Amend works with development agencies, foundations, private-sector companies, governments, and communities 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, training, advocacy, and beyond.
The easiest way to understand our work is to browse through some of our current and past projects.
You can find a selection of our projects in chronological order below or sort by country or project type via the map (on a desktop computer) and menu.
Safe and Healthy Journeys to School in Africa
Project Budget: EUR 400,000
Dates: January 2020 to December 2021
Funding Partner: FIA Foundation
In 2020, Amend and the FIA Foundation continued our partnership of more than a decade with a project involving the following:
- 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. The ribbon-cutting event was held in November 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.
Commercial Motorcycle Rider Training and Secondary School Road Safety Education
Project Budget: EUR 212,000
Dates: September 2020 to June 2021
Funding Partner: Total Foundation
In September 2020, Amend and the Total Foundation embarked on a 10-month project to implement a secondary school road safety education program, called VIA, and a commercial motorcycle rider training program in Tanzania, Togo, and Guinea. This is project is planned to be phase one of a multi-phase, pan-African project to deliver these programs.
- VIA is a comprehensive road safety education program for secondary school students developed by the Total Foundation and its partners. In this project, Amend adapted VIA to the African context and delivered the program to 120 secondary school children at two schools in each of Lomé, Togo and Conakry, Guinea and one school in each of Tanga and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The VIA program was deivered at each school, every day after school for a month via 40-minute sessions in road safety clubs that Amend established at the schools. The 20 VIA program graduates per school became road safety “ambassadors” to their schools and communities.
- Commercial motorcycle taxis – almost always small, 150cc models – are proliferating across Africa. These motorcycle taxis provide affordable mobility to tens of millions and employment for huge numbers of young riders. But crash and injury rates on motorcycle taxis are extremely high. Therefore, Amend has developed a motorcycle rider training course specifically for commercial riders in Africa that is based on the UK’s Compulsory Basic Training. The training takes 10 hours over two days. In this project, we delivered this training to 80 riders in each of Lomé, Togo and Conakry, Guinea and 40 riders in each of Tanga and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
- In each city where the VIA and motorcycle rider training programs were implemented – Lomé, Togo; Conakry, Guinea; Tanga and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – we held an event to celebrate and draw attention to the programs. Representatives from the government, Total, and civil society learned about the importance of the programs and saw safety demonstrations from the VIA Road Safety Ambassadors and motorcycle riders. The children and motorcycle riders received graduation certificates. The events also garnered considerable press coverage.
Road safety design audit for improved road safety standards, Dar es Salaam Metropolitan Development Project (DMDP)
Project Budget: USD 49,985
Dates: October 2020 to March 2021
Funding Partner: World Bank
The Dar es Salaam Metropolitan Development Project (DMDP) is a multi-year project between the Government of Tanzania and the World Bank that addresses mobility challenges in Dar es Salaam through road construction and other measures.
Amend was contracted by the World Bank to conduct community consultation and technical audits to strengthen safety measures for the road corridors being improved under the DMDP. The aim of this assignment was to identify public safety risks in the detailed road designs so that, where possible, the designs can be altered to mitigate or reduce the risks, ideally, before the infrastructure is built and becomes operational.An interactive map of the project roads was developed that incorporates videos captured of the roads as well as key features identified and comments from members of the communities along the corridor which were used in the audit.
The detailed recommendations Amend made were also intended to guide how future road improvements could meet the needs of non-motorised road users, specifically beneficiary communities along the project roads, as well as vulnerable road users, such as school children, women, the elderly and persons with disabilities.
This project is an example of how Amend’s technical assistance on the “last mile” of roads projects can save lives by giving the World Bank and governments the specialized community-focused design capacity they need. One government engineer we worked with on this project indicated how our recommendations are realistic and have opened their eyes to things they often fail to capture in road improvement projects. Another suggested that, in a perfect world, the government could have permanent access to specialized road safety consulting like ours on all roads projects.
Amend will, through separate funding, continue offering technical assistance on the DMDP project for the duration of 2021 to help ensure that appropriate safety measures are included in the detailed design drawings and subsequently constructed.
Safe School Infrastructure and 30km/h School Zone Advocacy
Project Budget: USD 230,000
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 Assessments and Improvements (SARSAI) program around schools and to 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 set a maximum speed limit of 30 km/h. Events were held to celebrate these important regulation changes.
Road Safety Activities on the High Volume Transport Applied Research Programme
Project Budget: GBP 90,000
Dates: January to October 2020
Funding Partner: High Volume Transport Applied Research Programme, funded by UK DFID
The High Volume Transport Applied Research Programme supports 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 around 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
Safe and Healthy Journeys to School for Children and Adolescents in Tanga, Tanzania
Project Budget: CHF 400,000
Dates: September 2019 to August 2021
Funding Partner: Fondation Botnar
Prior to this project, at almost 40% of primary schools in Tanga, Tanzania, at least one child had been injured on the roads in the previous 12 months. Through this project, we are improving road safety for children and adolescents in Tanga, thereby allowing them — and the city’s general population — to benefit from safe and healthy journeys. The project involves 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 the capacity of local stakeholders, with the aim of enabling them to implement practical road safety activities beyond the end of the project.
Technical Assistance for Road Safety and Community Engagement in Rural Road Design
Project Budget: USD 60,000
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 considered from the outset.
Final project report pending.
Safe school area infrastructure and 30 km/h advocacy in nine countries in Africa
- Côte d'Ivoire
Project Budget: USD 1.7 million
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 were at extremely elevated risk of road traffic injury received Amend’s proven-effective, award-winning School Area Road Safety Assessment and Improvements (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.
Road Safety Activities with Primary Schools in Tanzania
Project Budget: USD 400,000 (ongoing)
Dates: 2013 – 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 more than 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.
Road Safety Activities with Schools in Chanika, Dar es Salaam
Project Budget: USD 28,000
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.
Pedestrian Action Plan for Accra, Ghana
Project Budget: USD 104,500
Dates: August 2017 to November 2019
Funding Partner: World Resources Institute / Bloomberg Philanthropies
From August 2017 to November 2019 Amend partnered with the World Resources Institute and the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety on an advocacy project in Accra, Ghana with a clear goal: the development and release of a Pedestrian Road Safety Action Plan for Accra and subsequent follow up. The Action Plan was developed in partnership with the Accra Metropolitan Authority (the entity that administers the city of Accra), Ghana’s National Road Safety Commission (Ghana’s lead agency for road safety) and all relevant governmental road safety stakeholders in Accra.
In this project, Amend managed:
- Stakeholders’ input to the Action Plan,
- Organization of stakeholder workshops and meetings,
- Content production, design, printing, and distribution of the Action Plan,
- Organization of a launch event for the Action Plan and media coverage, and
- Post-publication follow up on stakeholder commitments.
As part of the Action Plan, the road safety stakeholders made clear, measurable commitments to evidence-based road safety measures for the five years from 2018 to 2022. The steadfast commitment of the Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Mayor of Accra, to the project was absolutely fundamental of the project’s success. This highlights the importance of meaningful, high-level political support in road safety advocacy efforts.
View the Pedestrian Road Safety Action Plan for Accra, Ghana here.
- Community Road Safety for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline in Tanzania: Scoping Study22/05/2019
Community Road Safety for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline in Tanzania: Scoping Study
Project Budget: USD 45,500
Dates: January to May 2019
Funding Partner: Total East Africa Midstream BV
The East African Crude Oil Pipeline is a 1,443-kilometer 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 on the new 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 program that will mitigate the road safety risks.
Kids’ Court Road Safety Interventions: Their impact on Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices in Maputo, Mozambique
Project Budget: GBP 27,500
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 program, 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 seat belt 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 program among all involved.
View final project report here.
Enhancing understanding of safe motorcycle and three-wheeler use for rural transport in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
- Democratic Republic of Congo
Project Budget: GBP 180,000
Dates: September 2017 to February 2019
Funding Partner: UK Department for International Development, through the African Rural Access Partnership research program
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 project’s output included two manuals — one for motorcycle-training instructors, and one to support the operations of motorcycle-taxi associations.
View final project outputs here.
Road Safety Advocacy in Mozambique
Project Budget: USD 59,000
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.