The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (also known as 'The Alliance') received a generous grant from FedEx to help further develop the capacity of the 200+ Alliance members (reached in 2017) in 90 countries.
The Alliance created the 'Alliance Empowerment Program', an overarching program that has the aim to work with NGO leaders to improve their effectiveness and impact. Members of the Alliance identified several key areas for development that would help them in their road safety missions on the ground.
In response to a clear capacity development need, the Alliance developed supportive programs under the banner of the Empowerment Program. These include: The Alliance Academy: which offers trainings such as online webinars and in-person training workshops.
The Academy Advocates: is an initiative that results from the Alliance Academy. The overall aim is to increase the quality of work that Alliance member NGOs implement. It builds on key skills such as planning, identify funding, implementing and evaluating effective advocacy activities, community mobilization, press attention, legislative change and more.
We (YOURS), were called in to develop the training curriculum based on our training experience. The curriculum was developed through month-long consultations with the Alliance and informed by the Learning Needs Assessment. In 2017, we tweaked and adjusted the training content to match the reflections of the class of 2016. We built on the already successful programme to ensure a cutting edge, relevant and empowering training.
We used our track record in workshop delivery to design, develop and implement the training. Floor Lieshout and Manpreet Darroch conducted the training at the FedEx Global Technology Campus in Memphis, Tennessee. External speakers from the the FIA Foundation and Amend offered insights to the global context of road safety advocacy as well as a special motivational talk from the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Road Safey Jean Todt. FedEx staff were brought in to provide specific inputs to compliment the training on topics such as branding, social media and press releases.
“This past August we hosted the second annual Alliance Empowerment Program training session at FedEx headquarters in Memphis. Professional staff from several departments at FedEx also provided their expertise in areas from marketing to road safety to fundraising to help increase the capacity of the participating NGOs to be more effective in their work. We are excited to follow their progress in their home countries in the months to come.”