About us

How it all started…

As part of his geography studies, Jürgen Perschon, founder of EURIST (and its predecessor organisation ITDP Europe) travelled to East Africa and studied the connection between people’s living conditions, development opportunities and mobility. During his research trips through Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya, he almost exclusively used his own bicycle or borrowed a domestic one, mostly from Indian or Chinese production. In 2003, Jürgen founded the European section of ITDP (Institute for Transportation and Development Policy / New York) in Berlin. ITDP carried out bicycle development projects in many countries.

This is how it continued…

Since 2010

EURIST e.V. has been supporting its African partner organisations in improving conditions for male and female cyclists – and those who would like to become cyclists. As a bicycle taxi, as a cargo bike for sale on the local market or as an ambulance for better accessibility to medical facilities.

Since 2017

EURIST e-bikes are now hitting the roads in Uganda in a pilot phase. They have covered more than 20,000 km with the energy of the African sun – and made everyday life easier for many people. The results are clear: the African E-Bike is a multi-talent. The results are clear: the African E-Bike is a multi-talent. An e-bike increases the radius of action, increases the load volume, is finally a fast and comfortable means of transport for poorer people and offers completely new (emission-free!) possibilities of use – at low costs and often more income for the users.
Our partner in Uganda has been FABIO (First African Bicycle Information Organisation) for a decade now. Katesi Najiba, director of FABIO sums up the pilot phase like this:

“People were totally enthusiastic. There was a lot of excitement right from the start of the project and everyone wanted to be part of it. Even motorbike taxi drivers are hugely interested because they can own the bikes themselves instead of borrowing the bikes for their job.”

The first phase of the project came to an end in January 2019. “It was an absolute success, no question about it! But it can only be the beginning,”says Patrick Kayemba, the director of EURIST Africa.

And Bjarne Mädel, German actor, was able to see for himself in spring 2019:

We still plan to…

in 2021/22

e-bike service centres are to be established in several regions.
With its initially planned 30 e-bikes, each centre will also include a bike-sharing station to generate income for employees. Some of the bikes will be provided as e-bike ambulances, e-cargo bikes as well as e-bike taxis. A special “water e-bike” will make daily commutes easier for women and significantly improve access to clean water.

A solar panel on the roof or electricity from a local water mill (hydropower) is used to charge the batteries, and electricity is also provided for a router Publicly accessible, free internet will increase the attractiveness of the mobility centre, making it a social meeting point – as will the bike repair and battery replacement service.

“Such a continuation of the project would be groundbreaking” says Katesi Najiba. “A new mobility culture could develop through the rental station, maybe it will set a precedent and someday the whole of Africa will ride e-bikes.”

Indeed, the new e-bike service centre could not only lead to a new sales market for e-bikes in Africa, but also interest development organisations. Until then, however, there is still some work to be done:

As a non-profit organisation, one is largely dependent on partners and donations. The pilot project was funded by the Rotary Club Hamburg-Bergedorf.
Now it is a matter of seeking support from the bicycle industry, applying for funds from development organisations and making the project known throughout Africa.

The Team

Dr. Jürgen Perschon

Leads the overall coordination

Annette Uffmann

Supports as project coordinator

Winfried Hoppe

Bicycle project coordinator

Rumbi Ebbefeld

Bicycle project coordinator

Philipp Scherp

Bicycle project coordinator

Katesi Najiba

Strategy consultant East Africa

Gottfried Pollaschek

Coordinator of the solar technology

Christof Hertel

Strategy consultant

Ute Berns

Supports the management

Bernhard Walther

Technical Advisor E-Hub and Solar

Patrick Kayemba

Supports as African Network Coordinator

Dr. Dieter Schwela

Supports as project coordinator

Karin Buchner-Heinz

Supports the management

Max Heinrich

Supports as project coordinator



+49 (0) 40-53 27 87 40




Eurist e.V.
Weidenbaumsweg 13-15
21029 Hamburg

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By 2050, the number of automobiles worldwide will double and the share of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions from transport will increase to 50 percent. The e-bike developed by EURIST and FABIO is a low-cost contribution to sustainable mobility adapted to local conditions.

According to the United Nations, the transport sector accounts for about 25% of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. In 2050, it could be up to 50% if the trend of car-centred transport development is not counteracted.

The global passenger car fleet is expected to double by 2050, with most of the growth expected in Africa. In most African countries, there are no standards, programmes or initiatives to promote low-emission transport.

Achieving a clean transport sector in Africa requires a combination of measures. E-bikes powered by green energy, especially solar energy, can become a pillar of sustainable mobility on the economically and demographically growing African continent – both in rural areas and in cities.

So far, there have only been few initiatives for sustainable mobility on the African continent. With the e-bike developed by EURIST and FABIO, there is for the first time a concrete solution that can be applied across the continent: A low-cost e-bike adapted to regional conditions.

The AFRICAN E-BIKE Förderkreis supports African actors with ideas and collects donations and funding for the implementation of solar-powered e-bike projects in rural and urban areas of Africa – especially in the health sector, in the promotion of women’s mobility, in freight and passenger transport and in tourism.

We are also working with African and international actors to strengthen knowledge and technology transfer in all directions, as well as funding in the e-bike sector. The aim is to further develop the cycling culture and cycling infrastructure of African countries.

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Dr. Jürgen Perschon

+49 (0) 40-53 27 87 40


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