LEARN Project

Learn, Examine, Act, Replicate, Network (LEARN)

Context

Improving road safety is a key development priority for Africa. Despite comparatively low motorization levels, the continent witnesses the world’s highest rate of road traffic fatalities, with approximately 26.6 deaths per 100,000 population (WHO 2018). The importance and need for better road safety data has been highlighted in United Nations, African Union and other multilateral resolutions. The latest Road Safety Resolution, approved by the UN General Assembly in April 2018, specifically recognizes the importance of capacity building in this field. In recent discussions surrounding the creation of an African Road Safety Observatory, African governments further recognized that coordinated efforts are necessary to address the significant need for better data.

About LEARN

This project aims at enhancing the knowledge, skills and actions of a selected group of road safety professionals and stakeholders via hands-on training in two African countries: Kenya and Senegal. While building their data-related knowledge and skills, participants will familiarize themselves with a range of tools and techniques that can help drive change and communicate a robust road safety message. The long-term objective is the creation of multi-stakeholder coalitions in Kenya and Senegal to improve road safety policy and action.

By the end of the training, participants will have jointly developed an action plan for the creation and launch of a multi-stakeholder road safety coalition in their respective countries (Kenya and Senegal). Upon course completion, mentoring will continue to support the country coalitions’ set-up and first steps. The coalitions will work towards staging a concrete initiative for showcasing at the 2020 Ministerial Meeting in Sweden.

The project will demonstrate the added value of working together, in a systemic way and with the support of data. We aim at building an evidence-based case that can be replicated in other African countries and elsewhere. Kenya and Senegal were deliberately chosen as they are representative of two different cultural and linguistic regions. As training resources in French are currently limited, this project will further enable scaling up road safety activities and reach.

Funded by the FIA Road Safety Grant Programme, this project is carried out by the International Road Federation (IRF Geneva) and the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety.

Target Audience

  • Officials from government agencies
  • Members of engineering associations
  • Staff/Members of FIA Clubs
  • Teachers (primary and secondary school)
  • NGO activists
  • Journalists
  • Private sector
  • Master and PhD students

The Training

A free of charge two-day training, tailored to audience and country needs, will be delivered in both countries. The trainings will encompass 15 selected stakeholders and material will be provided in English and French.

When?

Kenya: (9-10 September 2019) / Senegal: TBC (14-15 October 2019)

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