Global Road Safety Facility

About the Program


Our Strategic Plan for 2013-2020 reaffirms the Facility’s mission and sets out how it will contribute to the Decade of Action, leveraging the global expertise of the World Bank, and working in close collaboration with donors and UNRSC partners. The momentum provided by the launch of the Decade of Action with its associated Global Plan and the joint MDB initiative offers a timely opportunity to review and re-align the Facility goals with the attainment of the associated milestones.


The partnership is hosted and administered by the World Bank in collaboration with the FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society, the Government of the Netherlands, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). In 2011 and 2013, the Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) became the newest contributors to GRSF.

"We acknowledge the scale of the public health crisis arising from deaths and injuries on the roads of developing and emerging countries... and recognize that a systematic, multisectoral response is required to address this global crisis."

- Joint Statement by Seven Development Banks, 2011

From Advocacy to Implementation

Since its inception in 2006, the Global Road Safety Facility has been committed to elevating road safety to new levels of attention through advocacy and by building partnerships with a range of institutional and civil society actors. As one of the primary sponsors of the first Global Ministerial Meeting for Road Safety hosted by the Russian Federation on November 20, 2009, the Facility played an important role in the launch of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety and remains committed to working with actors of the UN Road Safety Collaboration. GRSF also recognizes the role of NGOS as key partners of change and has pledged support to the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, helping over 140 country-based NGOs convince their local authorities of the need to act.

Going forward, GRSF will increase its support to programs that address the unique challenges of mixed traffic environments in a variety of investment settings through technical assistance and knowledge transfer activities across all five Pillars of the Global Plan of Action. These trends are reflected in the Facility’s projected disbursements in FY13-15.

Focus Areas

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

1.       Capacity building

2.       Safe infrastructure

3.       Enforcement

4.       Global Advocacy

5.       Research & Analysis

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 about GRSF's 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.

Capacity Building

In developing countries, setting up good road safety practice is a challenge due to a variety of issues including weak agency capacity, insufficient funding, and absence of political will.

  • GRSF developed the Road Safety Management Capacity Review, an appraisal tool to help assess a country’s road safety management capabilities. The review guides the process of shifting from weak to strong institutional management capacity by working with client governments to identify systematic gaps and prioritize investment areas.

Safe Infrastructure

Developing countries are rapidly expanding their road networks to accommodate increasing motorization, trade routes, and access to markets for rural communities. In developing countries, roads are used by a mix of actors, including significant numbers of motorcyclists, non-motorized vehicles, and pedestrians. Existing road networks were often designed for a different mix of traffic and vehicles. Newer roads, particularly high-speed arterial networks, frequently neglect important safety considerations in their design features, often with deadly implications.

  • The Global Road Safety Facility is pioneering the use of Safety Ratings on road networks, in partnership with the International Road Assessment Program (iRAP)
  • The Facility supported the development of a free toolkit with iRAP to help engineers, planners and policy makers develop safety plans for car occupants, motorcyclists, pedestrians, bicyclists, heavy vehicle occupants and public transport users.


A crucial ingredient for success over the Decade of Action will be effective and efficient road policing in LMICs. Traditional technical assistance to police focused on equipment provision or campaigns and fell short in delivering sustained outcomes, frequently because of lack of oversight from senior commanders. Simultaneously, issues of corruption and poor public perception of traffic police forces have hindered success.

  • GRSF is funding an initiative to develop a police engagement model designed to improve the governance of road safety enforcement by targeting the Police Chief/Commissioner/Executive leadership levels in country police agencies through a global police network, the International Road Policing Organization (RoadPOL).

Global Advocacy

Efforts to stem the global road safety epidemic took a major step forward in May 2010, when the United Nations declared 2011-2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety. The Decade of Action aims to save 5 million lives and prevent 50 million serious injuries by helping countries around the world improve their road safety outcomes. Civil society organizations have an important advocacy and operational role to play in supporting the initiative.

  • GRSF has supported the global road safety advocacy movement from the onset, contributing substantial resources to global road safety awareness-raising in the period leading up to the U.N. declaration.
  • The Facility continues to support global advocacy through its active role in the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, by endorsing regional and country-based workshops and working with NGOs that promote the road safety agenda.

Research & Analysis

Reliable estimates of the incidence and burden of road injuries are often a challenge to obtain in developing countries. There is an urgent need for analytical tools that can derive reasonable estimates from a wide range of existing sources, including hospital records, police records, health surveys, and death registers. Research highlights include

  • GRSF commissioned Harvard University to develop an injury metrics framework for deriving best estimates of the burden of road injuries in 18 countries, as the 2010 Global Burden of Disease and Injury Study.
  • Partnering with the OECD's International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD) to helps developing countries to improve their data management systems and eventually become members of IRTAD.
  • Actively contributing to the Road Traffic Injuries Researchers Network (RTRIN) a partnership of 660 individuals and institutions from 73 countries that collaborate to further research on the impact and causes of RTIs in LMICs.

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:

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:


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

Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) - background information

Global Road Safety - Fact Sheet (pdf, 116KB)
Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020
 (WHO | pdf, 1.03MB)
Global Status Report on Road Safety
 (WHO | pdf, 16.34MB)


Road Safety/GRSF Documents - by Focus Area

Our Strategy
Global Road Safety Facility Strategic Plan 2013-2020

GRSF Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2012

GRSF: Building Capacity for Safer Roads (pdf, 3.56MB)
Global Road Safety Facility Activities Report 2006-2008

Our Donors
Leading the Worldwide Movement to Improve Road Safety (pdf, 3.65MB)
Australia and the World Bank: Unlocking Potential, Achieving Results

Make Roads Safe - Time for Action
 (FIA Foundation | pdf, 9MB)

Capacity Building
Road Safety Management Capacity Review Guidelines

    - Download Guidelines (pdf):    Original | Condensed | Highlights 
Improving Global Road Safety: Towards Equitable and Sustainable Development

- ------ Practitioner Resources ------
Sample Terms of Reference (doc, 175KB)
Review Checklists (xls, 54KB)
Lead Agency Structures (pdf, 176KB)
Country Case Studies (pdf, 647KB)

Safe Infrastructure
Star Rating Roads For Safety: The iRAP Methodology
  (iRAP | pdf, 2.47MB)
The True Cost of Road Crashes: Valuing Life and the Cost of a Serious Injury
 (iRAP |pdf, 2.08MB)
Safe Roads for Development - A Policy Framework for Safe Infrastructure on Major Road Transport Networks
  (IRF | pdf, 3MB)

Road Safety Enforcement and Traffic Policing in Moldova
 (pdf, 2.13MB)
Speed Management: A Road Safety Manual for Decision-makers and Practitioners
 (WHO | pdf, 1.23MB)
Drinking and Driving: A Road Safety Manual for Decision-makers and Practitioners
 (WHO | pdf, 3.05MB)
Helmets: A Road Safety Manual for Decision-makers and Practitioners
 (WHO | pdf, 1.88MB)

Global Advocacy
Advocating for Road Safety and Road Traffic Injury Victims: A Guide for NGOs
 (WHO | pdf, 1.55MB)
MDB Road Safety Initiative: A Development Priority
 (pdf, 1.12MB)

Research & Analysis
Transport for Health: the Global Burden of Disease from Motorized Transport

Transport Note: Road Traffic Injuries in MENA
 (pdf, 632KB)
Burden of Road Injuries in Sub-Saharan Africa
 (pdf, 5.81MB)
Road Injuries in 18 Countries
 (pdf, 2.47MB)


More Resources

Improving Global Road Safety: Towards Equitable and Sustainable Development 
     - view on Online Knowledge Repository
World Bank Global Road Safety Facility Strategic Plan 2006-2015
World Bank Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) facts and figures : 2006-2010

SSATP Annual Report 2011: A turning point for SSATP
Guidelines for mainstreaming road safety in regional trade road corridors (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)


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