Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport

The formula for success in tackling road safety

EASST is an independent UK-registered charity whose mission is to save lives and prevent injuries by making road transport safer, greener and more sustainable for future generations. Since its establishment in 2009-10, EASST has built a vibrant network of NGOs across Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia - contributing to significant reforms in the region and to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.  

Safe roads have a vital role to play in economic development, allowing the safe movement of people and vehicles required for investment, trade and tourism. However in countries of concern to EASST, treating road casualties is imposing an increasingly unbearable burden on health and social services, while unsafe road transport is inhibiting both economic and social development.

Much of the money being invested by the donor community in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is intended for road rehabilitation. Unfortunately, an emphasis on quick results in the past has meant that some roads built with donor money have not been safe roads. Increased motorisation, increased speed and poor road design have, in some cases, produced new roads which are far more lethal than the old roads they replaced. EASST is working to ensure a proportion of the finance planned for road improvements is used to promote safe road design and safe road use.

EASST concentrates its efforts in a region where road deaths are particularly high in Eastern European countries, particularly in the South Caucasus, and Central Asia. According to the WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015, data for ten EASST partner countries (excluding Ukraine, where no data was submitted) showed an average fatality rate of 15.9 people per 100,000 population, compared with just 2.9 in the United Kingdom. Highest casualty rates were to be found in Kazakhstan (24.2 per 100,00) and Kyrgyzstan (22.0).

EASST is a UK-registered charity with a small Board of Trustees and an Advisory Board of partner organisations all active in promoting road safety. We remain bound by the laws of the UK, including the Charities Act 1993 (as amended by the Charities Act 2006) and Bribery Act 2010. We take a zero tolerance approach to bribery and this is set out in our Anti-bribery and Corruption Policy.

In 2013, EASST was granted consultative status with the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations enabling us to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies. Further information about ECOSOC can be found here: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/.

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