Assessment of bicycle models in Sub-Saharan Africa

UROP Title: Assessment of bicycle models in Sub-Saharan Africa

Term UROP is offered: Fall 2020

Compensation: Paid ($13.50/hr) or credit

Location: Fully remote

Supervisor/Contact: Kendra Leith

Project Description

Over the past few months, MIT D-Lab has working on project supported by USAID that is studying how to improve access to affordable bicycles in Sub-Saharan Africa. The team has been conducting a literature review and key informant interviews related to opportunities to leverage bicycles, challenges, and barriers to adoption.

This is part of the first phase of the research, which will help the team understand the landscape, narrow down on the research questions, and prioritize the geographic locations for the next phase of the research.

As part of this first phase, it would be helpful to map the different bicycle models that are present in Sub-Saharan Africa and the origins of those models.

  • Which models are available?
  • How many bicycles are being imported? Where are those bicycles coming from?
  • Which models are produced in each country? How many bicycles are being imported new versus second-hand?

Through this UROP, the student will conduct a literature review and leverage secondary data to answer these questions. The student will create an annotated bibliography and presentation on the findings.


Applicants should have an interest in international development or humanitarian work. They should have experience or deep interest in learning to conduct literature reviews and supply-chain analysis.


This a paid UROP opportunity at $13/hour with an expectation that the student will spend approximately 140 hours on the project over the course of the semester (10 hours per week for up to 14 weeks).

Apply by September 30, 2020

Interested applicants should email MIT D-Lab Research Associate and Kendra Leith, MIT D-Lab Associate Director for Research with a resume and brief explanation of why they are interested in this project and describe any relevant previous experience.

Link to opportunity on the MIT UROP site