Wheels of Change

How Bicycles foster Girls' Education and Empowerment

Innovations for Poverty Action conducted a randomized controlled trial to assess the impact of World Bicycle Relief’s bicycle programs on girls’ education & empowerment. The findings add to the growing global body of evidence demonstrating that bicycles can serve as an effective, low-cost conditional asset transfer to improve rural girls’ education & empowerment: girls with bicycles are 19% less likely to drop out of school. As schools reopened after COVID lockdowns, bicycles can help students, especially girls, who risk being left behind permanently to be supported to get back to school.

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