Road safety action by sixteen NGOs
Opportunities and challenges for NGOs working on road safety in Ibero-America
Road safety is a collective responsibility which cannot be ignored and which we should be taking active steps to implement, without becoming resigned to the harsh statistics. With this in mind, several different civil movements have been created to try to bring an end to the scourge of road traffic accidents. In Ibero-America, several civil associations have joined together to form FICVI (Federación Iberoamericana de Asociaciones de Víctimas contra la Violencia Vial) (Ibero-American Federation of Victims’ Associations against Road Violence), a fundamental voice in decrying the lack of road safety policies in their countries.
The Caracterización de las ONG enfocadas en Seguridad Vial report was drafted based on and thanks to the support of sixteen organizations from twelve different countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela which make up the Ibero-American Federation of Victims’ Associations against Road Violence (FICVI).
The study has made an introspective and critical analysis of the situation of each of the associations and of their strengths and weaknesses with a view to strengthening all actions which create added-value in society and to their cause, which is none other than to reach ZERO VICTIMS in road traffic incidents.
Within a global context in which official aid has been decreasing, these NGOs have moved to find new forms of sustainability, ranging from membership loyalty, charging for their services or relying on Government aid. The study also addresses the need for financial resources in order for organizations to be able to carry out their initiatives.