Developing human capacity in road safety is a vital ingredient for ensuring local sustainability. The FIA Foundation’s Road Safety Leadership Initiative supports training for future leaders in road safety from governments, NGOs and police forces in middle and low income countries, and from international institutions.
Building on several years of running our successful Road Safety Scholarship Programme, the FIA Foundation is now partnering with the Delft Road Safety Courses for an annual two-week intensive course covering the ‘Safe System’ approach to implementing road safety. The course also covers areas including effective advocacy, partnership building and fundraising. This forms the core element of the Leadership Initiative. We also support road safety training for officials from FIA member automobile clubs through course elements of the FIA University, and have facilitated funding for other road safety training courses around the world.
Our Leadership Initiative is also proud to host the Zenani Mandela Scholars, two young South African road safety leaders chosen to participate each year by the South African Department of Transport. This bursary has been established by the FIA Foundation in memory of Zenani Mandela, the great-granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, who lost her life in a car crash in 2010, and with the support of her mother Zoleka Mandela.
As part of the Road Safety Leadership Initiative, we are also providing a blog platform for ‘Voices of Youth’, young road safety advocates, to highlight their particular experiences and perspectives on this global epidemic that is the leading killer of young people worldwide.