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 -developed and delivered by YOURS- at FedEx Headquarters from 23 August to 1 September in Memphis, Tennessee, US.
The Alliance Advocate training gave 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 learning wall - full with learning material- at the end of the training.
YOURS was in charge of the development and the delivery of the training. In very close partnership with the Alliance, we determined its strategy, agenda, trainers and methodology. "It was our aim to deliver the 'best training experience' the participants ever had." said Floor Lieshout, lead-trainer. "I am incredibly proud of the Alliance Advocates and the work they have done during the training. I would also like to thank my co-trainer Mr Poghos Shahinyan - an amazing person and advocacy expert - all the other external speakers from Safe Kids Worldwide, Johns Hopkins University and various departments within FedEx for sharing their knowledge. In conclusion I would like to thank the Alliance for their trust in our organization and FedEx for their amazing hospitality".
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 crashes 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.
Shane O’Connor, Communications Advisor, FedEx Global Citizenship.