ColaLife FAQs Live!

Back in February 2010, ColaLife supporter, Lisa ter Haar of onlyconnectcommunication contacted me. She’d mentioned ColaLife in a lecture to her students at the Hult International Business School and they’d had lots and lots of questions. So Lisa invited me in for a question and answer session the following week (1/3/10). When I got the […]

ColaLife principle: be the glue

etc etc etc We believe that there are already enough organisations, both locally and internationally to implement a trial of the Colalife concept. We also believe that if a trial were successful that their are enough organisations to implement ColaLife on an on-going, sustainable basis. ColaLife has no aspiration to become another player in the […]

Introducing the Mark IV AidPod

A comparison of the cross-section of the Mark III (right) and Mark IV (left) AidPods. Hand-written numbers are volume calculations. I was ruthless in the way I took advantage of a visit from my daughter over the weekend. Sorry (and thanks) Emma! You see, she can use Adobe Illustrator and I can’t (note to self: […]

ColaLife principle: openness

I first had the ColaLife idea in 1988 when I was working for the British Aid programme in NE Zambia. However, I was unable to share it other than by word of mouth and I got nowhere. In May 2008 I shared the idea on Facebook and look what’s happened. Thousands of people have convened […]

ColaLife principle: promoting micro-enterprise

Image credit: Tielman Nieuwoudt A key reason why Coca-Cola’s distribution network is so good in Africa is that there is money to be made by everyone involved in it. And those that make money from taking the bottles that ‘last mile’ are some of the poorest people on the continent. So giving a financial reward […]

ColaLife principle: local determination

A key principle of ColaLife is local determination of how the ColaLife opportunity is used in each location.  I believe that this will be key to the sustainability of ColaLife. ColaLife must strengthen the existing public health infrastructure, not undermine it. This is a slide I use to explain this during the presentations I am […]

CALL TO ACTION: Please email WHO and/or UNICEF

The World Health Organisation (WHO) published this report today and it provides us with a unique opportunity to get the ColaLife concept on their agenda. Our ideas – for better distribution using market approaches for a new diarrhoea ‘kit’ containing both ORS and zinc – are an excellent fit with what they propose. Please take […]

ColaLife, MDCs and Coca-Cola’s Manual Distribution System

This is an assessment of where we have got to in our relationship with Coca-Cola, our understanding of the different mechanisms by which Coca-Cola is distributed in developing countries and the implications for the roll-out of the ColaLife idea. Although the progress we have made is significant, it is evident that we still have a […]

ColaLife Pods – what the frontline thinks

I have written so much about what has happened over the last two days but I have not quite finished or publshed anything yet (it will come). But the video below sums it all up. The context is as follows. Today I went out with Benito Xaverly, one of the Area Sales Manager for Dar […]