COTZ Final Report available

This is the final report of the COTZ Project and was produced by the ColaLife team: Jane Berry, Simon Berry and Rohit Ramchandani. It covers all aspects of the trial: the trial objectives; project need and policy context; the voucher system; sales; costing and pricing; sustainability and forward plans; and finances and cost effectiveness. It […]

Endline Survey Report published

During the ColaLife Operational Trial Zambia (COTZ) three sets of surveys were carried out: a baseline; midline (after 6 months) and endline. All surveys included a household survey and a survey of retailers. The midline and endline also looked at the impact we were having on the rural health centres in the trial sites. Technical […]

Design like you give a damn – the case for 200ml ORS sachets

This blog post has been gestating for a while but the contractions really started* when this tongue-in-cheek post - Designing the least user-friendly products imaginable - was highlighted by Euan Semple in his Facebook timeline. This mug was one of them. Image credit: Designing the least user-friendly products imaginable just for fun There was another push when […]

How and why we used vouchers in the ColaLife trial (COTZ)

  Kit Yamoyo vouchers | A retailer redeeming a Kit Yamoyo voucher on his phone This blog post is prompted by a review of our work that mis-understood how and why we used vouchers in the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ). If you assess COTZ retrospectively, as a trial of vouchers, it comes off very very […]

Simon & Jane to return to the UK as funding bids fail

I wouldn’t normally put pictures of Jane and me on the blog but this is a special occasion. Jane and I will be leaving the lovely Zambia on 30-Jun-14 as we have been unsuccessful in raising the funding we need for the Kit Yamoyo 3-year scale-up plan. Ever since the surprise decision of Grand Challenges […]

A conversation with the BBC’s iPM Programme

We are very pleased that this feature was broadcast nationally in the UK today (14-Jun-14). You’re excused if you missed it as it did go out at 0545am BST (0445am GMT) so here’s a chance to listen again. The feature was put together by Jennifer Tracey of the BBC using archive material and excerpts from […]

ColaLife and Johnson & Johnson win FT/IFC Transformational Business Award

Tonight (12-Jun-14) ColaLife and our first project funding partner Johnson & Johnson won the FT/IFC Transformational Business Award in the health category. The other shortlisted entries were: Operation ASHA, India Sida (with USAID, Norway, DfID, CIFF, CHAI, and The Gates Foundation) Sweden/Norway/UK/US [we are not sure what this is] We are delighted about this and it […]

Interview at the William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

As my two and a half week trip to the USA and Canada draws to a close and my final presentation at C2MTL has been delivered I’m reflecting on the trip and I will be reporting on it over the next week or so. To kick off here is a 2-part video interview filmed during […]

Deployment of the ColaLife Field Monitoring System gets underway

This evening (Sunday, 11-May-14) the two KYTS project managers from the two front-line Zambian NGOs (KZF and iDE) undertaking the community-based marketing for Kit Yamoyo came around for a ‘training of trainers’ session on the new tablet-based ColaLife Field Monitoring System (CFMS). This is pretty awesome, although I say so myself! I have built it using […]

Gates Foundation and Microsoft to screen the ColaLife documentary – 20 and 21-May in Seattle

In April Inc.com listed The Cola Road as one of 5 Documentaries About Entrepreneurs You Need to Watch This Spring. This month, in Seattle, there will be two opportunities to see the award-winning, independently made ColaLife documentary – The Cola Road . Each free showing will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Claire Ward, ColaLife co-founder, Simon Berry […]