Global Road Safety Facility

About the Program

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The Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF), a global partnership program administered by the World Bank, was established in 2006 with a mission to help address the growing crisis of road traffic deaths and injuries in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). GRSF provides funding, knowledge, and technical assistance designed to scale-up the efforts of LMICs to build their scientific, technological and managerial capacities. Since its inception, the GRSF has operated as a hybrid grant-making global program, allowing it to distribute funding externally for global, regional and country activities, and internally through World Bank-executed grants, which enhance the work of the World Bank’s transport global practice and leverage road safety investments in transport operations in client countries.

The Global Road Safety Facility has three main objectives, which are detailed in the Strategic Plan for 2013-2020.

Requests for support are received on a rolling basis and evaluated against the facility’s objectives, along with the project’s ability to positively affect road safety outcomes at the city, country, and/or regional level. Written government endorsement accompanying these requests guarantees stronger country ownership, favors more sustainable outcomes, and provides a greater possibility for additional road safety investment in the client country.

Meet the team

Soames Job
Global Lead Road Safety, World Bank and Head GRSF
sjob@worldbank.org

Marc Shotten
Program Manager, GRSF
mshotten@worldbank.org

Dipan Bose
Program Manager for Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety, GRSF
dbose@worldbank.org

GRSF Donors

The Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) is a partnership platform that provides funding, knowledge, and technical assistance that helps low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) establish and develop their road safety capacity, while designing and implementing effective road safety interventions.  The World Bank, GRSF’s host organization, and GRSF’s past and current donors including DFIDBloomberg Philanthropies, the FIA Foundation, DFAT, SIDA, and the Government of the Netherlandshave all been essential partners in funding and supporting GRSF operations.

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GRSF Partners

Beyond these essential internal partners that make up GRSF, GRSF has developed strong partnerships with many different organizations within and outside the global road safety community including:

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GRSF and its partners have worked together and taken impactful action to further mainstream road safety around the world.  Today, while there are still many challenges, our partnerships are the reason why road safety is understood to be a major development burden in many countries around the world.  The global road safety agenda only continues to gain momentum as new partners, understanding the burden road crashes present to life and economic growth, join our movement. With greater funding for the GRSF, along with more substantial collaboration based on past success and new and innovative partnerships; we can meet the SDG target to halve road traffic fatalities by 2020.

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Focus Areas

Road crashes are the leading cause of death worldwide for youth aged 10-24. Of the 1.3 million killed on the world’s roads each year, 90 percent are in developing countries. As part of its efforts to fight this epidemic, GRSF has outlined five focus areas in its 2013-2020 strategic plan.

GRSF has five main focus areas as outlined in the 2013-2020 Strategic Plan:

  • Capacity building
  • Safe infrastructure
  • Enforcement
  • Global Advocacy
  • Research & Analysis

GRSF’s work has strongly contributed to positive road safety outcomes in many low- and middle-income (LMICs) countries around the world. Several broad and individual examples of GRSF’s impact and success are detailed in Global Road Safety Facility: Leveraging Global Road Safety Success and the GRSF 2016 Annual Report.


Some individual examples of GRSF’s impact include:

Increasing Road Safety in Argentina

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In 2010, with a GRSF grant and advisory support, the World Bank launched a $38.5 million road safety initiative in Argentina. The objective was to reduce road traffic injuries, crashes and fatalities by strengthening the institutional framework and management capacity on selected pilot corridors. The project strengthened Argentina’s institutional framework and management capacity for road safety, and included the launch of a National Driver Licensing and Infraction System and the National Road Safety Observatory.

Other outcomes include:

  • 35% reduction of road traffic fatalities in selected pilot corridors between FY2010 and FY2015.
  • 12% national 12% reduction in the road traffic death rate for every 100,000 inhabitants.
  • 50% national reduction of deaths per 10,000 vehicles from 2008—2014.
  • 36% increase in national seatbelt use & motorcycle helmet rates increased from 39% to 62%.

Click here to read more about the Argentina Road Safety Project.

Building Enforcement Capacity in Nigeria

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Since 2008, GSRF and the World Bank have supported the efforts of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria’s leading road safety management agency, in developing a road safety component as part of the Nigerian Roads Development Project.

Achievements include:

  • 30% reduction in road traffic fatalities on the Abujua-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Corridor, one of the highest-risk corridors in the country, from 2010—2013 (project corridor).
  • 20% decrease in road traffic fatalities in the Abuja Metropolis between 2010 and 2014.
  • 8% decrease in road fatalities, nationally, between 2012 and 2013.
  • 11% reduction of road traffic fatalities on project roads between 2010 and 2014.

Click here to read more about the GRSF and World Bank’s road safety work in Nigeria.


ChinaRAP — Assessment and Rating of High-Risk Roads in China

With technical and funding support from GRSF, ChinaRAP became the first country-owned Road Assessment Program (RAP) in any low- or middle-income country. GRSF supported the Building the China Road Assessment Program (ChinaRAP) in partnership with the International Road Assessment Program (iRAP) to develop and field test risk assessment models for application in China. Recent developments and successes within China and abroad now show that ChinaRAP is both sustainable and internationally competitive. Click here to read more about GRSF’s support for ChinaRAP and its achievements.

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Road Safety Demonstration Corridor in Karnataka, India: Integrating Transport and Health

Karnataka, a state in south India, presented a unique opportunity for GRSF to collaborate on a road safety demonstration corridor program encompassing two World Bank–funded projects led by the transport and health sectors. The project is ongoing. The transport project focuses on infrastructure as well as police training and awareness programs. GRSF provided technical assistance and grant support of $233 thousand, which leveraged a $14 million component in the loan project. The health project concentrates on building capacity for emergency care systems and for estimating the baseline burden of injuries related to road crashes. Click here to read about the achievements of our work in Karnataka to date.

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Establishment of the Ibero-American Road Safety Observatory Monitoring Program and Support (2011—2013)

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GRSF, together with the World Bank, played an important role in establishing the Ibero-American Road Safety Observatory (OISEVI). The OISEVI is a regional road safety monitoring program brought together by the international cooperation of the highest road safety authorities across Latin American and the Caribbean. The objective of this initiative was to share relevant information about road safety indicators and best practices in regards to policy making, planning and related topics in order to develop better monitoring and make evidence-based decisions for improving road safety. Click here to read more about the achievements of OISVEI.

 

Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety — Improving Safety on Urban Streets

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GRSF’s partnership with the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (2015—2019) aims to reduce road deaths and serious injuries in ten selected cities, all in low- and middle-income countries and to improve road safety legislation in five selected countries. In this partnership, GRSF works alongside eight other global organizations supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Under the initiative, cities receive funding to support three full-time staff members embedded in city agencies, comprehensive technical assistance from the collaborating organizations, training and capacity-building for enforcement agencies, and assistance in developing media and social awareness campaigns. GRSF’s role in the city-level initiative, with technical collaboration provided by the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), is to initiate and support the improvement of infrastructure safety management. Click here to read more about the initiative and its achievements to date.


Road Infrastructure Safety Assessments

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GRSF financing assisted in the establishment and growth of the iRAP, now commonly used as an international best practice in infrastructure safety rating. Further, GRSF financing enabled the assessment of more than 40,000 kilometers of high-risk roads in 13 countries. Analysis of 14,000 kilometers showed the potential to avoid 280,000 deaths and serious injuries over a 20-year period.


Brazil — State- and National-Level Capacity-Building

GRSF and the World Bank have funded road safety management-capacity reviews across Brazil in the states of Bahia, Rio Grande du Sol, Sao Paulo and Minais Gerais. State-level capacity reviews have garnered increasing state and federal government interest in road safety. This resulted in GRSF funding the federal-level road safety management capacity review of Brazil, the largest such review ever undertaken. Brazil has already announced commitment to some key recommendations for improving road safety.

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China — The Jiaozuo Green Transport and Safety Improvement Project

GRSF has funded elements of this $112 million commitment made by the Government of China for road safety and provided advisory services. Interventions include building institutional management capacity, data collection, safe road infrastructure, road safety education campaigns, enforcement, and capacity for post-crash and short- and long-term care.


Poland — Capacity-Building and a New National Road Safety Strategy

A GRSF-funded road safety management-capacity review played a critical role in decreasing the number of deaths on Poland’s roads (2011—2014), leading to a 31% reduction in road fatalities. Poland has since asked GRSF and the World Bank for further assistance in developing data systems, road safety education programs and road safety communication campaigns.


Georgia — Capacity-Building and a New National Road Safety Strategy

GRSF guided the development of a Road Safety Strategy, a management-capacity review and the design of the Fourth East-West Highway project. In 2015, a new Road Safety Strategy was drafted; because of GRSF guidance, most critical issues highlighted in the draft had already been covered by the initial strategy, and several issues were addressed by the stakeholder agencies in advance of the final draft of the strategy.


Colombia — New National Road Safety Lead Agency

GRSF funds directly influenced the creation of Colombia’s National Road Safety Agency, which has been employing an investment strategy that uses both traditional and innovative techniques— including bringing insurance companies and other sources of funding on board. This work has already leveraged an Inter-American Development Bank loan of $10 million for the team setting up the operational structure of the new lead agency to implement a national road safety policy.


India — A Package of Multi-Sectoral Road Safety Projects

The World Bank has several well-designed, multi-sectoral, safe system — based road safety interventions underway in Karnataka, Gujarat, Kerala, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. GRSF has played an influential funding and advisory role in several of these World Bank projects.


Kenya and Uganda — Africa Road Safety Corridors Initiative

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A partnership between the World Bank and Total, a French energy company, has resulted in the Africa Road Safety Corridors Initiative. The initiative is a campaign aimed at increasing road safety awareness, changing behavior and reducing fatalities along Africa’s major transit corridors and road networks. The first corridor being targeted by the campaign is the Mombasa Kampala Northern Corridor, which is East Africa’s deadliest corridor.

Since 2006, the Facility has grown into a globally recognized institution for funding road safety activities related to lead agency development, road infrastructure improvement, monitoring and evaluation, and technical assistance in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Facility funding has been channeled to over 20 countries and resulted in over US$500 million committed to road safety investments.

Proposed activities of Facility grant recipients must conform to the goals and activities of the Facility as detailed in the Facility’s Strategic Plan 2013-2020.

Specifically, Facility goals are to:

  • Strengthen global, regional and country capacity to support sustainable reductions in road deaths and injuries in low and middle-income countries.
  • Catalyze increased levels of road safety investment in low and middle-income countries.
  • Accelerate safety knowledge transfer to low and middle-income countries.
  • Promote innovative infrastructure solutions to improve the safety of mixed traffic, mixed speed road environments in low and middle-income countries.
  • Harmonize, scale up, and strengthen road safety activities of the UN, multilateral and bilateral agencies.
  • Support the Decade of Action and assist client countries in developing the institutions and systems to implement the Decade of Action Plan
  • Assist World Bank operational staff in building capacity to implement safe system projects, through the development of a guidance note and certification process that will provide the staff with the knowledge and skills to ensure that road safety is adequately considered at project preparation stage and during the implementation of Bank funded projects
  • Coordinate the collaboration between the MDBs and promote a harmonized, collaborative, and cost-effective approach to road safety in our client countries
  • Develop coordinated Safe System training programs for MDB partners and client countries.
  • Partner with donors to deliver effective road safety solutions to specific challenges through the use of existing Facility products and services

To receive Facility support , activities should generally meet the following criteria:

  • Proposed global and regional activities must be aligned and harmonized with other related facility initiatives;
  • Proposed country activities commonly have official, written government endorsement prior to Facility consideration, and in many cases the undertaking of a Facility funded country safety management capacity review is a mandatory first step for countries seeking Facility assistance;
  • Proposed global, regional and country activities must support the implementation of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 (World Health Organisation).

The Facility Implementation Unit currently accepts proposals for review on a rolling basis. A brief description of the proposed activity (not to exceed one page) should be sent by e-mail to: grsf@worldbank.org

The Facility Implementation Unit (FIU) will normally respond to initial funding inquiries within 15 business days.

Full application forms are sent to prospective applicants whose funding requests have been reviewed by the FIU and designated as falling within the Facility’s criteria for funding eligibility.

Guidelines for working with the Facility are reviewed on a yearly basis and changes to this form will be reflected as needed.

Please direct your enquiries to: grsf@worldbank.org

This resource page contains links from the World Bank and its partners to research, publications and other resources on global road safety.


GRSF

GRSF 2016 Annual Report
GRSF Strategic Plan 2013-2020

Leveraging Global Road Safety Success


Global Resources

Global Plan for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety
The Sustainable Development Goals: Road Safety
The World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention
The Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015
Transport for Health: The Global Burden of Disease from Motorized Transport
A Shared Approach to Managing Road Safety (MDB joint statement)
The Road Safety Manual (World Road Association)
Towards Zero: Ambitious Road Safety Targets and the Safe System Approach
Best Practices in Road Safety: Handbook for Measures at the Country Level
(European Commission)
iRAP Toolkit (website)


Donors

UK Department for International Development (DFID)
DFID Annual Report 2015-2016
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies, Annual Report
Bloomberg Philanthropies, Road Safety
Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)


Capacity Building

Road Safety Management Guidelines (Bliss)
Improving Global Road Safety (Bliss, Raffo)
Strengthening Road Safety Legislation: A Toolkit for Road Safety Legislation Workshops
Data Systems-A Road Safety Manual
Measuring Road Safety Through Regional Observatory in Latin America
The Road Safety Cent: Management and Financing of Road Safety in Low-Income Countries
Managing Road Safety in Africa
Road Safety Management in Brazil, India, Russia, and China
Road Safety Management (European Commission)
ISO 39001-Road Traffic Safety (RTS) Management Systems


Safe Infrastructure

The iRAP methodology
The True Cost of Road Crashes (iRAP)
Safe Roads for Development (IRF)


Urban Road Safety

Cities Safer by Design
Traffic Safety on Bus Priority Systems
Urban Road Safety (from Sustainable Transport: A Sourcebook for Policy-Makers in Developing Cities)


Enforcement

Speed Management: A Road Safety Manual
Drinking and Driving: A Road Safety Manual
Helmets: A Road Safety Manual
Road Safety Enforcement and Traffic Policing in Moldova
Traffic Law Enforcement Across the EU
Corruption, Traffic Enforcement, and Road Safety (Arrive Alive)


Vehicle Safety

International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA)
Global NCAP


Post-Crash Care

Post-Impact Care (European Commission)
Post-Crash Response in the Ibero-American Countries


Other Important Resources

Transport Note: Road Traffic Injuries in MENA
Guidelines for mainstreaming road safety in regional trade road corridors (Africa)
Burden of Road Injuries in Sub-Saharan Africa
On the Road to Safe School Transport in China (East Asia and Pacific)
Reducing Traffic Accidents in China: Strengthening the Use of Road Safety Audits
(East Asia and Pacific)
Confronting “Death on Wheels” Making Roads Safe in Europe and Central Asia
(Eastern Europe and Central Asia)
Road Injuries in 18 Countries 

For questions regarding road safety resources contact us at grsf@worldbank.org

GRSF has played a critical role in mainstreaming road safety in the World Bank’s operations leveraging scaled up road safety lending in World Bank projects. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, GRSF invested $3.75 million to its portfolio of global road safety activities, which contributed to an additional $411 million in road safety lending activities via World Bank financed operations.  GRSF funding and technical assistance played a significant role in World Bank’s total road safety lending of nearly $446 million in FY16, which is up 634% from $56 million in road safety lending the year of the Facility’s inception in FY 2006.

World Bank Road Safety Lending Before & After GRSF Establishment

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