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USAID Provides $ 3.5 Million to Fund Bicycles for Growth Initiative to Improve Access for Rural Communities in Sub-Saharan Africa

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USAID Provides $ 3.5 Million to Fund Bicycles for Growth Initiative to Improve Access for Rural Communities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Bicycles can be an affordable, accessible, reliable and efficient alternative to walking, providing greater carrying capacity and easier access to needed destinations.

WASHINGTON DC, United States of America, October 18, 2021 / APO Group / –

The United States Agency for International Development has announced two awards totaling $ 3.5 million for the Bicycles for Growth Initiative. This program aims to improve sustainable access to affordable bicycles in sub-Saharan Africa.

USAID Provides $ 3.5 Million to Fund Bicycles for Growth Initiative to Improve Access for Rural Communities in Sub-Saharan Africa

With support from USAID, JE Austin Associates and World Bicycle Relief will work together to increase mobility in rural sub-Saharan Africa by developing and demonstrating ways to rapidly increase bicycle use for those who do not. do not have the means or do not have access to other means of transport. facilitating the possibility of higher incomes and better health and education outcomes.

Many communities across sub-Saharan Africa struggle to access basic health services, education, economic opportunities and social services due to long distances and limited transportation options. For rural communities, these challenges are particularly acute. Walking is the primary form of transportation in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Bicycles can be an affordable, accessible, reliable and efficient alternative to walking, offering greater carrying capacity and easier access to necessary destinations.

USAID Provides $ 3.5 Million to Fund Bicycles for Growth Initiative to Improve Access for Rural Communities in Sub-Saharan Africa

More than 70 percent of people in rural sub-Saharan Africa have to travel long distances without access to roads or transportation to get to work, transport goods to market, get to school or obtain health care medical.

The awards will support research on supply, demand and support systems for access to bicycles in Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Based on the results of the assessment phase, the teams will implement pilot projects in four to six localities in two of these countries with the aim of reducing barriers to increasing supply and use. cheap, durable and adjustable bikes. The Bicycle for Growth initiative represents a simple but effective approach to tackling a common development challenge.

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USAID Provides $ 3.5 Million to Fund Bicycles for Growth Initiative to Improve Access for Rural Communities in Sub-Saharan Africa

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