The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (the Alliance) received a generous grant from FedEx to contribute to build the capacity of the 180 Alliance members in 90 countries.
The Alliance created the Alliance Empowerment Program that was launched at the Second Global High-level meeting in Brazil in November 2015.To address capacity short-comings identified by Alliance Members, the Alliance developed three main programs under the Empowerment Program: Alliance Academy – offers trainings such as webinars and training workshops.
The Academy Advocates is an initiative under the Academy Program with the overall aim to increase the quality of work of Alliance member NGOs to plan, identify funding, implement and evaluate relevant advocacy activities that leads to community mobilization, press attention and legislative change. To assist the development of this specific component under the Alliance Empowerment Program Alliance member YOURS was hired to develop the training curriculum. The curriculum was developed through month-long consultations with the Alliance and informed by the learning needs assessment.
YOURS staff designed, developed and implemented the training using our extensive experience in workshop delivery. Floor Lieshout conducted the training and Alliance Member National Road Safety Council NGO’s staff Poghos Shahinyan also provided training inputs especially to the advocacy part. External facilitators, such as Safe Kids and Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health as well as FedEx staff were brought in to provide specific inputs to compliment the training.
Childsafe South Africa - Alliance Advocate
The first class of 15 Alliance Advocates participated in an intensive training at the FedEx World Headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee from 23 August – 1 September 2016. The Alliance Advocate training program is one part of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety’s capacity building initiative, the Alliance Empowerment Program.
The Empowerment Program includes three main components: Alliance Academy – offers trainings such as webinars and training workshops; the Alliance Seed Program which offers small grants to small evaluated and replicable road safety projects and the Alliance Mentorship Program – which pairs Alliance members with experienced organizations to grow them in a specific area.
We joined the project as consultants in workshop facilitation. We worked with the Global Alliance of Road Safety NGOs and FedEx to develop a robust agenda to meet the needs of ambitious NGO leaders in road safety. We worked to develop a complete set of training materials to be delivered at the 'Alliance Academy' through our interactive, brain-friendly yet engaging and informative style.
The Alliance Advocates were selected through a strict, competitive, bidding process from among member NGOs. The 15 chosen advocates each came different countries and organizations and will become role models for other Alliance members, governments and their home communities.
‘Inspire and motivate Alliance Members in their region to become actively involved in contributing towards the road safety target mentioned in the Global Goals of halving road deaths and injuries by 2020. This will be done by further developing their knowledge and skills that they need to implement their own effective advocacy campaigns.’
Overall goal of the Alliance Advocates
“The Academy selected and trained 15 Alliance Advocates who will push for and support action in established risk areas. The Alliance Advocates will work together as a team to focus on specific deliverables and outcomes.”
The Alliance Advocates will:
Alliance Advocates underwent a comprehensive introduction to a range of topics designed to bolster and develop skills to take meaningful road safety action. Advocates were taken through a range of interactive sessions to stimulate group work and personal reflections.
As well as specially selected 'Master-Classes' by expert guest presenters on a range of in-field experience sharing.
A workshop is only as powerful as its impact and measurable results. Participants to the training became 'Alliance Advocates' on graduating from the Alliance Academy.
At the end of training, Advocates took the opportunity to evaluate the programme in its entirety as well as offer feedback on the content, delivery and impact. They were asked to rate the Alliance Advocate training course. 87% indicated that the training had exceeded their expectations.
100% of participants said the training was successful in preparing them for advocacy for change upon their return. During the training, the advocate refined and built upon new skills required to make positive change in specific key risk areas.
Alliance Advocates expressed that the training was successful in giving them the critical skills needed in preparing them to take action in their countries. The training was devised to ensure that Advocates from each country could take the skills acquired and adjust them to a localized setting.
This ensures that the training is adaptable and each participant can make sense of the content in personalized reflections that are relevant to the cultural, national and societal variations that exist between the 15 participants from 15 different countries. 100% of participants expressed that the training was successful in this regard.
The findings from the evaluation reports on a very successful training. There is an overall sense that the skills acquired at the training, will contribute to an increase in the quality of Alliance members work, and enable them to raise funds, identify and implement relevant advocacy projects in their country within in key areas, that leads to relevant advocacy projects and relevant law changes. Alliance Advocates also made robust action plans to take their work forward in their countries. Regular updates and progress logs will be undertaken to track progress.
More information about the Alliance Empowerment Program can be found at the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety's website.
Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, Administrative Direcor