Building capacity of key actors in the area of women and children empowerment; child protection, survival and development; gender mainstreaming; strengthening women’s and children’s voices in development.

Background

The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) and Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme are implementing a 5-year Road Safety Programme (2015-19) that aims at reducing the risk of Road Traffic Accidents. The goal of the project is to strengthen road safety laws in a broader sense, from legislations on safe driving to ensuring the safety of the roads themselves. The Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme brings in best practices learned from implementation of similar projects in nine developing countries (2010-2014).

The Road Safety Legal Development Programme (LDP) is aimed at building capacities of selected lawyers in Tanzania with the goal of improving their knowledge and skills on legal aspects of road safety. The long-term aim is to facilitate the development of evidence based advocacy on laws and regulations on road safety as well as to build and strengthen a professional network in this field.

Purpose of the Intervention

The WHO Road Safety Legal Development Programme (LDP) is providing opportunities for selected lawyers and advocates in China, India, Philippines, Tanzania and Thailand to improve their knowledge and skills for developing and advocating for evidence-based laws and regulations and to strengthen their networks in the country in this field of law. In Tanzania LDP first phase was implemented in 2016, coordinated by EKAMA Development Foundation whereby seven lawyers from civil society (TAWLA), Lawyers Professional Body (TLS) and Government were engaged in discussions at national and international levels on road safety legislation. The lawyers had a chance to contribute to the development of the legal framework on road safety in Tanzania through a series of ongoing national consultations on road safety. They also worked closely with media and other partners to elaborate on the position of the law, the risks and the ongoing interventions to improve the legal framework. Their engagement was for one year after which an advertisements will be publicly posted to get other LDPs who will more or less build on where the first batch left.

During this second phase as part of the programme, candidates will be invited to apply to become Members of the Road Safety LDP. All candidates who are accepted as LDP Members must take part in a number of compulsory activities. In addition, there are a number of optional activities proposed that will allow Members opportunities to further improve their knowledge in road traffic injury prevention and law drafting skills and grow as legal champions in the field. EKAMA is partnering with Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme to implement a phase 2 of the programme.

Goals of the Legal Development Programme

The goals of the WHO Road Safety Legal Development Programme (LDP) are:

· to improve the knowledge and skills of select lawyers and advocates in BIGRS countries in developing and advocating for evidence-based laws and regulations;

· to support LDPs in drafting, advising and advocating for improved road safety laws and regulations; and

· to build and strengthen a network of lawyers and advocates in the field of road safety that work together towards a common goal of promoting evidence-based road safety laws/regulations in the long term.

LDP BOARD MEETING REPORT 2017


Thabit Mlangi
Po box 72828,
mlangi.thabit@gmail.com
+255 (652) 079 640
Dar es salaam,Tanzania
Professional Biography:Thabit Mlangi is by far a State Attorney and a Parliamentary Draftsman under the Chief Parliamentary Draftsman’s (CPD) Division in the Attorney General’s Chambers. Previously, he was a Prosecuting Attorney in the Directorate of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). His previous professional experience includes Member of Secretariat for the Constituent Assembly as a Constitutional and Regulations Draftsman in the Legislative Drafting Committee and the Regulations Committee, besides worked as a Member of the Big Results Now (BRN) project implementation in Tanzania under the MCC-T for the Law reforms and amendments necessary to speed up developments. Nonetheless, he is a non practicing licensed Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and productively Member of the Bloomberg Initiatives for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) Project Committee in Tanzania. His educational background includes Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Legal Practice from the Law School of Tanzania and the Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B) with Hons from Mzumbe University.


Edwin Augustine Mugambila
+255659577955/+255766398434
edwinmugaus@yahoo.com
Profession: Lawyer.
Professional Biography:Edwin Mugambila holds Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Dar es salaam. Before joining Research Triangle institute (RTI) he worked as consultant in various NGOs in and outside Dar es salaam and an assistant Lecturer at Tumaini University Dar es salam college where he has been teaching Human Rights Law, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Law of Torts & Insurance Law.His specialized areas of practice include Human Rights Law, International Law, International Criminal Law, Cyber Crimes Law, Competition Law, Intellectual Property Law, Law of torts, and Immigration & Refugee Law:He has been involved in conducting research and consultancies on Child Rights, Gender Based Violence, (GBV), Violence against Children (VAC), Policy analysis and review, Human rights laws and constitutional reforms. He is currently a ‘National coordinator for trafficking in person-Tanzania’ for Research Triangle Institute (RTI) also lecturing at Tumaini University Dar es salaam College on a part time basis.


Hawa Juma (Advocate)
Title: Assistant Lecturer
Tumaini University Dar es Salaam College
P.o Box 65016
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tel: +255 715 337 600
hawajuma@gmail.com

Professional Biography:Hawa Juma Tittle: Assistant Lecturer at Tumaini University Dar es Salaam College since 2012 to date Responsibilities: Lecturer and facilitator on Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law, Land Law and Administrative law. I am further working as Research Coordinator. I am also an Advocate of the High Court


Ms. Sarah Kinyaga
Professional Biography:Ms. Sarah Kinyaga, have more than fifteen years of experience working with the United Nations Advocacy and Communication section ,also, has vast knowledge on Public Health and legal issues gained from different International /Bilateral Organizations working as Behavior Change Technical Advisor with – EngenderHealth Tanzania Project (ATP), the Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC-Tanzania) and the Program of Appropriate Health and Technology (PATH) where she conceptualized and customaries advocacy skills and principles of human rights, gender , HIV/AIDS prevention , Interfaith Collaborations, team building strategies – Currently she works as a Technical Advisor cum Consultant with the Foundation for Legal and Health Education in Tanzania (FLEET)addressing among other issues Road Safety /Traffic laws in general aimed at increasing networks with government partners and civil societies supporting Road Safety in Tanzania.


Ms. Mary Richard
Professional Biography:Ms. Mary completed Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) (2006) from Mzumbe University in Tanzania and Masters of Laws (LLM) in Taxation (2016) from the University of Dar es Salam.Ms Mary is a legal practitioner and also a human rights activist with ten years experience in legal profession. She is working with Tanzania Women Lawyers Association as Head of Access to Justice Department, by virtue of that position she is a member of management of the organization. Her major role is to coordinate provision of legal aid services and programs under her department. She also coordinates road safety program currently implemented by her organization ,the program which major responsibility were to build civil society coalition to advocate for improved road safety legal and policy environment in Tanzania.She has made several appearances in local radio and television programs in Tanzania in the course of running the campaign to advocate for improved road safety legal and policy environment in Tanzania and act as a resource person in workshops designed to discuss inefficiency of road safety legislation in Tanzania as well as contributing and publishing feature articles on issues related to Road Safety


Mr.Gaspardus Rwebangira
Professional Biography:Mr.Gaspardus Rwebangira is a practicing advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and subordinate courts save for Primary courts. His areas of specialization includes commercial and corporate law, labour laws and natural resources laws including land law. He is an Assistant Lecturer and the Head of Department of Criminal and Civil Law at Tumaini University Dar es Salaam College. He has worked as an Associate Dean at the Faculty of Law for two years. He has further published two books in the area of labour law in Tanzania, and he has participated in UN funded research activities involving human rights as a consultant. He holds Bachelor of Laws (LL.B-Hons.) and Masters of Laws (LL.M) in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of Dar es Salaam.


Mr.Mohamed Malick Salum
Professional Biography:Mohamed Malick Salum is a Senior State Attorney in the Attorney Generals Chamber, currently working under the Directorate of Public Prosecution (HQ). For the past nine years, has supervised and prosecuted different aspects of criminal trials. Addition to that, has been an active member in pioneering the reform of the current legislation on road traffic by participating in Bloomberg Committee on road safety and also, on several occasion, has presented papers in workshops as far as challenges pertaining to the successful prosecution of road traffic cases is
concerned. Mr. Salum has a Masters of Law Degree from the University of Dar es Salaam and does serve as students supervisor at Law School of Tanzania.

In May 8Th to 14th 2017, Ekama celebrated the road safety week prepared by UN Global Road Safety and WHO. According to United Nation and WHO, the week aimed to focus on speed and addressing key factors for road traffic deaths and injuries, with the hashtag SAVE LIVES#SLOW DOWN. Ekama participated in celebration of the event by creating a title of action ‘To increase understanding of the dangers of speed and generate action on measures to address speed especially on the safety of children.’ The goal was reaching out four primary school in Temeke District in Dar es Salaam, namely; Mivinjeni, Ufukoni, Mji Mpya and Temeke Primary School, whilst traffic police, parents, teachers and road vehicles operators as key partners. The overall objective was to increase the safety of children as they use our roads. Ekama aimed at ensuring children safety and prevent road accident, providing training to children and teachers on road safety and to increase awareness on speedy danger on key partners.