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: […]

PI Global ColaLife Reunion at the Young V&A

It was a great pleasure for Jane and me to meet up with our friends from PI Global yesterday (14-Mar-2024) for a coffee and a long chat at the Young V&A. Since it opened last year the Young V&A has been exhibiting the original Kit Yamoyo nestling in a Coca-Cola crate. ColaLife’s relationship with PI […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Final Visit to Zambia – Week 3

Sunday 25-Jun-2023 to Saturday 1-Jul-2023 This week we released ourselves from our self-imposed COVID lockdown. We started going out again and meetings were back on. The big event of the week was an all-day, hands-on workshop at BongoHive. BongoHive is a very exciting local organisation. A hub for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Current themes are […]

Quantifying the Kit Yamoyo Legacy

Donors fund many projects in less developed countries. This is a good thing. I am proud as a UK tax payer that some of the tax I pay goes to help support less developed countries. The problem is that many projects are established with the best intentions but fail to deliver long term benefits and […]