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First Alliance Advocate cohort graduates.

6 September 2016

The Alliance Advocate training give 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 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 accidents 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.  

The Alliance Advocates were selected through a rigorous, competitive, application process among Alliance member NGOs to be Alliance Advocates.

“Road Safety is a priority at FedEx, and we are pleased to support the work of those who are committed to helping save lives and develop solutions that responsibly and sustainably make our roads safer” said Shane O’Connor, Communications Advisor, FedEx Global Citizenship.
 

 

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