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Child Health Initiative
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.

Implementation methodologies

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
Progress reports
Goal 3
Goal 7
Goal 11
Goal 13
Support national implementation of safe road infrastructure
Support national implementation of improved air quality
Support national implementation of access to walking and cycling facilities
Regular engagement and monitoring of activities
Other, please specify
Grantmaking - FIA Foundation: The Foundation has grants with each partner, including World Resources Institute and Save the Children (not listed below), and will be the lead funder/partner of this initiative. For example, the Foundation has given UNICEF $
Staff / Technical expertise
Overseas Development Institute: The FIA Foundation is supporting a two year ODI research program on the political economy of sustainable urban transport, which will identify and promote practical strategies to deliver safe, clean and child-centered mobili
Staff / Technical expertise
UNEP: UNEP’s ‘Share the Road’ Initiative supported by the FIA Foundation (and also by GIZ, DFID, Netherlands) is promoting policy and technical solutions for active mobility, and provision of pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure, including ‘safe to schoo
Staff / Technical expertise
UNICEF: Two-year global road safety partnership with the FIA Foundation, building global and national advocacy on the rights of children in relation to road traffic injuries and safe mobility

Basic information
Time-frame: 06/2016 - 2030
FIA Foundation, United Nations Environment Program, UNICEF, World Resources Institute, Overseas Development Institute, Save the Children
Contact information
Natalie Draisin, US Manager, n.draisin@fiafoundation.org
United Nations