Driver Recognition Programme | East and Southern Africa

The 2019 edition of the Driver Recognition Programme and the Finals have been completed.

To receive information about 2020 edition, contact Vered Eshani:


The qualifying rounds for East and Southern Africa have started in January 2019. Unfortunately, there is no option to sign up to join the 2019 programme at this time. If you are a participant already and you have questions about the programme, please have a look at this Q&A document or contact Vered Ehsani. 


The final event will offer a number of important sponsorship opportunities, please email for more information.

About our Sponsors:


Title sponsor for the event, United Parcel Service (UPS) is a global leader in logistics, operating in more than 220 countries and territories. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads the global citizenship programs for UPS, which includes philanthropy, corporate relations and community engagement in local, national, and international communities. The UPS Foundation engages with organizations around the globe to enhance community safety.

UPS is known in the sector to have safety ingrained in its culture, especially in its training and recognition schemes, making it a prime example for the humanitarian sector. Fleet Forum appreciates the long-standing relationship it has with UPS as an organisation on its Board as well as the donor of multiple road safety programmes over the years.

World Vision, long-time supporter and board member organisation of Fleet Forum, has graciously assumed the role of humanitarian host of this final event for the third year. World Vision consistently strives to invest in their drivers and understand that performance management involves recognising both positive behaviours as well as areas of the improvement of their drivers. It is through their unwavering support that Fleet Forum is able to facilitate such an event.

World Vision Kenya Interim National Director David Montague says: “The guidance, online tests, and practicals that our drivers undergo to prepare for the competition - through the Annual Fleet Safety and Security Programme - have enhanced their driving performance and safety skills. They are also able to operate vehicles in a fuel-efficient manner while keeping them in a good road worthy condition.”


Mr Montague added: Because of our participation in this event, we have competent drivers who have confidence in their driving ability and skills.

About DRP East and Southern Africa:


The Driver Recognition Programme is an eco- and safe driving interagency humanitarian competition, that recognises the important role drivers play in the sustainability, health and safety objectives, of aid and development organisations. 

In aid and development organisations, drivers are responsible for the wellbeing and safety of passengers, but are also in charge of high value vehicles and equipment. They are the most prominent public ‘face’ of the organisation, and often have to deal with difficult situations, bad roads, hostile environments and unfair demands. This event is designed to engage, educate, inspire and recognise the best drivers for their contribution, in supporting a workforce of persons who drive safely and remain accident-free at all times, in order to save lives and eliminate crash-related costs.

For the fourth year, the East African Driver Recognition Programme, a road safety competition to recognise the pivotal role of humanitarian drivers, is hosted in Kenya from 24th to 25th May 2019 in Lukenya. 

A total of 12 teams of drivers and managers from aid and development organisations will compete for the 2019 Driving Champion Award. Organisations like Catholic Relief Services, World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF, Mercy Corps, Marie Stopes International, Kenya Red Cross and many more will partici- pate.


At the start of the 2019 DRP, over 900 drivers from 50 country offices in 14 East African countries and representing 13 organisations, have registered. Since then, Fleet Forum worked with the country and senior management of each organisation to identify their best driver.

At the final event, each driver will be accompanied by a senior representative of the same organisation, who serves as a ‘co-driver’, encouraging and cheering on their drivers.

“Despite their critical role in delivery of aid, drivers often go unrecognised. By facilitating this programme, Fleet Forum aims to provide the aid and development community with a useful tool to engage and recognise their drivers” says Nikita Udhwani, Fleet Forum Delivery Director.

2019 Driving Champions Final 

The final event – the 2018 Driving Champions Final – took  place over the weekend 24-25 May  in Kenya
This years' winners are: 

  • 3rd place: Emily Soi / World Vision Kenya

  • 2nd place: Issa Byamukama / CRS Uganda

  • Winner: Salim Masete / WHO Kenya 

2018 Driving Champions Final 

The final event – the 2018 Driving Champions Final – took place in September 2018 in Kenya
Photos of the event can be viewed here.  | Click here to view the video with the highlights of the two days. 


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