Learn, Examine, Act, Replicate, Network (LEARN)
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.
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. In both countries, hands-on training workshops have been conducted as a pilot project to equip and mobilize 15 chosen representatives from national governments, NGOs, the private sector, the media, and academia to join forces and improve road safety data. While building their data-related knowledge and skills, participants were able to familiarize themselves with a range of tools and techniques that can help drive change and communicate a robust road safety message.
By the end of the training, participants in both countries have jointly developed concrete action plans for the creation and launch of a multi-stakeholder road safety coalition which will assess risk, improve conditions, enhance policy and action, and advocate for greater road safety around schools. Mentoring will continue to support the country coalitions’ set-up and first steps.
The project works toward the aims of the Africa Road Safety Observatory, a continent-wide initiative to share knowledge, statistics, and road safety interventions that work. The approach to partnerships and data that LEARN is promoting in Kenya and Senegal will be evaluated with the objective of utilising it in other African countries.
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, the materials were delivered in both English and French, which 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.
- Officials from government agencies
- Members of engineering associations
- Staff/Members of FIA Clubs
- Teachers (primary and secondary school)
- NGO activists
- Private sector
- Master and PhD students