Description/achievement of initiative
This partnership is designed to build a coalition of country and donor support for the objective of a safe and healthy journey to school for all children by 2030. The Global Initiative focuses on three key rights of the child:• Safe, accessible mobility to promote equity and combat poverty;• Clean air and a healthy environment for all children;• The role of safe and healthy mobility in enabling the right to an education.It is designed to fill a gap in the global development and environment agendas, addressing the specific needs and rights of children in relation to mobility.
The overall deliverable of building a coalition of country and donor support for the objective of a safe and healthy journey to school for all children by 2030 (‘healthy’ defined as travel on equivalent of a minimum ‘3 star’ for safety, low carbon, breathable journey) will be achieved through the implementation of of urban design change; promoting safe footpaths, cycle lanes and lower speed limits; motorcycle helmet and seat belt use and safe & affordable public transport; and supporting policy and technical interventions designed to bring air quality levels within WHO health guidelines. The following are specific examples of how partners in the Global Initiative can support and implement efforts to improve mobility for children:1. At the global level, the Global Initiative will engage in global advocacy, through advocacy reports, research papers, media relations, events, and UN processes such as Habitat III. Financial and technical support will include applied research, program grants, and connections to other partnerships such as the UN Road Safety Collaboration. 2. At the national level, national partners such as governments, cities, NGOs, and UN offices will: work with local partners to build evidence and case studies; finance and partner on applied research to demonstrate solutions; support regional and national programs highlighting child health connections; support national advocacy for integration of child health in relevant policy; and use existing technical partnership so explicitly promote child health.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Global Initiatives partners will meet regularly to promote collaboration, and organizations will help each other build capacity and engage in tech transfer. When multiple organizations work in one area, that capacity building will extend beyond the organizations, to the partners and beneficiaries in the field. This capacity building and tech transfer will result in the following outcomes:1. Globally (short/immediate term): Increased awareness of the child health link to urban/mobility policies; increased ownership of the issue within partner organizations; new partners and funding sources2. Nationally (short/immediate term): Build/enable coalitions to advocate for child health/mobility policies; build and prove evidence/solutions; change legislation, drive implementation3. Long term: Mainstream child health & mobility issues into global development policies, with sustainable funding; integrate child rights and health outcomes into national/city level policy and practices
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The Global Initiative will be hosted at and coordinated by the FIA Foundation. It will operate as a partnership, with a focus on global and national advocacy, research, and program implementation. Initially this will be based around FIA Foundation-funded activities with each partner, with the objective of promoting collaboration between multiple partners within the Global Initiative and then attracting new partners and donors to expand activity.
FIA Foundation, United Nations Environment Program, UNICEF, World Resources Institute, Overseas Development Institute, Save the Children