The Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) is a global multi-donor fund hosted by the World Bank. Its mission is to help governments develop road safety management capacity and scale up road safety delivery 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, managerial and delivery capacities for road safety.
GRSF operates 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. GRSF also directly delivers road safety projects, research, peer-reviewed papers, reports, in-country guidance, and manuals to enhance road safety knowledge, capacity, and delivery.
Since its inception in 2006, the GRSF has received total donor pledges of $74 million, in addition to unquantified support from the World Bank in its hosting capacity. GRSF work has expanded to 78 countries, improving road safety outcomes through technical assistance, training and capacity building, and grant-funded activities. GRSF leverages over $40 into road safety for each dollar it receives.
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.
Soames Job, Global Lead Road Safety, World Bank and Head GRSF
Radoslaw Czapski, Program Manager for MDTF
Dipan Bose, Program Manager for Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety
Alina F. Burlacu, Transport Specialist
Sudeshna Mitra, Transport Specialist
Blair Matthew Turner, Transport Specialist
Juan Miguel Velasquez Torres, Transport Specialist
Hanayo Taguchi, Senior Operations Assistant
Monjurul Hoque Mohammad Arif Uddin, Transport Specialist
Kazuyuki Neki, Junior Professional Officer
Emiye Gebre Egziabher Deneke, Program Assistant
Giannina Raffo, Communications Specialist
Leah Watetu Mbugua, Temporary
Norma E. Silvera, Consultant
Amalia Taborga, Consultant
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GRSF focus areas are:
GRSF plays a key role in global road safety research, leadership and advocacy by participating in numerous influential initiatives. Some highlights of the GRSF impact are:
There are many other success stories that were guided or supported by GRSF funding and expertise. Thanks to the efforts of all the teams and donor partners involved in GRSF, including Bloomberg Philanthropies, UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) through the National Institute for Research (NIHR), CITA, Total Foundation, the World Bank, and other partners who make this work possible, GRSF can offer more road safety success stories and greater sustainable outcomes and results across the world.
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 the following reports:
This resource page contains links from the World Bank and its partners to research, publications and other resources on global road safety.
On the Road to Safe School Transport in China (East Asia and Pacific/2012)
Reducing Traffic Accidents in China: Strengthening the Use of Road Safety Audits (East Asia and Pacific/2012)
Confronting “Death on Wheels” Making Roads Safe in Europe and Central Asia(Eastern Europe and Central Asia/2009)
Road Safety Management Guidelines (2009/Bliss)
Improving Global Road Safety (2013/Bliss, Raffo)
Urban Road Safety
Urban Road Safety (from Sustainable Transport: A Sourcebook for Policy-Makers in Developing Cities)
Traffic Law Enforcement Across the EU
Togo Mission Report (CITA GRSF Reports)
Post-Impact Care (European Commission)
Data for Road Incident Visualization, Evaluation, and Reporting (DRIVER) Code and manuals - https://github.com/WorldBank-Transport/DRIVER
The World Bank, GRSF’s host organization, and GRSF’s past and current donors including Bloomberg Philanthropies, UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) through the National Institute for Research (NIHR), CITA and Total Foundation, have all been essential partners in funding and supporting GRSF operations.
The GRSF partners with multilateral development banks (MDBs), international and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and academia to leverage funding, technical expertise, advocacy, and learning platforms to improve road safety in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) and to save lives.
Our partners include: The Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP), AXA Insurance, the Clinton Global Initiative, the European Commission (EC), the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Foundation, the FIA High Level Panel, the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, GRSP, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), the International Road Federation (IRF), the International Transport Forum (ITF), the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Monash University, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), Road Traffic Injuries Research Network, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), TOTAL, the U.K. National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the United Nations (UN), the UN Road Safety Trust Fund (UN RSTF), the United Nations Regional Economic Commissions, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Resources Institute (WRI).
Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs):
We are grateful to the following ten members of the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP), who are recognized road safety experts and specialists external to the Bank, for their valuable contribution to the selection process of MDTF Call for Proposals and guidance on other policy issues relevant to GRSF. The Panel serves a critical role in strengthening GRSF grant application process with their technical guidance and ensuring a selection of quality proposals. We look forward to continuing to work with the Panel through next rounds of Call for Proposals.
Tony Bliss - University of Melbourne, Australia
Jeanne Breen - Global Road Safety Expert, UK
Gayle Di Pietro - Global Road Safety Expert, Italy
Harry Evdorides - University of Birmingham, UK
Subhamay Gangopadhyay - IndiaRAP, India
Raphael Grzebieta - University of New South Wales, Australia
Eric Howard - Global Road Safety Expert, Australia
Guoqing Hu - Central South University, China
G. Gururaj - National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Science, India
Olive Kobusingye - Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda
Dinesh Mohan - Shiv Nadar University, India
Maria Segui-Gomez - Global Road Safety Consultant, Spain
Wojciech Suchorzewski - Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Mouhamadou Habib Sy - Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal
Geetam Tiwari - Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India
Pieter Venter - Global Road Safety Partnership, Switzerland
Barry Watson - Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Fred Wegman - Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
George Yannis - National Technical University of Athens, Greece
*In view of the proven linkage between alcohol consumption and road crashes and the evidence for ineffective approaches to the problem from the alcohol industry, GRSF does not work with, support, or receive support from parties that derive their funding or revenues from the development, production, distribution, sale of products, related-products or services from or funded by the alcohol industry.
BIGRS IndiaRAP Webinar: World Bank and iRAP helping save lives on Indian roads
The World Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) is committed to continue to deliver knowledge and guidance for improved delivery of road safety by organizing online courses which you can attend from wherever you are in the world.
With support from a major GRSF donor (the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety, BIGRS 2020-2025), and in continuation of the BIGRS 2015-2019, the World Bank’s GRSF and iRAP have partnered to deliver periodic learning events on the iRAP methodology. Every webinar series will spotlight a country with significant road safety lessons which are more broadly applicable to be shared.
The BIGRS IndiaRAP webinar series will help building capacity of road authorities around the world interested in the iRAP methodology to eliminate high-risk roads, unlock the economic benefits of 3-star or better roads through results-based financing, and meet global SDG and UN Target obligations. Register here
World Bank and iRAP share success of the Bloomberg Philanthrophies Initiative for Global Road Safety – 10 cities and 5 countries in 5 years
On 17 December, 2020, iRAP and the World Bank deliver an important key outcomes webinar to share the success of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety. This work has driven evidence-based interventions and importantly road upgrades saving 7,000 lives from countermeasures already implemented or scoped in designs. Read More
International Transport Forum (ITF) 2018 Summit (May 23-25, 2018)
Leipzig: Road Safety was central to this year’s ITF’s 3-day Summit in Leipzig, Germany, the world’s largest gathering of transport ministers, heads of international organizations, policymakers, and public and private sectors officials. The Summit focused specifically on transport “Safety and Security” and the World Bank and GRSF played leading roles in various events. Read More
Launch of the UN Road Safety Trust Fund (April 12-13, 2018)
New York City: Following the adoption of the UN General Assembly resolution A/72/L.48, titled "Improving global road safety," Jose Luis Irigoyen, World Bank Senior Director for the Transport Global Practice delivered remarks at the launch ceremony of the much-anticipated UN Road Safety Trust Fund. Prince Michael and other road safety champions called on the UN and the GRSF to work together towards achieving the road safety-related Sustainable Development Goal 3.6. Read More
Transforming Transportation: Sustainable Mobility for All in the Digital Era (Jan 11-12, 2018)
Washington, DC: Road Safety was at the core of the 2018 edition of Transforming Transportation, co-hosted by the World Bank and EMBARQ/WRI. On Jan 12th, representatives from the World Bank Health Global Practice, WRI, private sector, and FIA joined the UN Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, to emphasize the importance of financing road safety, safer mobility for poverty alleviation, and economic development at the Plenary session: Road Safety Financing and Implementation Challenges. Read more
Road Safety: Moving Towards Vision Zero (Jan 11, 2018)
Washington, DC: On Jan. 11th, the WRI Ross Center and GRSF launched a joint-report, “Sustainable & Safe – A Vision and Guidance on Zero Road Deaths” – The report highlights the importance of the Safe System approach for improved road safety. Click here to download the report
Partnership Meeting & Report Launch (Jan 9, 2018)
Washington, DC: The same day, Bloomberg Philanthropies, GRSF, and the World Bank launched “The High Toll of Traffic Injuries: Unacceptable and Preventable,” a major report on the economic and welfare impact of road crashes in developing countries. About 100 representatives from leading international transport and mobility organizations participated in this event. Read more
GRSF Annual Board Meeting (Jan 9, 2018)
Washington, DC: The GRSF management team met with its Board members to discuss GRSF’s FY 17 Annual Report, investments and achievements, as well as future activities. The Board also welcomed the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA) as a new donor and Board member. Read more
GRSF Wins International Road Safety Award (Dec 12, 2017)
London: In the presence of 400 road safety delegates and industry leaders, Prince Michael of Kent awarded the GRSF with his prestigious International Road Safety Management Award. The award recognized GRSF’s impressive track record of implementing interventions in LMICs that effectively integrate the various aspects of road safety management, including road and vehicle safety standards, crash data analysis, agency development, and police enforcement. Read more
As Global Ambassador for the Make Roads Safe campaign, Michelle addressed the UN General Assembly in 2010 and 2014 to advocate for road safety.