An international road safety lobbying group has published a new report featuring a series of case studies showing what can be achieved by non-government organisations (NGOs).
The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (the Alliance) launched ‘Walking the Talk’ at an international child health and mobility conference in London yesterday (5 Oct).
Walking the Talk outlines ‘what can be achieved with strategic investment in road safety NGOs’, through a series of stories of individuals ‘gaining new skills and mind-sets, and, as a result, NGOs becoming more visible and effective’.
Examples cited in the publication include a national seat belt campaign in Tunisia ‘which saw road deaths decrease by 35% in two months’, and infrastructure improvements that have reduced road injuries around five schools in Addis Ababa.
The Alliance says road crashes account for 1.25 million deaths each year and are the number one cause of death for 15–29-year-olds. Without intervention, road crashes are projected to be the seventh leading cause of death globally by 2030.
The Alliance says it is using an ‘empowerment program’ to equip NGOs to ‘take a more evidence-based, goal-oriented, and strategic approach to their work’.
Lotte Brondum, executive director of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, said: “NGOs are the ears, eyes, and voice of the global road safety problem on our roads.
“The Alliance Empowerment Program is demonstrating how, with strategic training and investment, the effectiveness of these NGOs can be magnified and produce measurable results.
“Walking the Talk shows the impact the Empowerment Program has had on our NGOs, and what differences it has made in their work.”
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