The Motorbike Stewardship Program (MSP) was initially conceived in Mozambique to support an NGO that was running almost one thousand motorbikes in that southern African country.
With one thousand motorbikes and no fleet management system, the bikes were poorly maintained, not often cared for, and broke often. An estimated 50% of the NGO’s bikes were permanently off the road, some of which had operated less than 5000 kilometers from new.
Now known as owner-operator schemes, programs like Nuevva’s MSP have a legitimate and growing role in development operations.
In areas where organizations operate a number of assets, it is in the best interests of all concerned that the assets continue to function. The goal of an owner-operator scheme is to transfer the financial and practical responsibility for an asset to its operator over a period of time. In this way, the operator gains a financial stake in the condition of the asset. When the connection between good stewardship and financial returns is made by the operator, more care is taken in its maintenance, upkeep, and storage. Fewer incidents and accidents are reported, and theft of parts and consumables decreases. The operator sees the loss of even a liter of petrol as having an impact on his bottom line.
Nuevva uses a simple framework document to convey the MSP model, including the costs of such a project in the country of intended use. While the costs would vary from country to country, the general concept remains the same, and reduces total costs of ownership (TCOs) by keeping older assets healthy and functional for longer.
Nuevva can assist your organization to implement the MSP in any African country. If your organization needs the MSP or wants to know more, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org