Alliance Empowerment Program update

The Alliance Empowerment Program continue to build our member’s capacity in addressing road safety on their countries. This month we will release a number of webinars.  Why are helmets important, what is BAC levels, why are people not wearing seat belts, and how do you reduce speeding in school zones? These question and many more will be answered in the Alliance new series of crash courses on key risk areas that cause road safety injury and death.

The series of seven webinars bring in member experts in the respective fields to outline the risks and what can be done to reduce them. Areas that will be addressed are: helmets, drunk driving, speeding, seat belts, child restraints, distraction and drowsy driving. The objective of the webinars is to enhance member knowledge on not only what the key road safety risk factors are, but also main messages, rationale and inspire by highlighting activities that has led to change.

Please find more information and sign up HERE

Alliance Advocates start their missions back home

During the intensive two week training, in Memphis, US, the Alliance Advocates (picture) learned about mapping decision power landscapes, building coalitions, grassroots mobilization, harnessing the media, monitoring and evaluation, and facilitation skills to address risk areas that range from safe school zones to reducing drunk driving. It has already resulted in preparation of a National campaign to increase seat belt use in Tunisia, building support for data collection on speeding in Togo and a partnership for community mobilization in New Delhi.

See media coverage and find more about the Alliance Advocate program HERE.

Press release:
First cohort of Alliance Advocates complete intensive training
as part of the Alliance Empowerment Program
Graduates to lead development of road safety initiatives by NGOs in 15 countries
MEMPHIS, US, 1 September 2016 — Today, the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety graduated its first Alliance Advocate cohort. The graduates have completed a state-of-the art training course at FedEx Headquarters from 23 August to 1 September in Memphis, Tennessee, US.The Alliance Advocate training give representatives from 15 countries the opportunity to grow their expertise as they advocate for safer roads.

This two-week tailored course is a part of the Alliance Empowerment Program, a capacity-building program sponsored by FedEx that aims to improve the ability of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in road safety around the world.
“This is an important initiative for the Alliance in the years to come.” said Lotte Brondum, Director of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety. “The Alliance Advocates face a lot of road safety challenges in their home countries such as speeding in school zones. The training has given them the tools, knowledge, network and confidence to make a change that can contribute to overcoming these challenges. They have developed a clear plan for what they want to change when they get home, and we will follow their progress very closely and expect a lot from this investment.”
The Empowerment Program encourages the design and implementation of initiatives that significantly reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities on the world’s roads, where 1.2 million people die in road traffic accidents each year. The program builds skills in communication, project management, and evaluation. Online webinars, mentorships and trainings are available for all Alliance members to learn from leaders and experts on various topics in the road safety field.

The Alliance Advocates will be role models who promote desired practices for helmet use, seatbelt use, speed management, drink and drive behavior, and safe school infrastructure. They also advocate for policy change in risk areas and hold government accountable.  
The Alliance Advocates were selected through a rigorous, competitive, application process among Alliance member NGOs to be Alliance Advocates.

“Road Safety is a priority at FedEx, and we are pleased to support the work of those who are committed to helping save lives and develop solutions that responsibly and sustainably make our roads safer.” said Shane O’Connor, Communications Advisor, FedEx Global Citizenship.
The training is only for the selected Alliance Advocates.