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Share the Road’s overall goal is to catalyse government and donor policies for systematic investments in walking and cycling road infrastructure and therefore our primary stakeholders are government and donors. However, StR also recognizes the importance and vital role of the ever growing third sector; the part of society comprising non-governmental and non-profit-making organizations or associations, including civil society, charities, voluntary and community groups, cooperatives, etc.

There are many sustainable development challenges that we face today, but a strong third sector is one means to help address these challenges. The third sector is critical in promoting the interests of the citizens, particularly in promoting and supporting positive development.

This page supports third sector organizations (TSO’s) working in the area of NMT and road safety, although some advice may also be useful to a broader number of TSO’s working on transport issues and even broader issues. It is envisaged that support and tools will cover a wide range of areas, including guidance and training documents, toolkits, and possibly funding and consultation opportunities. If you have any content which you would like to be shared on this page please contact us at

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Examples of ways of working, participating and consulting involving Civil Society Organizations (NMT/Road Safety or otherwise) that have shown positive results which can be used by other organizations, aswell as reports and analysis of civil society best practice.


Kenyan Civil Society Partnership Forum – as Part of the Global South to South Expo 2013
The Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) supports sustainable and equitable development through the showcasing and transfer of Southern-led development solutions to address the need to meet Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Full details on the Expo can be found at

As part of the Expo, the UNEP Transport Unit hosted the ‘Kenya Civil Society Partnership Forum - Non Motorized Transport and Road Safety’. Over forty third sector organizations (TSO's) attended; and although representation was primarily from Kenya, partners from Uganda and the USA were able to support global knowledge sharing as part of the Share the Road Programme.

The forum acts as an example of best practice by demonstrating effective ways of bringing together TSO's to discuss approaches and strategies for achieving sustainable urban mobility through collaborative and partnership working. As a result of the forum, UNEP supported the establishment of Kenya’s fist Civil Society Network for NMT and Road Safety.

Click here for forum documents including:

Review of Current Practices of Stakeholder Engagement in Multilateral Organisations
Click here for document

Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP),
An international civil society campaign advocating for debt relief and greater aid to poor countries. In 2008, GCAP is estimated to have mobilized more than 116 million citizens to participate in the Stand up against poverty events held in cities throughout the world. Generally recognized as one of the world’s biggest and most successful Civil Society campaigns.

Co-operation of the Assembly of Kosovo with Civil Society, 2013

Civil Society: An Insight into Best Practice in Tajikistan, Agha Khan Development Network, 2007

The Collaboration Prize
Collaboration Prize is a national award presented to nonprofit organizations that collaborate effectively to gain greater impact.


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Examples of individuals, groups and/or organizations who have connected or joined together in order to achieve common goals.

Kenyan Civil Society Network for NMT & Road Safety (CIVNET)
The not-for-profit Kenyan CIVNET was formed in December 2013 with support and guidance from the Share the Road Programme. They are a structured membership network made up of Civil Society organizations with a remit for Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) and/or Road Safety in Kenya. 

The UNEP Transport Unit (through the Share the Road Programme) hosted a partnership forum for over forty third sector organizations working in the area of NMT and Road Safety to discuss how to achieve sustainable urban mobility through collaborative and partnership working. As a result of the forum the Share the Road Programme supported establishment of the CIVNET.

CIVNET exists to:

  • provide a mechanism for a critical mass of civil society organizations to engage with each other and other likeminded institutions or actors (including citizens, government, UN agencies, donors, etc) in order to
  • be fully engaged in all affairs (including policy development, initiatives, decision making, etc) which affect NMT and Road Safety in Kenya so that as a network we have an active role in shaping the transport related policy development and decision making in Kenya.
  • develop and implement approaches and strategies for achieving safe and sustainable mobility through collaborative and partnership working.

Click here for the network manifesto.

Kenya Civil Society Portal for Health – Institutional Strengthening
A comprehensive portal bringing together civil society organizations in Kenya with a focus on improved health and wellbeing for Kenyan’s. Compiles a broad array of information in the area of institutional capacity building for civil society.

The East African Civil Society Organizations’ Forum
An autonomous umbrella body of all Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and CSOs in East Africa, with the primary objective of building a critical mass of knowledgeable and empowered civil society in the region, in order to foster their confidence and capacity in articulating grassroots needs and interests to the EAC, and its various organs, institutions and agencies.

The Civil Society Organization Network for Western and Nyanza Province (CSO Network) has been operating as a Network of civil society organization since 1999 with its offices in Kisumu. It covers both Western and Nyanza Province. The CSO Network has grown in stature and reputation, with a large participation from different development actors from the CBO, NGO and research institutions operating within the region.

African NGO Network for Road Safety
Composed of national African associations of road traffic victims, including families of those killed and disabled, and has links to similar associations worldwide.

Civil Society Network on Climate Change
In a bid to have a common understanding and have a participation of all different sectors dealing with climate change a Civil Society Network Climate Change (CISONECC) was formed.

Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) – Civil Society Network
A web portal devoted to non-governmental organizations in association with the United Nations

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There is a multitude of knowledge already in existence (including websites, capacity building tools, standards, etc.) that can help to build the capacity and knowledge of Civil Society organizations. To promote the most efficient use of these resources and to limit duplication of effort, our web page brings together key resources in one location.

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Safer Nairobi Initiative

Safer Nairobi Initiative is a multi-stakeholder platform for people interested in developing innovative, inclusive and community based strategy for crime prevention in Nairobi. Having started its operation in 2004 following the development of Nairobi’s crime prevention for Urban Safety Strategy, the SNI has been actively involved in its approach in security matters in Nairobi through social crime prevention among others.

Digital Matatus - Nairobi Public Transit Map and Data

The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA) in collaboration with the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD) of the Earth Institute at Columbia University has published a new comprehensive Nairobi Public Transport Map and Data. Experts from University of Nairobi, School of Computing and Informatics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology collected the data and built the map through a project on public transit which also involves CSUD and Groupshot.

The Sustainable Urban Transport Project

Policy-makers are facing demands to meet the changing mobility needs of citizens in ways which are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. The Sustainable Urban Transport Project (GIZ-SUTP) aims to help developing world cities achieve their sustainable transport goals, through the dissemination of information about international experience, policy advice, training and capacity building.

GIZ Sourcebook on Sustainable Urban Transport

The GIZ Sourcebook on Sustainable Urban Transport addresses the key areas of a sustainable transport policy framework for a developing city (such as institutional and policy development, land use planning, demand management, transit, walking and cycling and BRT Planning). The Sourcebook consists of 30 modules. All modules are available in English and some of them are also available in other languages, mainly Spanish, Chinese while some other are available in Ukrainian, Romanian, Portuguese, French, Vietnamese and Korean. The Sourcebook is also complemented by a series of training documents, technical documents and other material.

CAPSUT (Capacity Building for Sustainable Urban Transport)

An international platform, dedicated to capacity building in sustainable urban transport. It has been created, maintained by GIZ-SUTP (Sustainable Urban Transport Project) and has contributions from various partners worldwide that range from bilateral and multilateral organizations to academia, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders.

Project for Public Spaces (PPS)

A nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Our pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs

Road Safety Fund

The Road Safety Fund has a simple mission: To invest in the preventative measures that are proven to reduce the risk or severity of road injury. Invest in the people and the skills that can provide sustainable paths to safety. Supporting the implementation of the United Nations' Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, they direct funds and facilitate alliances for a range of donors – companies, governments and philanthropies – to support road injury prevention programmes in countries and communities working to defeat this growing epidemic of road death and injury.

PEERVoice Blog

A web-based resource used by the PeerCorps Network to inform, educate and inspire. The PeerCorps Network is a consortium of four independent non-governmental organizations (NGO). Based in Colombia, USA, Tanzania and Paraguay, the Network is broadly active in the areas of community safety, rural development and education.

Car Free Day Support

World Carfree Network is the hub of the global carfree movement, which promotes alternatives to car dependence and automobile-based planning, and works to improve quality of life for all. The idea is to build a decentralised, structured network in which anyone agreeing with the goals of the network can take an active part. The network aims to provide a voice for its members at the international level, and to create a framework for its members' international projects. A wide variety of free resources to support car free day planning and implementation are available.

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United Nations - Civil Society Support

The United Nations is both a participant in and a witness to an increasingly global civil society. More and more, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other civil society organizations (CSOs) are UN system partners and valuable UN links to civil society. CSOs play a key role at major United Nations Conferences and are indispensable partners for UN efforts at the country level. NGOs are consulted on UN policy and programme matters. The UN organizes and hosts, on a regular basis, briefings, meetings and conferences for NGO representatives who are accredited to UN offices, programmes and agencies.

United Nations - Department of Public Information Oversees

The NGO Section of the Department of Public Information oversees partnerships with associated NGOs and provides a wide range of information services to them. These include weekly NGO briefings, communication workshops, an annual NGO conference and an annual orientation programme for newly associated NGOs.

This publication offers guidance on how to become (and the benefits of becoming) a DPI recognized NGO

United Nations - Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Has developed web portal devoted to non-governmental organizations in association with the United Nations, and to members of United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, to promote best practices in the field of economic and social development. Serves 3,900 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and over 31,000 other NGOs working with the United Nations

United Nations - Integrated Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) System

Developed by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), facilitates interactions between civil society organizations and DESA.

United Nations – Road Safety Collaboration

In April 2004, the United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES58/289 on “Improving global road safety” invited WHO, working in close cooperation with the United Nations regional commissions, to act as coordinator on road safety issues across the United Nations system. The World Health Assembly accepted this invitation in May 2004 and WHO subsequently set up the UN Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) which holds biannual meetings to discuss global road safety issues

World Bank List of Civil Society Organizations

The World Bank interacts with thousands of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) throughout the world at the global, regional, and country levels.  These CSOs include NGOs, trade unions, faith-based organizations, indigenous peoples movements, foundations and many other. These interactions range from CSOs who critically monitor the Bank’s work and engage the Bank in policy discussions, to those which actively collaborate with the Bank in operational activities.  There are many examples of active partnerships in the areas of forest conservation, AIDS vaccines, rural poverty, micro-credit, and internet development.   Below are links to some of the Bank’s civil society interlocutors. 

Civil Society Publications on the World Bank

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Transport Research Laboratory UK
TRL is an internationally recognized centre of excellence providing world-class research, consultancy, product testing covering all aspects of transport. TRL has one of the world's most comprehensive collections of transport books, journals and reports, with TRL publishing many reports a year on a wide range of transport-related subjects.

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)

Works with cities worldwide to bring about sustainable transport solutions that cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce poverty, and improve the quality of urban life. ITDP's publications support their work implementing sustainable urban development around the world. ITDP produces a range of materials for use by governments, industry professionals, and the public. Their work includes establishing industry standards, highlighting best practices, producing reports and recommendations on specific policies and projects, and raising awareness through informational articles and multimedia. Their work provides the tools for local actors to design and advocate for progressive transport solutions.

World Health Organization

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. Within their injury prevention programme, WHO has a whose of resources available in the area of road safety. Some are listed below.

World Health Organization - Global status report on road safety 2013

Presents information on road safety from 182 countries, accounting for almost 99% of the world’s population. The report indicates that worldwide the total number of road traffic deaths remains unacceptably high at 1.24 million per year. Only 28 countries, covering 7% of the world’s population, have comprehensive road safety laws on five key risk factors: drinking and driving, speeding, and failing to use motorcycle helmets, seat-belts, and child restraints.

World Health Organization- Road Safety Media Library

To increase public awareness of road safety laws and persuade the public to abide by them, governments complement legislation and enforcement with the broadcasting of mass media campaigns. This library offers a selection of road safety mass media campaigns to encourage and inspire those developing such campaigns.

Centre for Sustainable Urban Development

The Center for Sustainable Urban Development was launched in 2005 with support from the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF)’s Future Urban Transport (FUT) Initiative. As one of eight VREF Centers of Excellence (CoE), CSUD seeks to understand the complexity of interactions between land use and transport through research and education, including student and professional training programs. CSUD’s current project site is located in the Nairobi Metropolitan Region, Kenya. The website offers many resources including published work and working papers relevant to sustainable urban development.

The African Centre of Excellence for Studies in Public and Non-motorised Transport (ACET)

Established in 2008 under the Future Urban Transport programme of the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF). Out of a global network of eight Centres of Excellence in transport funded through this programme, ACET is the first to be based in Africa.

ACET is comprised of interacting academics and funded postgraduate research students from three main partner universities: the University of Cape Town; the University of Dar es Salaam; and the University of Nairobi. Collectively the partners represent a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, planners and social scientists with a shared interest in urban passenger transport systems.

The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA)

An autonomous public institute that was established in May 1997 through a Legal Notice and commenced operations in June 1999. In January 2007, His Excellency the President signed the KIPPRA Bill into law and the KIPPRA Act No. 15 of 2006 commenced on 1st February 2007. The KIPPRA website has a resource centre including a library, publications and video’s.

The International Institute for Legislative Affairs (ILA) is a not for profit organisation that offers technical support to government departments, Members of Parliament and other stakeholders in the legislative process in terms of research, drafting of legislation and lobbying. ILA also engages in public education and awareness campaigns to educate the public on proposed and current legislation.

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One of the biggest challenges for third sector Organizations is lack of funding. This section provides links to funding resources and opportunities.


United Nations Democracy Fund

Established by the Secretary-General in July 2005 as a UN General Trust Fund. Supported by 36 Member States, its chief function is funding projects that strengthen the voice of civil society in democratic processes around the world. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations -- both in the transition and consolidation phases of democratization.

Global Road Safety Partnership

Initiated in early 2012, the grants programme is part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme and is managed and administered by the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP). Proposals will be accepted from organizations working in the nine selected countries: Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Turkey and Vietnam.

The Road Safety Grants Programme aims to strengthen the capacity of NGOs as they advocate for improvements in road safety policies, and work to reduce death and serious injury resulting from road crashes. Priority consideration will be given to high-quality project proposals that focus on risk factors identified by the Grants Programme in the selected nine countries.

Rockefeller Foundation

Has the aim of promoting the well-being of humanity throughout the world. They pursue this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare 

The Foundation operates both within the United States and around the world. The Foundation's efforts are overseen by an independent Board of Trustees and managed by its president through a leadership team drawn from scholarly, scientific, and professional disciplines. A whole section of their website is dedicated to resources for grantseekers.

Foundation Centre

The Foundation Center is a source of information on private philanthropy in the United States. They help grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public better understand the field of philanthropy. There websit includes sections on help with proposal writing, tools for locating prospective funders, news and research on the field, and a library of training.

African Grant Makers Affinity Group

Is a resource for foundations and their staff members to enable them to be more effective in their work so that they, in turn, can better serve their grantees in Africa. The website also includes a whole resource section for grant seekers.


A non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.


Kiva Zip is a pilot program, launched by Kiva, that enables you to make direct loans to entrepreneurs in Kenya and the United States. You can make or receive a loan for as little as $5. Over time, as your loan is repaid, you get your money back, and you can then withdraw it, or relend it to another entrepreneur. This pilot is currently operating in USA and Kenya only.

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News and events particularly relevant to Civil Society organizations.

The World Urban Forum, 5-11 April 2014, Columbia

The World Urban Forum (WUF) is a non-legislative technical forum convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), hosted in a different city every two years, to examine the most pressing issues facing the world today in the area of human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It is the World’s Premier Conference on Cities.  Participation in the World Urban Forum is open to representatives of national governments, local authorities and other Habitat Agenda partners from all over the world. The latter mainly include the parliamentarians, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, human settlement professionals, research institutions and academies of science, the private, business and non-profit sectors, foundations, relevant UN organizations, multilateral finance institutions and other international agencies.

East African Regional Conference on Safer Communities, 19-21 November 2014, Tanzania

The conference is intended for all interested persons and institutions working in the areas of safety promotion and injury/violence prevention at community, regional and/or national levels. The target groups are practitioners, researchers, law enforcement, military personnel, policy makers, community health workers, non-governmental organizations, insurance agencies and human rights groups.

Call for abstracts

The Scientific Committee of EARSCC 2014 welcomes abstract submissions from all relevant sectors of safety promotion and injury prevention practice. This includes works from individuals, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, university-based research groups and the private sector.

The World Social Forum, 2014 dates to be confirmed

An annual meeting of civil society organizations, first held in Brazil, which offers a self-conscious effort to develop an alternative future through the championing of counter-hegemonic globalization. Some consider the World Social Forum to be a physical manifestation of global civil society, as it brings together non-governmental organizations, advocacy campaigns as well as formal and informal social movements seeking international solidarity. The World Social Forum prefers to define itself as "an opened space – plural, diverse, non-governmental and non-partisan – that stimulates the decentralized debate, reflection, proposals building, experiences exchange and alliances among movements and organizations engaged in concrete actions towards a more solidarity, democratic and fair world....a permanent space and process to build alternatives to neoliberalism."

Economist article, rich countries have cut deaths and injuries caused by crashes. But the toll is growing in the developing world, 25 January 2014

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