Our Work

Amend works with development agencies, foundations, private sector companies and governments to deliver safe and healthy journeys in developing countries.

We have run projects in more than a dozen countries, and with offices in Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania, we have a strong focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

Our work involves everything from scientific research, to the provision of safe infrastructure, engineering, education, trainings, advocacy and more.

The easiest way to understand our work is to have a browse through some of our current and past projects.

You can find selection of our projects in chronological order below, or sort by country or project type via the map and menu.

  • Safe and Healthy Journeys to School in Africa
    • Advocacy
    • Education
    • Infrastructure
    • Ghana
    • Tanzania

    Project Budget: €200,000 EUR

    Dates: January to December 2020

    Funding Partner: FIA Foundation

     

     

     

    Amend and the FIA Foundation continued our more than decade long partnership in 2020 with a project containing the following activities:

     

    • An Amend School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements (SARSAI) implementation at Oblogo Cluster of schools in Accra, Ghana where several children have been killed and many injured in the last two years. We held a ribbon-cutting event at the school in March 2020 that was attended by Zoleka Mandela and other luminaries.
    • A SARSAI implementation at a school in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where children are at high risk of road traffic injury. The school has many disabled children and there will be a special focus on accessibility for them. Ribbon-cutting event slated for August 2020.
    • Testing of innovative infrastructure solutions tailored for the African context, including different types of road marking paints and road construction materials.
    • Consulting for the World Bank on projects such as the Dar es Salaam Development Project to ensure that the lifesaving infrastructure measures contained in SARSAI are incorporated in World Bank financed roads projects.

     

     

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  • Safe School Infrastructure and 30km/h School Zone Advocacy
    • Advocacy
    • Education
    • Infrastructure
    • Botswana
    • Malawi
    • Namibia
    • Zambia

    Project Budget: $230,000 USD

    Dates: January 2017 to December 2020

    Funding Partner: FedEx

     

     

     

    Over a three year period Amend and FedEx have partnered to implement Amend’s lifesaving School Area Road Safety Assessment (SARSAI) infrastructure program around schools and advocate for safe 30 km/h school zones in Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, and Zambia.

    High risk schools in Gaborone, Botswana; Lilongwe, Malawi; Windhoek, Namibia; and Lusaka, Zambia received SARSAI and ribbon-cutting events welcomed attendees such as the First Lady of Botswana and the regional governor in Namibia.

    The project produced two significant advocacy breakthroughs: regulation changes in Windhoek, Namibia and Lusaka, Zambia mandating that all school zones in the cities have a maximum speed limits of 30 km/h. Events were held to celebrate these important regulation changes.

     

    2017 report here. 2018 report here. 2019-20 report pending.

     

     

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  • Road Safety Activities on the High Volume Transport Applied Research Programme
    • Advocacy
    • Education
    • Science
    • Malawi
    • Tanzania

    Project Budget: £90,000 GBP

    Dates: January to October 2020

    Funding Partner: High Volume Transport Applied Research Programme, funded by UK DFID

     

     

     

    The HVT programme is supporting Amend to undertake a number of road safety activities:

     

    • Attendance at the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm, in February 2020
    • Strengthening civil society on road safety in Malawi, training and supporting a local organization to deliver road safety education and establish Kids’ Courts
    • Establishing a Kids’ High Court in Tanzania, through which children will influence the design of new roads
    • Investigations into innovative infrastructure for non-motorized user safety, looking at appropriate traffic calming measures for African cities

     

     

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  • Safe and Healthy Journeys to School for Children and Adolescents in Tanga, Tanzania
    • Advocacy
    • Education
    • Science
    • Tanzania

    Project Budget: 400,000 CHF

    Dates: September 2019 to August 2021

    Funding Partner: Fondation Botnar

     

     

     

    At almost 40% of primary schools in Tanga City at least one child has been injured on the roads in the past 12 months. Through this project, we will improve road safety for children and adolescents in Tanga City, thereby allowing them – and the city’s general population – to benefit from safe and healthy journeys. The project will involve the following activities:

     

    • Pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure improvements around schools
    • Tailored road safety education for children and adolescents
    • School road safety clubs
    • Road safety ‘Kids’ Courts’
    • Bicycle training for children and adolescents
    • Safety training for motorcycle taxi riders
    • Monitoring and evaluation

     

    A key strategy of the project is to build capacity of local stakeholders, with the aim of enabling them to implement practical road safety activities beyond the end of the project.

     

     

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  • Technical Assistance for Road Safety and Community Engagement in Rural Road Design
    • Advocacy
    • Tanzania

    Project Budget: $60,000 USD

    Dates: April 2019 to May 2020

    Funding Partner: World Bank, with support of UKAid

     

     

     

    Amend provided technical assistance to the World Bank in the development of a model for ‘people-centered’ community engagement in the improvement of rural roads in Tanzania. In the past, roads have typically been built with consideration only for drivers of vehicles. However, through this new model, road safety and other social risks facing all road users and members of the roadside community – in particular pedestrians and vulnerable and marginalized groups – were be considered from the outset. 

     

    Final project report pending.

     

     

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  • Safe school area infrastructure and 30 km/h advocacy in nine countries in Africa
    • Advocacy
    • Education
    • Botswana
    • Côte d'Ivoire
    • Ghana
    • Malawi
    • Mozambique
    • Namibia
    • Senegal
    • Tanzania
    • Zambia

    Project Budget: $1.7 million USD

    Dates: January 2017 to December 2019

    Funding Partners: Co-funded by the FIA Foundation and the Puma Energy Foundation

     

     

     

    The Puma Energy Foundation, the FIA Foundation, and Amend came together from January 2017 to December 2019 on a project to save children’s lives across nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with safe infrastructure and safe school zone advocacy.

    The program countries were Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zambia.

     

    During the 36-month project highlights included:

     

    • 17 school areas where children are at extremely elevated risk of road traffic injury received Amend’s proven-effective, award-winning School Area Road Safety Assessment and Improvement (SARSAI) program. SARSAI delivers safe infrastructure for schools and the surrounding communities.
    • Six countries had legal changes lowering speed limits around schools to 30 km/h, with one country instituting a new nationwide 30 km/h school zone speed limit (Zambia) and a city (Windhoek, Namibia) instituting a citywide 30 km/h school zone limit.
    • Ribbon-cutting events were held to launch the new infrastructure at every school that received SARSAI. These events brought together communities, and dignitaries to highlight the importance of safe journeys to school for children and garner government and media attention.

     

    View final project report here.

     

     

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  • Road Safety Activities with Primary Schools in Tanzania
    • Advocacy
    • Science
    • Tanzania

    Project Budget: $400,000 USD (ongoing)

    Dates: 2103 – ongoing

    Funding Partner: Puma Energy Tanzania

     

     

     

    Since 2013, Amend has partnered with Puma Energy Tanzania to carry out road safety activities with primary schools throughout Tanzania. This program has involved working with over 70 schools in seven regions of Tanzania. It has included teaching road safety education to over 100,000 children, running road safety drawing competitions, forming road safety clubs with ‘Puma Be Road Safe Ambassadors’ participating in national-level events, improving pedestrian infrastructure around schools, and distributing reflector-enhanced school bags.

     

     

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  • Road Safety Activities with Schools in Chanika, Dar es Salaam
    • Education
    • Tanzania

    Project Budget: $28,000 USD

    Dates: September to November 2019

    Funding Partner: SOS Children’s Villages

     

     

     

    We undertook road safety activities at four primary schools in the Chanika area of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The activities included:

    • Tailored road safety education for all children at all four schools
    • A road safety drawing competition, including an award ceremony and distribution of prizes to children and schools
    • Incorporation of road safety activities in existing school clubs
    • Road safety ‘Kids’ Courts’

     

    View final project report here.

     

     

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  • Community Road Safety for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline in Tanzania: Scoping Study
    • Tanzania

    Project Budget: $45,500 USD

    Dates: January to May 2019

    Funding Partner: Total East Africa Midstream BV

     

     

     

    The East African Crude Oil Pipeline is a 1,443km crude oil export infrastructure that will transport Uganda’s oil from Kabaale-Hoima in Uganda to the Chongoleani Peninsula in Tanga, Tanzania. Construction will generate high levels of traffic, therefore posing road safety risks to communities along the pipeline corridor and the roads that will be used to transport materials and people. Amend carried out a scoping study in the project regions in Tanzania to inform the project’s development of a community road safety programme that will mitigate the road safety risks.

     

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  • Kids’ Court road safety interventions: Their impact on knowledge, attitudes and practices in Maputo, Mozambique
    • Advocacy
    • Education
    • Science
    • Mozambique

    Project Budget: £27,500 GBP

    Dates: November 2018 to May 2019

    Funding Partner: UK Department for International Development, as a grant of the Transport Technology Research Innovation for International Development competition, through the High Volume Transport Applied Research programme

     

    An evaluation of Amend’s Kids’ Court programme, through which children are empowered to act as ‘judges’, questioning drivers who are caught speeding, talking on a mobile phone or failing to wear a seatbelt outside their school. The evaluation, which involved key informant interviews and focus group discussions with participating children, teachers, drivers, police officers, and children’s parents / caregivers, demonstrated improved knowledge of road safety messages and a positive perception of the programme among all involved.

     

    View final project report here.

     

     

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  • Enhancing understanding on safe motorcycle and three-wheeler use for rural transport in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
    • Advocacy
    • Education
    • Science
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Ghana
    • Kenya
    • Tanzania
    • Uganda

    Project Budget: £180,000 GBP

    Dates: September 2017 to February 2019

    Funding Partner: UK Department for International Development, through the African Rural Access Partnership research programme

     

     

    The use of motorcycles has increased rapidly in many African countries in recent years. Motorcycles are commonly used as taxis, with the rider charging a fare to carry passengers or freight. In rural areas, motorcycle taxis play a crucial role in connecting people to services and farmers to markets, and in many countries motorcycles are the most commonly found vehicle on rural roads. 

     

    The aim of this project was to improve knowledge and understanding concerning effective ways of enabling rural people to benefit from the safe use of motorcycles. Activities included reviews of regulatory frameworks and enforcement methods, a survey of motorcycle riders, owners and users, key informant interviews and focus group discussions. The outputs of the project included two manuals – one for motorcycle training instructors, and one to support the operations of motorcycle taxi associations.  

     

    View final project outputs here.

     

     

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  • Road Safety Advocacy in Mozambique
    • Advocacy
    • Education
    • Mozambique

    Project Budget: $59,000 USD

    Dates: 2017 – 2018

    Funding Partner: Puma Energy, Mozambique

     

     

     

    In 2017 and 2018, Amend partnered with Puma Energy Mozambique to carry out road safety advocacy in Maputo. During 2017, activities focused on primary schools, with road safety education, a road safety drawing competition, and distribution of reflector-enhanced school bags. During 2018, activities involved hosting a high-level road safety roundtable meeting for government and other stakeholders, forming a Private Sector Road Safety Forum and providing road safety training to primary school teachers.

     

     

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  • Partnership for Healthy Cities – Safe School Zone Infrastructure
    • Advocacy
    • Education
    • Infrastructure
    • Zambia

    Project Budget: $100,000 USD

    Dates: March to October 2018

    Funding Partner: Vital Strategies / Bloomberg Philanthropies

     

     

     

    The Partnership for Healthy Cities, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and managed by Vital Strategies, supports cities in the planning and implementation of projects to strengthen non-communicable disease and injury prevention.


    The Partnership for Healthy Cities work in 2018 in Zambia was focused on road safety, but the consortium was having difficulty making progress on the ground and so engaged Amend.


    We developed an implementation of  our School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements (SARSAI) infrastructure improvement program at Northmead Primary and Secondary Schools in Lusaka where two children had been killed in road traffic and 13 more injured in the preceding two years.


    We added over 1,000 meters of footpaths, raised zebra crossings, rumble strips, bollards and more to keep children safe at Northmead. Surveys showed a 68% reduction in vehicle speeds around the school post-implementation.


    The ribbon-cutting event for the implementation drew, among others, the Deputy Mayor of Lusaka and considerable press attention, which helped lead to subsequent school-area speed-zone advocacy breakthroughs in Lusaka.

     

    Read final project report here.

     

     

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  • Promoting EU visibility in the Tanzanian transport sector through road safety activities
    • Advocacy
    • Education
    • Science
    • Tanzania

    Project Budget: €100,000 EUR

    Dates: 2015

    Funding Partner: European Union Delegation to Tanzania

     

     

     

    Partnering with the European Union Delegation to Tanzania, Amend designed and implemented a road safety awareness campaign in Dar es Salaam. The campaign involved the following activities:

     

    • A launch event and ceremony
    • Training for members of the media on how to report road safety and other transport-related issues
    • A radio message targeting motorcycle taxi riders and passengers
    • Pedestrian infrastructure improvements around two primary schools
    • Distribution of reflector-enhanced school bags to primary school children
    • Road safety education for all children at eight primary schools

     

    View final project report here.

     

     

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  • A study to determine the causes and circumstances of motorcycle crashes on low-volume rural roads in Tanzania
    • Advocacy
    • Science
    • Tanzania

    Project Budget: £120,000 GBP

    Dates: 2013 to 2014

    Funding Partner: UK Department for International Development, through the African Rural Access Partnership research programme

     

     

    Through detailed crash investigations, risk assessments, interviews and inspections, this study aimed to determine the causes and circumstances of motorcycle crashes on low volume rural roads in Tanzania, to inform the development of targeted road safety policies and interventions.

     

    View final project report here.

     

     

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