The Global Initiative for Child Health & Mobility operates as a collaborative partnership, with a focus on global and national advocacy, research, and programme implementation.
Our objective is to provide a voice for the particular needs and rights of children within transportation and urban mobility policymaking; to highlight the serious and costly health impacts on the young of unsafe roads and air pollution; and to demonstrate, through applied research, programmatic support and technical assistance, the many effective solutions that are available. Read more about our mission.
The United Nation’s child rights organisation has established a global road safety partnership with the FIA Foundation, building global and national advocacy on the rights of children in regard to road traffic injuries and safe mobility. Read the UNICEF/FIA Foundation report ‘Safe to Learn: A Safe Journey to School is a Child’s Right’.
The UN Environment Programme is contributing to the Global Initiative in two key ways. UNEP’s ‘Share the Road’ Initiative supported by the FIA Foundation (and also by the German development agency GIZ, UK DFID, and the Government of the Netherlands) is promoting policy and technical solutions for active mobility, and provision of pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure, including ‘safe to school’ components. UNEP’s Partnership for Clean Fuels & Vehicles is working with authorities to improve fuel quality, I&M regimes, and vehicle standards to improve local air quality.
The UK's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues is coordinating a research programme focussed on the political economy of sustainable urban transport – how decisions are taken, how alliances are built - which will identify and promote practical strategies to deliver safe, clean, low-carbon and child-centred mobility in cities.
The leading international NGO for child rights and welfare is advocating globally for safe mobility rights for children as part of its strategy to support delivery of the SDG agenda. This includes building on Save the Children’s ‘7% Project’ road safety advocacy and research initiative in Thailand, co-funded by Save the Children, FIA Foundation and corporate partners including Allianz.
The World Resources Institute is working with cities across the world to implement safe system street design principles, with many child safety benefits, based on the Bloomberg Philanthropies-funded ‘Cities Safer By Design’ report. WRI is the leading global advocate for safe and sustainable, low carbon, urban mobility.
The UK-based international charity hosts and coordinates the Global Initiative. In addition to providing funding support to each of the other partners, the Foundation also supports the following global and regional partners delivering applied research, legislative campaigns and advocacy focused on child health and mobility:
Working in Sub-Saharan Africa to deliver and evaluate safe routes to school initiatives, including provision of local street design changes, pedestrian facilities and traffic calming.
Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation:
Leading child injury prevention programmes in South East Asia and China, focussing on pedestrian safety and motorcycle helmet wearing.
Eastern Alliance for Safe & Sustainable Transport (EASST):
Working in Eastern Europe and former CIS countries, EASST supports national NGO partners in legislative
International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP):
Working in more than seventy countries to inspect highway and street safety and promote and facilitate road safety infrastructure design improvements for all road users.
Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA):
Through grants to national autoclubs, supporting advocacy initiatives and demonstration projects with a child safety focus.
Gonzalo Rodriquez Foundation:
Providing practical training on child restraint systems, promoting legislation on seat belts for school buses and advocating for child safety across Latin America.
Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP):
Delivering independent vehicle crash tests in Latin America, India and SE Asia, including child restraint system tests and advocacy for child-friendly active and passive safety regulations and technologies.
Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP):
With co-funding from Johnson & Johnson / Janssen Pharmecuticals, GRSP is partnering with the Global Initiative on applied research testing the impact of safe routes to school in South Africa.
US National Center for Safe Routes to School:
The US is a leader in funding Safe Routes to School programmes. Working with the Highway Safety Research Center at the University of North Carolina, we are supporting an ‘Initiative to Safe Young Pedestrians’ Lives in the USA’, which engages city mayors and the nascent ‘Vision Zero’ movement.