The FedEx Road Safety Award recognizes the results-oriented commitment, involvement, and willingness to learn of NGO members of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety. It recognizes the potential of road safety nongovernmental organizations and seeks to honor small, growing organizations that seize opportunities and amplify best practices in the road safety community.
The award is presented every two years at the Alliance’s Global Meeting. So far, the award has been given to three NGOs in 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and three NGOs in 2019 in Chania, Greece. See more about the winners below.
The award is managed by the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety and given to organizations that:
Afef Ben Ghenia who leads ASR, has grown the NGO from a small grassroots organization to one of national and international significance. ASR’s breakthrough moment was a campaign to improve seatbelt usage in Tunisia. Through a media strategy that targeted public opinion by engaging celebrity ambassadors from different fields, mobilizing journalists to support the campaign, and advocating with government decision makers, ASR was able to reactivate a dormant seat belt law. The law was implemented in April 2017, and in the two months after it was passed, road deaths fell by 35% from the same months the previous year.
“The 2019 FedEx Road Safety Awards represent a big jump for ASR. It will give us more responsibility and a deep motivation to aim for more achievements in road safety and to maintain the work we are already doing in Tunisia.” Afef Ben Ghenia
Safe Kids Philippines has built partnerships with helmet manufacturers and motorcycle dealers to increase the affordability and distribution of safe helmets for children. Alongside this, it was at the forefront of a push to implement a law to make helmets mandatory for children on motorcycles. Safe Kids was the only NGO to serve as a regular consultant on the law. In addition, Safe Kids Philippines has been active with the global, FedEx-sponsored Walk This Way child pedestrian safety campaign for 15 years, reaching more than a million children with lifesaving and injury-preventing education and training.
“The FedEx Road Safety Award 2019 is a big honor for our organization and also to my work as road safety advocate. The award will help Safe Kids Worldwide Philippines to push more forward our programs in the country, especially on child road safety. This award is for Filipino children and to all our partners from schools, government, and non-governmental agencies in the country. Thank you FedEx and the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety.” Amy Rolloque
EASST and its local partners have achieved impressive results at local, national, and regional levels, using evidence-based approaches to address road safety issues that make a difference. Examples include a project in collaboration with the Automobile Club of Moldova that saw fatalities on public transport fall by 85% and a pilot project with the Young Generation of Tajikistan and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development that increased seat belt use in Dushanbe from 13% to 21% in six months and brought the issue to the attention of decision makers.
“We are delighted and honored to receive this award, which we dedicate too to all our partners. This year marks EASST’s 10th anniversary—to be recognized by our peers and FedEx for all that we have achieved is a great source of pride and a wonderful way to top off our celebrations.” Emma McLennan
Safe Kids Malaysia is part of the Safe Kids Worldwide network. It provides evidence-based, practical resources to protect children from unintentional injury. Projects include walkways for children to enable safe journeys to school and helmet campaigns. Kulanthayan Mani is one of our Alliance Advocates.
“Thank you Lotte and Shane for believing in us. Hopefully we can deliver well. We keep to your word to strike a gold in 2020 SDG 3.6 Olympics. We will do all we can with this four years single intervention to save children travelling on motorcycles. Praying hard to strike a medal in 2020 as we come to the end of SDG 3.6.” Kulanthayan Mani
South Africans Against Drunk Driving’s mission is to stop drunk driving, protect families from needless deaths, and make a difference, They do this through education, victim support, alcohol and breathalyzer training, and sale of resources.
“Caro Smit is very honored to have been acknowledged by FedEx and the Global Alliance. SADD will continue to grow as a road safety brand in South Africa, and across the world, and hope to be an instrumental organization in ensuring safer roads for all.” SADD Spokesperson
Alinagnon trains educators and young people in road safety, undertakes road safety studies and research in Benin, advocates for safer roads, and assists road traffic victims.
“Thank you for all your words of encouragement. I will do my best to give more results…All Alinagnon’s team remained stunned in front of the trophy and not knowing what to say in front of this great victory that you allowed us to win.” Caismir Migan
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