Any administrative actions that could provide incentives for more open communication of agency activities, within the government and to the public, would contribute to overcoming this barrier.
Most participants commenting on this question emphasized that the needs most relevant to planning U.S. assistance activities are priorities articulated by the governments and institutions of the developing countries. Therefore, in contacts with other countries’ governments, U.S. parties should be prepared to listen, ask, and discuss so as to discover what kinds of initiatives are desired. Participants suggested a number of other guidelines for U.S. government interactions with governments of developing countries concerning road safety:
Initiatives must be structured as cooperative efforts with all parties being equal around the table, rather than the developing country being relegated to a junior partner status.
In communicating with other countries, the U.S. participant must clearly enunciate the nature of its interest and the scope of its commitment to cooperative initiatives.
Establishing genuine local ownership of projects—through commitment of resources, control, and accountability—is key to attaining sustainable results.