Over and Out – ColaLife’s final blog post

Children of George Compound, Lusaka, Zambia. Image credit: Laurence Wilbraham This is the 800th and final ColaLife blog post. We have been telling our story here for nearly 16 years! The website will stay for historic interest and the full blog archive – a blow-by-blow account of the ups and downs, by month, is here: […]

The ColaLife Approach gets the academic treatment

We are pleased to draw attention to this paper: Social Entrepreneurs as Ecosystem Catalysts: The Dynamics of Forming and Withdrawing from a Self-Sustaining Ecosystem. Featuring exclusively ColaLife’s work, it was published yesterday (9-Feb-2024) in the Journal of Management Studies. We thank the authors: Paulo Savaget, Pinar Ozcan and Tyrone Pitsis. We are especially indebted to […]

Institutionalising Innovation – 3rd Peer-reviewed paper published

We are delighted to see our third peer-reviewed paper accepted and published by the prestigious Global Health Science and Practice, a journal that focusses on real world implementation and the ‘how’ of implementation. Having written on this blog so extensively about our work over the years this is exactly the gap in our narrative we […]

Top 5 Highlights in 2023

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 | 2013’s top 10 2014’s top 10 | 2015’s top 10 | 2016’s top 10 | 2017’s top 10 | 2018’s top 10 2019’s top 5 | 2020’s top 5 | 2021’s top 3 | 2022’s top 5 This is the fifteenth and final […]

Proudly Zambian Awards and Kit Yamoyo

We are very proud to announce that Pharmanova’s Kit Yamoyo came second in the Proudly Zambian Product of the Year awards in Lusaka on Friday (24-Nov-2023). This is a highly contested, prestigious award. Congratulations to Pharmanova’s CEO, Mohammed Umar… … and to the whole Kit Yamoyo team at Pharmanova. You can read more about the […]

ColaLife to close down at the end of 2023

It has always been the view of our board of trustees and the ColaLife co-founders that ColaLife should not outlive its usefulness. We’ve achieved far more than we ever anticipated. And the changes we’ve brought about now sit with mainstream organisations much more powerful than we could ever be. So, ColaLife will close down gracefully […]

Final Visit to Zambia – Week 4

Sunday 2-Jul-2023 to Tuesday 11-Jul-2023 (10 days) The main focus of this week was the ‘Kit Yamoyo Story’ event with Roma Chilengi, Health Advisor the the President, as guest of honour. This ran on Thursday (6-Jul-2023). It was an energising occasion and great success. It is reported on separately here. However, we were able to […]

ORS, Zinc and co-pack prices in Lusaka, Zambia

On our last full day in Zambia (10-Jul-2023) we decided to clear the last thing on the MUST DO list and investigate retail prices for ORS, Zinc and co-packaged ORS and Zinc. As time was short, we decided to conduct an informal ‘Mystery Shopper’ exercise: as we drove from one commitment to another, we stopped […]

Event: The Kit Yamoyo Story

A key objective of our final trip to Zambia was to use it make some noise around Kit Yamoyo, to celebrate its legacy and reaffirm the commitment of the government and private sector to the product. The planning for this began back in Mar-2023 when I asked James Thornton, who had been the British High […]

So how was the Kit Yamoyo Legacy achieved?

In a recent post I tried to quantify the Kit Yamoyo Legacy and indicated that I’d follow-up with a post on how we think this legacy was achieved. We think it boils down to eight principles and furthermore we think that if ‘foreign bodies’ (international NGOs and aid agencies) followed these principles, we would see […]