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.
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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 DFID, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the FIA Foundation, DFAT, SIDA, and the Government of the Netherlandshave all been essential partners in funding and supporting GRSF operations.
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:
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.
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:
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:
Other outcomes include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
To receive Facility support , activities should generally meet the following criteria:
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: email@example.com
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.
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This resource page contains links from the World Bank and its partners to research, publications and other resources on global road safety.
A Shared Approach to Managing Road Safety (MDB joint statement)
The Road Safety Manual (World Road Association)
Best Practices in Road Safety: Handbook for Measures at the Country Level (European Commission)
iRAP Toolkit (website)
Improving Global Road Safety (Bliss, Raffo)
Road Safety Management (European Commission)
Urban Road Safety
Urban Road Safety (from Sustainable Transport: A Sourcebook for Policy-Makers in Developing Cities)
Corruption, Traffic Enforcement, and Road Safety (Arrive Alive)
Post-Impact Care (European Commission)
Other Important Resources
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)
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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.