The Africa Chapter of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety was launched in November 2018 as a means of uniting road safety NGOs in Africa more closely, harnessing their joint experience, building their capacity and amplifying their advocacy voices with their governments. Read the press release from the launch HERE and more about the 1st African Road Safety Forum HERE.
Why the Africa Chapter?
The Africa region’s economy is growing faster than any other continent’s. Regrettably, this success brings some serious and painful consequences: Africa has 2% of the world’s cars but 16% of the world’s road deaths, and more than 300,000 people lose their lives in road traffic crashes in the region every year, while thousands more are injured.
NGOs are at the forefront of efforts in Africa to save lives on the roads—working with communities and government, leading projects and campaigns, and advocating for road safety policies.
The need to grow the NGO movement in Africa is urgent: to raise their collective voice about the problem, advocate for sustainable solutions, and strengthen their capacity to deliver evidence-based programs, road safety management, financing, and research.
The Alliance is well-placed to co-ordinate this action. With 60 NGOs across 25 countries in Africa, we equip, mobilize, and connect NGOs. The Africa Chapter will enable us to step up action in the continent.
What are the principles of the Africa Chapter?
We have been consulting with our NGOs in Africa on an action brief that is based on a recent survey of NGOs regarding their perspectives on the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020.
The action brief will inform the Africa Chapter’s work plas. The brief calls for governments to:
- Take the lead in road safety, through political ownership, long-term vision, and strategic leadership
- Put people first in road safety actions and involve NGOs; they are often the eyes, ears, and voice of their communities
- Scale up financing for road safety
- Base actions on evidence and act accountably.
What will the Africa Chapter do?
The activities of the Africa Chapter will be defined based on a needs assessment to be completed among Alliance member NGOs in the region but will include networking opportunities, joint campaigns, and training opportunities.
The Alliance will provide leadership but members will be responsible for sustainability of the Africa Chapter.
What are the next steps?
- December 2018: Finalize action brief for dissemination in early 2019
- December 2018 – January 2019: Carry out needs assessment among members
- April 2018: Operationalize Africa Chapter at the Global Meeting
How can I get involved with the Africa Chapter?
If you are a member of the Alliance in Africa, you will automatically receive communications about the Africa Chapter. Otherwise, please click HERE to register your interest.