Madison Ardizzi – Back from doing ‘bicycles for development’ research in Uganda

February 7, 2018

Author: Brian Wilson

As part of her MA thesis research – that is funded through this SSHRC Insight grant entitled “Cycling Against Poverty? Researching a Sport for Development Movement and an ‘Object’ in/for Development”- Madison Ardizzi traveled to Uganda in the Fall of 2017, spending time in Lira, Gulu, Amuru, Tororo, Kadama, Mbale, Jinja, Kampala and Mbarara. Her goal was to learn more about: how bicycles are being used for development purposes in the Two-Thirds-World; the politics and complexities of bicycle-driven development work; assumptions that underlie the use of the bicycles for development purposes; the perspectives of those involved in such bicycle-driven development on their work and industry; and the structure and goals of organizations involved in ‘bicycles for development’ (BFD). Madison conducted 18 interviews while in Uganda with founders, volunteers and beneficiaries from 7 different organizations doing BFD work tackling a range of issues related to, for example, health, women’s empowerment, and sustainable tourism