Background Each year, more than 1.2 million people die on the world’s roads and tens of millions are seriously injured. Traffic crashes are currently the number one killer of young people aged 14–29, and the eighth leading cause of death among all people worldwide. However, these devastating consequences are preventable, and NGOs play a critical role in reducing the impact of traffic crashes in their communities and around the world. However, many NGOs still struggle to reach their full impact due to a lacking of training and expertise in critical operational areas including project management, fundraising, etc.
Objective To improve NGO capacity to implement effective road safety programs, FedEx and the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, which represents more than 140 NGOs from over 70 countries, have partnered to develop a targeted training program for road safety NGOs. The FedEx Global Road Safety Training Program focuses on key areas for programatic improvement including: project management; fundraising and proposal writing; research, monitoring and evaluation; communications; and more. Specifically, the Training Program includes face-to-face training workshops conducted in key regions of the world, as well the development of public webinars, online tool-kits, and mentor programs for NGOs. This program is expected to improve NGOs’ ability to design and implement effective programs to advocate for road safety and reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities in their localities.
Results Currently, the Alliance is conducting a needs assessment among member NGOs to gather information on area-specific weaknesses of members, to inform the specific content of the Training Program. The Training Program will formally launch at the 2nd High-Level Conference on Road Safety in Brazil on 18–19 November 2015. The Training Program will be systematically monitored and evaluated to determine the effectiveness of the Training Program in improving member NGOs capacity to design and implement road safety programs with measurable results.
Conclusions NGOs have significant potential to reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities and advocate for road safety by implementing community programs, but many NGOs lack training in key operational areas to ensure the effectiveness of their programs. The FedEx Global Road Safety Training Program will provide this training to road safety NGOs around the world.
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