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Brian's Column: What makes a good road

Brian's Column: What makes a good road "good"? Reflections after Delft

After successfully graduating from Delft Road Safety Course, a cooperation between Delft University of Technology, SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, Delft Post Graduate Education and Road Safety for All, Our monthly columnist Brian Kanaahe Mwebaze dares to explore what makes a good road good in Africa.

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Child Health Initiative Declaration - London conference calls for action

Child Health Initiative Declaration - London conference calls for action

Global action is urgently required to prevent the needless deaths of thousands of children worldwide, where young lives are cut short or seriously impaired due to toxic air and unsafe streets, the Mayors of London and Accra, alongside international agencies and global experts said at the Child Health Initiative’s ‘Every Journey, Every Child’ conference at London City Hall.

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Walking the Talk: showing how organizations can impact real change

Walking the Talk: showing how organizations can impact real change

The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (the Alliance), has launched its new publication Walking the Talk , at the Every Journey, Every Child International Conference organized by the Global Initiative for Child Health and Mobility, in London, UK. Walking the Talk describes the response of the Alliance and its member NGOs to the call for action represented by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with focus on SDG 3.6: “By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents” and 11.2 “By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible, and sustainable transport systems for all.” 2 The publication argues that the SDGs are a shared responsibility involving governments, NGOs, corporations, and bi- and multilateral stakeholders and that NGOs can be effective partners in achieving change.

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UN Secretary-General's Report highlights previous two years of global action

UN Secretary-General's Report highlights previous two years of global action

The seventy-second session of the United Nations General Assembly focused on 'Improving Global Road Safety' . The session accepted a report from the UN Secretary-General focusing on global road safety action in the previous two years to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3.6 - the halve all deaths caused by road traffic crashes by 2020. The Secretary-General transmitted the report on improving global road safety, prepared by the World Health Organization in consultation with the United Nations regional commissions and other partners of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration. It features a wealth of action from the global road safety community including reference to YOURS' work at the Second High-Level Meeting on Road Safety and our work with the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety.

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See how youth are revolutionizing road safety awareness in Belize

See how youth are revolutionizing road safety awareness in Belize

We have been speaking about Belize a lot over the last few years. Namely, because the Government and the Caribbean Development Bank have been investing a lot in the country in terms of infrastructure upgrades and road safety awareness. From 2014-2016 we worked with 34 talented young people to train them on road safety issues. These young people were selected from across Belize, young people passionate about social issues and personally affected by road crashes. A few years on, these young people are still working with the Government of Belize to raise awareness of road safety in the country.

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Star Ratings for Schools App: New road safety tool from iRAP

Star Ratings for Schools App: New road safety tool from iRAP

We all want the best for our kids, but every day children are dying or being seriously injured in road crashes as they travel to their place of education. Sometimes they are killed just yards from the school entrance. We can’t allow these tragedies to continue. Each death and each injury violates a child’s right to an education. This is why iRAP is developing the iRAP Star Rating for Schools Global App.

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"Beyond Expectations" - Alliance Advocates reflect on Memphis training

Last month, we wrapped up the Alliance Advocates training in Memphis, Tennessee organized by the Global Alliance of Road Safety NGOs as part of their Alliance Empowerment Program and sponsored by FedEx. Our role was the continued design and delivery of the program curriculum, delivered in the signature YOURS facilitation method. The Alliance recently featured two testimonial reflections from participants to the training, we are pleased to share them with you here!

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Where is the world's most dangerous country for young people?

Where is the world's most dangerous country for young people?

Recently the Guardian wrote an article  about the widening gap in youth mortality between the developed and developing world. A new analysis shows Violence, preventable diseases, and traffic accidents are to blame for a widening of the youth mortality gap between the developed and developing world, according to a new Guardian analysis of the most recent World  Health  Organisation (WHO) data. 

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'The Knock On Effect' of speeding - a powerful new road safety advert

'The Knock On Effect' of speeding - a powerful new road safety advert

In a 2006 study, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Council of Transport Ministers determined that excessive or inappropriate speed was the full or partial cause in approximately one third (33%) of all fatal crashes. Put another way,  SPEED KILLS . There are a lot of misconceptions about the role that speed plays in crashes. Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting the facts.

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NGOs to Lead Development of Road Safety Initiatives by NGOs in 15 Countries

NGOs to Lead Development of Road Safety Initiatives by NGOs in 15 Countries

We are currently in Memphis, Tenessee in the United States of America to work with the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety in its flagship program, the Alliance Advocates. During this programme, we will be training 15 advocates from 15 countries in global road safety advocacy alongside the Alliance and sponsored by FedEx.

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Fatigue and driving infographic - have you driven tired?

Fatigue and driving infographic - have you driven tired?

Studies have shown that drivers don’t fall asleep without warning. Drivers who fall asleep at the wheel have often tried to fight off drowsiness by opening a window, or by turning up the radio. This doesn't work for long. Sleep-related accidents are more likely than others to result in a fatality or serious injury. Peak times for accidents are in the early hours and after lunch

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Donate to road safety research in Uganda - by Brian Bilal Mwebaze

Donate to road safety research in Uganda - by Brian Bilal Mwebaze

You all know Brian by now! Our monthly columnist, our Regional Champion for Anglophone Africa, a trained facilitator, long term champion of YOURS as well as a life long road safety protagonist. Alongside all of his road safety activity, Brian is champioining some pioneering research into the use helmets for Boda-Boda drivers (also known as motorcycle taxis) in Uganda. We support his efforts and ask you to also invest in his research. This is one of the first crowd sourced road safety research campaigns in history, lets make history together and make young riders in Uganda safer. More from Brian below.

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European Road Safety Tunes - engaging youth in road safety creativity

European Road Safety Tunes - engaging youth in road safety creativity

We were recently involved in the European Road Safety Tunes final conference that took place in Warsaw, Poland. The conference brought together participants from all participating countries to showcase all the positive outcomes of the project, which saw youth all around Europe using creativity to engage in road safety. The result being an array of colourful outputs, with youth using their imaginations to convey road safety messages.

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Youth Ambassadors for Road Safety trained in Limpopo Province, South Africa

Youth Ambassadors for Road Safety trained in Limpopo Province, South Africa

Last week, our team was in the beautiful province of Limpopo in South Africa to train 20 youth leaders in road safety. The project, funded by the Michelin Corporate Foundation and conducted in partnership with the Global Road Safety Partnership South Africa (GRSP ZA), the Department for Transport and Provincial Government of Limpopo took place from 17-21st July 2017. The trained Youth Ambassadors are the first of their kind in South Africa who have been set the mission to reach out to their communities with road safety messaging.

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What does a year of action look like at YOURS? - Annual Report 2016

What does a year of action look like at YOURS? - Annual Report 2016

2016 marked the starting point to reach one of the most ambitious and challenging targets within the entire Global Goals: by 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents. Governments signed up for this, and it is our duty as civil society to ensure they keep their promise. We continue to ask youth champions around the world to urge their government to make their action plans to reach the target public, and to take real action for road safety. Read more about our work in 2016.

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PSA from Samsung India raises awareness of the selfie craze

PSA from Samsung India raises awareness of the selfie craze

After selling smartphones with the proposition of taking desirable selfies, Samsung is now creating awareness about the risks of taking selfies without enough safety precautions. The #SafeIndia campaign is part of Samsung’s CSR initiative to create road safety awareness.

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Virtual reality: negative emotions weaken levels of engagement

Virtual reality: negative emotions weaken levels of engagement

Research into the use of virtual reality (VR) road safety films suggests that playing on negative emotions through the use of, for example, a crash scene weakens the level of engagement and is likely to lead to participants detaching themselves from the scenario.

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Brian's Column: #Riding for Humanity, Interview with a Kenyan Youth Leader

Brian's Column: #Riding for Humanity, Interview with a Kenyan Youth Leader

This month, our guest columnist Brian Mwebaze Kanaahe takes us to Nairobi Kenya where he talks to Esther Muiruri: a self anointed environment and climate change addict leading the Ride for Humanity Campaign and how it relates to youth and road safety in Kenya’s  elections  already in high definition mode.

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"Bag a phone not a body" - Distracted driving campaign hits hard in Oz

It’s one of the fastest growing problems on Queensland (Australia) roads – distracted driving and its a big problem all around the world, especially facing youth. If you’ve texted, called, snapped a photo, entered an address, or updated a Facebook status while behind the wheel, you’re guilty.

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Might be a mate - cyclist campaign from Australia

Might be a mate - cyclist campaign from Australia

Road Safety Commission of Western Australia says its recent ‘Might Be a Mate’ cross-platform marketing campaign has achieved powerful results in spreading the safety message about cyclists. The initiative, launched in collaboration with Adshel and media and entertainment business HT&E, was heralded an Australian market-first, and used cross-platform synching to target motorists throughout Perth with messages via both radio and outdoor advertising digital panels. The ambition was to spread the message to save lives by humanising both cyclists and motorists to build mutual respect.

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