Alliance holds board meeting in Copenhagen

The Alliance’s board of directors, composed of member representatives elected by the General Assembly, convened in Copenhagen, Denmark on 2 July 2015 for a two-day board meeting held at the World Health Organization’s office. At the meeting, participants revisited the Alliance’s mission statement; fine-tuned the roles and responsibilities of the board and secretariat; instated a new governance committee to improve Alliance transparency and oversight; and reflected on the Alliance’s progress implementing its 2014-2018 Strategic Plan.

The organization’s mission statement was revisited to better reflect it’s true purpose and scope of work, as the Alliance has undergone significant growth in the past year. To inform the revision process, around 30 member organizations representing the full spectrum of the Alliance’s members were asked to provide their perspective on the role of the Alliance. After review by the Alliance’s board, the following mission statement was adopted:

The Alliance mobilizes and empowers NGOs from around the world. Together we act to make roads safer for all and advocate for road victims’ rights.

This mission statement will serve as the cornerstone of the Alliance as the organization continues to grow in membership and expand on its services for member NGOs.

The meeting also allowed participants to clarify the terms and conditions necessary for ensuring an effective board, one that accurately reflects the diversity of the Alliance’s members. To further improve transparency and oversight of the Alliance, the board agreed at the meeting to establish a governance committee tasked with developing the Alliance’s internal policies and further refining the Alliance’s organizational structure.

Finally, the meeting provided an opportunity to reflect on program activities implemented since the adoption of the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, and discuss upcoming activities. The board reaffirmed targets for 2015-2018 which includes improving communication tools and developing training and capacity building programs for members. One goal of the Strategic Plan is to increase membership to more than 300 NGOs in over 100 countries by 2018.