here on audioBoo. You can read the whole of the Zambian Diary here and the audio diary is here.

Zambia Diary | Day 1 | Steady and productive

We arrived safely and on time (06:10 am) in Lusaka. So, what immediately struck us having been away for more than 21 years? Well: It is just as hot! It’s much cleaner You change money in banks! It was a much more shady business when we were here in the mid to late 80s. The […]