Despite the important benefits of walking, it’s not easy to walk in Niamey. A study we conducted in 2014 found that the environment was unfavorable for people walking with poor footpaths, few safe crossings and motorized parking blocking pedestrian paths. The main objective of our project is to mobilize the citizens of Niamey to integrate walking in their personal and collective agenda.
Our project is part of the implementation of the recommendations of a study entitled "Situation of pedestrians in Niamey" that we conducted last year. According to the study that found an unfavorable environment for walking and the fact that walking is not seen as a desirable activity by residents, the main objective of our project is to mobilize the populations of Niamey to integrate walking in their personal and collective agenda. Specifically, we are targeting the following objectives:
- Mobilize officials of Ministry of Transport to create a favorable environment of walking such as creating large footpaths separated from the road, improving street lighting, maintaining clean footpaths;
- Mobilize opinion leaders such as civil society actors, Ministers, Parliamentarians, and Religious leaders in promoting walking;
- Mobilize opinion leaders including Ministry officials, local businesses, and residents and to walking 30 minutes a day before and complete the pedestrian audits in order to identify changes in the environment that would make it safer to walk;
- Mobilize the members of ten fadas in walking 30 minutes a day before starting taking their tea;
In order to realize these objectives, we will implement two kinds of activities (i) media actions and (ii) advocacy actions. Our target groups are the political authorities and the general population. With the media, we will produce and broadcast a TV spot on the benefits of walking and induce televised debates on the benefits of walking. Regarding advocacy, we will organize, according to the target group, workshops and grouped or individual meetings.
In terms of assets for the success of this project, among other we can take our extensive experience in advocacy and lobbying for tobacco control legislation, the availability of the political authorities to promote public health, and openness of people to change.
In terms of results, this project will mobilize the populations of Niamey to integrate walking in their personal and collective agenda. Specifically, this project will allow us to mobilize efforts to improve the environment and make Niamey a more attractive and safer place for people to walk. In addition, we will encourage about the public to walk 30 minutes a day and identify problems with the pedestrian environment in their community that they can address.