UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana to receive a bamboo bicycle
Accra, Ghana: About a fortnight ago, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon championed a low carbon lifestyle by taking a spin on Ghanaian bamboo bicycle at the "2013 Momentum for Change - Lighthouse Activities". The bicycles have been produced through the UNDP Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme as an innovative initiative to combat climate change.
The bikes, which use locally grown bamboo, were pioneered by the Ghana Bamboo Bike Initiative and further developed with the support of the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP). The strong, but light bamboo bikes can be used for multiple purposes in a variety of terrains.
It is an initiative led by young women to develop a climate-smart, alternative mode of transport while simultaneously creating employment opportunities for women and youth with little or no education. The initiative has managed to improve training for the construction of quality bamboo bicycles and established a fully operational training center and bike factory.
It has not only provided stable, higher-paying jobs for ten bike builders, but also created jobs along the value chain for the suppliers of bamboo and distributers of the bicycles.
A prototype of the bikes will be presented to the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ghana, Ms. Ruby Sandhu-Rojon on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 10:30am. The event will be covered by the Ghanaian media and it takes place at the forecourt of the UNDP office, next to Fire Service Headquarters, Ring Road East, Accra.