The COTZ Network Diagram

We are to be the subject of a Masters Thesis looking at social innovation, complexity theory and leadership. Don’t ask me anymore because I don’t know but it does sound very interesting and I am sure that what is produced will add to our understanding of how to help others in other countries pick up […]

Child mortality figures published – glass half-full or half empty?

Are you a glass half-full or a glass half-empty person? I’m definitely the ‘half-full’ type. You’ll not find many pictures of miserable children on this blog, I prefer to take an optimistic approach and think that it’s better to ‘look on the bright side’. However, I find I just can’t be a ‘glass half-full’ person […]

Is it right to sell ORS to poor people when they could make their own?

[Guest post by Jane Berry with technical support from Rohit Ramchandani] We’re occasionally asked, sometimes quite assertively, why we are encouraging poor mothers and care-givers to spend what little cash they have on a Kit Yamoyo, which contains commercially produced oral rehydration salts (ORS) sachets, when a simple recipe of salt, sugar and water (Sugar-Salt […]

Evaluating ColaLife Operational Trial Zambia – COTZ

[The following article was written by Rohit Ramchandani & Jane Berry and was published this week in UNICEF’s internal M&E Newsletter EvalNews. It looks at the issues we have faced designing the evaluation framework for the ColaLife Trial in Zambia (COTZ)] COTZ is funded by DfID, J&J Corporate Citizenship Trust, COMESA and Honda with in-kind […]

From AidPod to Anti-Diarrhoea Kit (ADK)

Apologies for all the posts recently about packaging. It is a major focus at the moment but it’ll soon pass! I thought it would be useful to describe how the packaging and the components have now come together to form the anti-diarrhoea kit (ADK). Until the start of the set-up period of the trial we […]

International Development Committee visits the COTZ office

Members of the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee after a briefing with COTZ Partners Early this morning (15/3/12) we had the privilege of hosting a visit from members of the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee. We’d rearranged the office last night to accommodate quite a crowd: the VIP visitors, our project manager, Silke Seco at DfiD Zambia, […]

The ORS Question answered . . . by you

ORS sachets bought in Zambia – note that they all make up 1 litre I never tire of telling people that Open Innovation is an amazing phenomenon. Happily, it disproves the old adage: Ask a silly question… Because, in fact, you don’t get silly answers. Nearly a dozen people, including several international experts in Oral […]

Request for Expressions of Interest | ColaLife Trial Monitoring & Evaluation

UNICEF, one of our local partners in the ColaLife trial, or the ColaLife Operational Trial Zambia (COTZ) as it is formally known, have issued a request for Expressions of Interest to carry out the evaluation of the COTZ project. Further details including links toi the full details of the request can be found here: https://colalife.org/eoi Please pass this […]

UNICEF issues request for Expressions of Interest

UNICEF, one of our local partners in the ColaLife trial, or the ColaLife Operational Trial Zambia (COTZ) as it is formally known, have today issued a request for Expressions of Interest to carry out the evaluation of the COTZ project. Further details including links toi the full details of the request can be found here: https://colalife.org/eoi Please […]

Chongwe, Luangwa, Nyimba, Petauke and Katete

Note to self . . . never leave Lusaka with anything less than a full tank of fuel. I’m always up for a bit of excitement, but our trip to Eastern Province this week proved a little more exciting than is comfortable – on various fronts. If you’d like to share some of the sights, […]