Last week, the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety graduated its first Alliance Advocate cohort. The graduates completed a state-of-the-art training course at FedEx Headquarters from 23 August to 1 September in Memphis, Tennessee, US.

The two-week programme aims to build the capacity of non-governmental Road Safety organisations around the world. Among the participants was Lika Merabishvilli from EASST’s Georgian partner, the Partnership for Road Safety, whilst our Armenian partner and advisor from the National Road Safety Council, Poghos Shahinyan, was there as one of the three trainers. Of the training Poghos has said:

“It is a very practical and interactive training, where participants get thorough knowledge of the primary steps of advocacy, insights into developing an advocacy message, and how to organise coalitions to achieve their advocacy goal. Participants are introduced to the concept of ‘power mapping’, helping them to introduce to understand and identify their target audiences in policy making as well as how to reach them. The training also includes Masterclass sessions, taught by professionals in leadership, media relations, and grass roots activism.”

EASST offers its congratulations to all of the new Alliance Advocates.

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