Our learning journey so far and accusations of failure and abandoment

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 […]

ColaLife featured in The Mail on Sunday – credit where credit is due

We are very pleased with this coverage in The Mail on Sunday about our nomination for Designs of the Year 2013 but I’d like to expand on it a bit. As the ‘front man’ for ColaLife I tend to get all the recognition which is not entirely fair! The idea of piggy-backing essential medicines on […]

Trailer for ColaLife Documentary released

Here it is, the 60 sec trailer for The Cola Road, the 40 minute documentary on ColaLife. The filmaker, Claire Ward, describes the film as follows: For years, it has baffled visitors to developing countries: Coca-Cola is everywhere, but basic medicines are not. This year, Zambia has become the first African country to embrace ColaLife, an […]

It’s the value chain stupid!

Private sector people with supply chain experience will chuckle when they read this. It will be so obvious to them. But it’s not obvious to the rest of us. This is just one example of how public private partnerships are so helpful. What’s obvious to someone from the private sector may not be obvious to […]