Best Transport Achievement Award 2012

Winner: Riders for Health

African NGO Riders for Health has been named the recipient of the Best Transport Achievement Award 2012 at the Fleet Forum Annual Conference in Geneva. The award is given to the humanitarian organisation that has inspired the membership of Fleet Forum through excellence in road safety, fleet safety, environmental impact, or cost efficiency. Riders for Health was recognised for its excellence in logistics and transport while facilitating primary health initiatives in the Gambia. The award is sponsored by UPS and was presented by UPS representative Bob Gerlach.

Riders for Health is an NGO and social enterprise focused on providing reliable and cost-efficient transportation solutions for health-focused and other humanitarian organisations who are reaching out to rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Their distinctive expertise is in managing vehicles for a wide range of organisations that deliver health care in difficult conditions. They have been active in Africa for more than 20 years. They currently support initiatives in the Gambia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe , Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Nigeria, and Malawi.

This is the first year in which the Best Transport Achievement Award has been given. The award is open to all humanitarian organisations. In granting the award, the award jury assessed applicants for effectiveness and overall impact of output, innovative ideas and techniques, wider significance and applicability to other circumstances, collaboration with stakeholders and partners, and success in overcoming technical challenges and other difficulties.

The Riders for Health project has provided better access to healthcare for 1.7 million men, women, and children across the Gambia. In accepting the award, Riders for Health Marketing Manager Victoria Blundy expressed the appreciation of the entire staff of Riders for Health and shared a short film, “Uncommon Heroes,” with the conference attendees. More information about Riders for Health may be found on their website at

Download the Riders for Health presentation here.

This presentation had additional information, downloadable here.

About the Best Transport Achievement Award

Humanitarian organisations face serious challenges in managing their fleets. Whether fleets are owned or contracted through a third party, it remains a daily challenge to run those fleets in the safest, most cost-efficient, and environmentally friendly way.

The fleet manager is responsible for identifying and implementing policies and actions that will help to improve the management of their fleet, in particular sustainable improvements that will make their fleet safer, cleaner and more efficient, and support the programmes and objectives of their particular organisation.

The Best Transport Achievement Award recognises the fleet manager and the organisation that is an inspiring example for others. The award is presented to the humanitarian organisation that most exemplifies excellence in one or more fleet management areas, such as road safety, fleet safety, environmental impact, and cost efficiency.

The award winning entry must be replicable for others, and demonstrate professionalism, innovation, and strong, tangible results.