In 2011, we commissioned a report on the effectiveness of our One Day workshops in Ghana’s Upper West Region from our Women’s Program Coordinator, Liz Bageant. The report looks at issues of targeting, usage patterns, repair and maintenance behaviors, and the access and affordability of replacements parts.
“Liz’s research was an essential piece to VBP growth and development. Her findings put a foundation under the anecdotal assumptions we’ve had about the weaknesses of the program for some time. We are now making changes, confident that we are addressing real problems,” said VBP’s Director, Dave Peckham.
The momentum gained from Liz’s tenure in Ghana will be carried on by newly hired Program Coordinator, Jason Finch. The Program Coordinator position was designed carefully with research findings in mind, and Jason’s primary tasks include adjusting the program to put more emphasis on identifying mechanical problems and capacity building with village repairers as well as developing systems to more carefully target and vet bicycle recipients.
Jason previously worked for one of VBP’s partner organizations, Re-Cycle (out of Colchester, UK) where his main work was building, developing and managing a self-sufficient bike shop in a small town in Ghana. VBP has collaborated with Jason on various small projects for two years prior to him taking the Program Coordinator position. Thus Jason brings familiarity with cultural big picture as well as experience with VBP programs and investment in new directions for VBP.