Mariam Kukava

Project Coordinator for Georgian Road Safety Partneship

Mariam has worked on a range of road safety project across Georgia including education, advocacy, civic engagement, and environmental campaigns.

Mariam Kukuva Georgia

At the Partnership for Road Safety Foundation Mariam as a project coordinator/ communication and advocacy specialist is responsible for designing and coordinating road safety projects, developing and delivering road safety training materials and sessions, preparing and managing work plans, communications and advocacy strategies, collecting, examining and organizing legal documents, researching data, regulations, laws, creating reports and providing administrative support to enhance organization effectiveness.

The Georgian Partnership for Road Safety is a proud winner of a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.

Projects

International Tourism and Road Safety in Georgia – Country Report, EASST, FIA Foundation, 2019-2020
The aim of the project is to raise awareness of the importance of road safety for tourists and tourism development in Georgia more generally, influence road safety public policy, and promote active cooperation of all relevant stakeholders. The survey was conducted and international tourists’ and business travelers’ perceptions about road safety and mobility in Georgia were presented and policy recommendations were developed based on the results.

Monitoring of the reform on Periodic Technical Inspection of Motor Vehicle, OSGF, 2019-2020
The reform on Periodic Technical Inspection of Motor Vehicle is monitored to evaluate national legislation in relation to obligations under the Association Agreement regarding the EU Directives and international conventions. A special online platform has been created, the first part of which is a visual map showing all the periodic technical inspection centers in Georgia. Citizens can find the center on the map and provide information about various violations and gaps to the web-platform administrator. The information received will be checked by the platform administrator and reported to the non-governmental sector.

Georgia: Safe Fleets and Waste Management, EBRD, EASST, 2020
The objectives of this project were to raise awareness among fleet managers, policy makers and key EBRD clients of the importance and benefits of fleet road safety management, improve occupational road safety management practice and knowledge in Georgia and provide specific training road safety to Municipality Waste Management companies and Bus companies. This was augmented by site visits by occupational road safety trainers. The scope of the assignment was to: translate the EASST Academy Occupational Road Safety Management course and its materials into Georgian – A module will be added specific to Waste Management road safety; identify fleet managers to participate in specific training; carry out Occupational Road Safety Training in a face-to-face course; organise site visits to Waste Management facilities – to give added thrust to the specialized fleet road safety management training and to scope their training needs; organise a Policy Seminar and Awards Ceremony – A half-day seminar aimed at policy makers; work with Key Fleet Mangers to Develop an Occupational Road Safety Working Group.

Promoting prevention of asbestos risks considering the experience of EU member states, OSGF, 2018-2019
Asbestos-free brake pads on the market was identified and asbestos dust emission from vehicles in the capital was inspected. The project evaluated national legislation in relation to obligations under the Association Agreement regarding the EU Directives and international conventions (2009/148 / EC, 2004/37 / EC, 2008/98 / EC). The project included awareness and advocacy campaigns.

Consultancy and Awareness Development on Road and Construction Safety in SCPX Project Neighbouring Communities, British Petroleum, 2018
Under the direction and financial support of BP the foundation “Partnership for Road Safety” implemented road safety awareness raising project for children. Within the project, 20 trainings were conducted in 10 schools; 4 schools were Georgian, 4 – Azerbaijani, 2 –Armenian. The trainings covered two sessions for elementary and high schoolchildren. Approximately 900-1000 children attended the trainings. The sessions included the theoretical and practical lessons.

Strengthening Knowledge Management in Central and West Asia: Road Safety Awareness Improvement Program in Georgia, Asian Development Bank, 2017-2018
The project was implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, other central and local stakeholders, academia, NGOs to increase knowledge and awareness on road safety in Georgia, an emerging concern in the country. Transport and road safety management course was for students, training modules for government officials were developed and conducted within the project. Two video clips were prepared related to air quality and periodic technical inspection.

Safe School Zones and Road Safety Knowledge for Georgian Children, EASST, Tbilisi City Hall, 2018
The project included the creation of safe school zones through the infrastructure improvement, increase of the children’s awareness and knowledge through the road safety lessons, and advocacy campaign for building the safe school zones in Tbilisi and regions. Training were carried out to increase understanding of road safety risks specific to the school zones including incident statistics, common traffic incident causes, key road risks faced locally and nationally, pedestrian visibility and road safety regulations which apply to children. With the support of Tbilisi City Hall Safe School Zones were arranged.

The Development of National Strategy and Policy framework on Sustainable Low-Carbon Urban Transport in Georgia, UNDP, 2017
The Project was part of the wider initiative “Green Cities: Integrated Sustainable Urban Transport for the city of Batumi and the Achara Region” ISTBAR. The project was funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and implemented by UNDP. The purpose of this assignment was to facilitate and support the formulation of the National Strategy and Policy Framework on Sustainable Low-Carbon Urban Transport to encourage the development of low-carbon urban transport systems and improvement of the quality and sustainability of urban transport (including all modes of urban transport) and road traffic safety in Georgian cities.

The Safety of Street Children on Georgian Roads, EASST, 2017
The project aimed to develop an evidence-based strategy for protecting street children from road risk. The project included data analysis and a survey of street children in high-risk locations; development of targeted materials and methods to protect street children; implementation of safety activities with a sample of street children in high-risk areas; development of recommendations; and an advocacy/media campaign that aimed to improve the safety of street children.

Cycling is Healthy, Cycling is Good, Tbilisi City Hall, 2016-2017
The Partnership for Road Safety in Georgia has launched a joint-project with the Tbilisi Cycling Club, supported by Tbilisi City Hall, to promote cycling as a means of sustainable transport in the country’s capital. The project aimed at increasing the awareness about cycling as a transport among the public. The program highlighted the advantages of cycling for health and creation of healthy transport environment in Tbilisi.

Project STOP – Safer Transit Options for Passengers, Caucasus Research Resource Center-Georgia, EWMI, 2016-2017
With the support of EWMI ACCESS, the Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC) Georgia and the Partnership for Road Safety launched a new project STOP – Safer Transit Options for Passengers – aimed at increasing the safety of intercity transport in Georgia and reducing road accidents through applying internationally practiced approaches. The CRRC-Georgia and the Partnership for Road Safety reviewed Georgia’s obligations under the Association Agreement in the sphere of transport and analyse policy options in the context of European experience in intercity transport safety. It will also conduct interviews and focus groups with passengers of minibuses, representatives of minibus companies, and drivers to study their attitudes toward this issue. As a social experiment, the implementing organizations will negotiate with the minibus companies and drivers to place Safe Driver stickers on the select number of minibuses and have the drivers sign the safe driving pledge, thereby committing themselves to observe traffic safety rules

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