Visiting UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen

  Back in Mar-14 our trial partner UNICEF Zambia invited us to their office in Lusaka to meet visitors from the UNICEF Supply Division in Copenhagen. We described the work we were doing to Rudolf Schwenk who asked us to contact him once we were back in the UK so that we could present our work […]

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 […]

Kit Yamoyo packaging – looking to the future

ColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo has really captured the world’s imagination. Users in poor villages in Zambia, who helped us in the design process, really like it and so do top designers, philanthropists, judges of ethics, public health and international development specialists. In the 12-month trial retailers bought 25,000 of them. Last month the Kit Yamoyo was […]

Our learning journey so far and accusations of failure and abandonment

Media channels are slowly picking up on what we are learning from the ColaLife trial in Zambia and there have been a range of reactions – from broadsheet to tabloid in that order. The backdrop to this is that the use of the unused space in Coca-Cola crates is not the enabler we thought it […]

Claire Ward wins Best Director for the ColaLife documentary

On Saturday night (24/8/13) at the 2013 Action On Film Festival in Monrovia, California, Claire Ward won Best Director (Documentary) for her film The Cola Road which followed the ColaLife team in Zambia as they set-up to try and make a humble anti-diarrhoea kit – the Kit Yamoyo – as ubiquitous as Coca-Cola in remote rural […]

The ColaLife Documentary UK Premier | London | 23-Sep-13

The ColaLife Documentary – The Cola Road – will have its UK Premier at the RSA in London on Monday, 23-Sep-13. Admission is FREE but the event will be ticketed and donations are always welcome. Click here to get your ticket from the RSA’s Eventbright page. Early booking is advised – with any luck it […]

The ColaLife Innovation Map – Take 2

I have written about the ColaLife Innovation Map before but it is time for an update. Peter Drucker, the late, famous American management consultant, educator, and author once said: “When a new venture does succeed, more often than not it is in a market other than the one it was originally intended to serve, with […]

Kit Yamoyo wins Product Design of the Year 2013

I’ve just got back from the field, with so many stories to tell and pictures to show, to the news that ColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo has won the Product category of the Designs of the Year 2013. The maverick in me thinks it’s fantastic that something designed with the poor and for the poor, and with the word […]

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 […]

Setting up for an exciting few days in Katete

It felt like a weekend this morning as I packed my cycling stuff, put the bike rack and bike on the back of the Land Rover and set off on a six-hour drive across Zambia. But I was in fact going to work. Three hours into the drive I got a call from a number […]