About the Program
The Global Road Safety Facility has three main objectives, which are detailed in the Strategic Plan for 2013-2020.
In its recent history, GRSF has:
As the funding demand for road safety continues to increase, GRSF continues to allocate its limited resources toward leveraging substantial and effective road safety interventions. To achieve this, Facility resources are frequently mobilized in the early stages of larger initiatives with priority given to helping clients build the institutional capacity to sustain and improve on road safety solutions over the long-term.
Requests for support to recipient executed grants (GRSF provides funding to an organization, partner, or government who implements their proposed program) 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. Projects are results driven with ambitious, but pragmatic and measurable outcomes.
GRSF continues working toward its strategic objectives, highlighted in the Strategic Plan for 2013-2020, while supporting the UN Decade of Action’s goal of reducing road traffic deaths by 50% by 2020, and improving the longer-term sustainability of road safety interventions. GRSF has also continued to shift its focus toward low-income and lower-middle income countries, with 73% of its disbursements in calendar year 2015 being provided for road safety activities in these countries. GRSF is also dedicated to the new Sustainable Development Goals, which call for halving road traffic deaths and injuries by 2020, and continuing to improve road safety and access to safe transport by 2030.
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 2015, GRSF disbursed approximately US$3.9 million in grant financing supporting institutional management capacity reviews, infrastructure assessments, technical assistance, and other advisory services, leveraging $151 million in road safety lending across World Bank projects (GRSF’s internal leveraging ratio equivalent to 1:39). GRSF funding and technical assistance played a significant role in World Bank’s total road safety lending of nearly $239 million in FY15, which is up 326% from $56 million in road safety lending the year of the Facility’s inception in FY 2006. In FY15, as in past years, there was no institution able to leverage road safety investments as effectively or substantially as GRSF.
In order to achieve this substantial road safety leveraging, GRSF monitors the World Bank’s portfolio of both active and “pipeline” projects in order to provide early stage input in the design of road safety components and assistance to the World Bank teams that will help develop and support the Safe System approach in client countries. In certain cases, where GRSF sees the strong possibility of leveraging substantial road safety lending in a World Bank project, GRSF might fund an institutional management capacity review and/or road safety infrastructure assessment or audit. This work shows the client and World Bank team the road safety related challenges, provides detailed recommendations for intervention, and both encourages and allows the client country to fund a well-designed road safety component through the World Bank project. While GRSF is not as heavily involved in implementation as the World Bank task teams; it also to requests for technical assistance and advisory services during implementation. Mainstreaming road safety interventions and road safety informed projects has taken a great deal of work, engagement with the World Bank’s operational teams and managers, and the building up of road safety focal points in each World Bank region. It is the combination of this work and joint effort from GRSF and the World Bank that has led to substantially scaling up road safety in World Bank operations.
GRSF’s impact on the World Bank’s Road Safety Portfolio has been substantial as highlighted by the facts that:
· Over the last 10 years (since the establishment of the GRSF in FY06), World Bank road safety lending has grown at an annual rate of 15.6% (From $56 billion in FY06 to $239 billion in FY15); an increase of 326% over the period.
Key achievements in the World Bank’s Road Safety Portfolio in FY15 include:
After years of efforts by GRSF to mainstream road safety in the World Bank’s Africa region, which was lagging behind while experiencing the highest rate of fatalities compared to other regions; Africa region finally led the World Bank’s road safety lending in FY15, with over $80 million in road safety activities that will ultimately save lives. South Asia region had the 2nd highest amount of road safety lending with $68 million. Europe and Central Asia showed increased road safety lending in the order of $56 million.
Overall, the World Bank’s road safety portfolio continues to show great promise moving forward. The World Bank’s transport projects and urban development projects continue to provide the most effective way to substantially leverage the Facility’s limited resources. The key for GRSF and the World Bank will be to continue to push for road safety components in 100% of road projects, while working to increase the number of well-designed road safety components that incorporate several of the five pillars of the global plan, and that contribute to the development of a safe system in the client country. Furthermore, it will be essential to ensure that all road safety components in World Bank projects are well monitored, that results are delivered, and that next steps can be formulated using an evidence-based approach.
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:
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 also engages in road safety capacity building by helping the client country improve its road crash data collection and management system. Training programs are another key activity used by GRSF to help build and align both the capacity of the client and the World Bank to maximize the design of, and effectively implement road safety interventions.”
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.
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.
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.
Research & Analysis
GRSF funds research and analysis across and beyond the five pillars of road safety from the global plan. GRSF’s research is influential and impactful, meaning that it an addition to building and sharing knowledge, it is often highly applicable in an operational context in order to positively influence road safety outcomes on the ground.
Some research highlights include:
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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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 Netherlands have all been essential partners in funding and supporting GRSF operations. Without these partnerships, many of GRSF’s successes in mainstreaming road safety in the World Bank and globally could have never been achieved. Indeed, all of GRSF’s success includes partnership based activity.
The Department for International Development (UK)
The UK Government recognizes that the primary responsibility for road safety lies with country governments and the donor agencies, including the MDBs, which provide significant financial resources to road building. To support the global effort on road safety, DfID has agreed to allocate resources to the Global Road Safety Facility to achieve measurable results in improving road safety in developing countries.
Bloomberg Philanthropies is the largest single donor for global road safety to date. As one of the recipients of this grant, the Facility has worked with the Bloomberg Philanthropies in designing a program of activities that have leveraged over US$500 million worth of road safety investment projects.
The FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society
The FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society has been a sustained Facility contributor and a major voice in global road safety, notably through its Make Roads Safe platform. Most recently, the FIA Foundation has campaigned for the recognition of road safety as a development goal, a cause strongly backed by the Global Road Safety Facility.
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, with limited resources, and taken impactful action to further mainstream road safety around the world. Today, while there are still many challenges and progress may not be as fast as road safety advocates would like, our partnerships are the reason why road safety is understood to be a major development burden in many countries around the World, and an absolute human and economic necessity. 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. GRSF is now in the process of strengthening old relationships, developing new partnerships, and stands ready to work with any old and new partners alike to help meet the goals of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety and the Sustainable Development Goal targets for road safety.
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 - 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)
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
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)
Road Safety Management Capacity Review Guidelines
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Improving Global Road Safety: Towards Equitable and Sustainable Development
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)
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)
Improving Global Road Safety: Towards Equitable and Sustainable Development
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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 (Africa)
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)
Here are just a few of the highlights of World Bank road safety projects from recent years: