Global Road Safety Facility

About the Program

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.

Click here for a 2-page update on the GRSF work program: Road Crashes are the #1 Killer of the Young Worldwide.

Meet the team

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

Noor Ibrahim Mohamed, Transport Specialist

Sudeshna Mitra, Transport Specialist

Juan Miguel Velasquez Torres, Transport Specialist

Hanayo Taguchi, Senior Operations Assistant

Emiye Gebre Egziabher Deneke, Program Assistant

William Majani Wambulwa, Intern     

Norma E. Silvera, Consultant

Amalia Taborga, Consultant

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The GRSF has worked to improve road safety outcomes in 64 countries around the world with US $44.6 million disbursed, of which over 40% has gone to support external partners such as World Health Organization (WHO), EBRD, Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), UN Regional Commissions, International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, UN Economic Commission for Europe, CAF and others.

  • Safe infrastructure
  • Road Safety Research and Development
  • Global Road Safety Leadership and Management
  • Capacity Building
  • Vehicle Safety
  • Police Enforcement
  • Emergency Medical Services and Post-crash Care

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 Global Road Safety Facility: Leveraging Global Road Safety Success and the GRSF 2018 Annual Report.


Some individual examples of GRSF’s impact include:

Increasing Road Safety in Argentina

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

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.



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.



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

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

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

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.



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

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.

GRSF Donors

The World Bank, GRSF’s host organization, and GRSF’s past and current donors including UK Aid (DFID), the Bloomberg Philanthropies, the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA),  FIA Foundation, DFAT/Australia, SIDA, and the Government of the Netherlands have all been essential partners in funding and supporting GRSF operations.



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:


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.

GRSF Technical Advisory Panel

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.

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  

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


GRSF Publications

GRSF Strategic Plan 2013-2020

“The High Toll of Traffic Injuries: Unacceptable and Preventable” Key Findings

The High Toll of Traffic Injuries: Unacceptable and Preventable (2018)

Sustainable & Safe A vision and Guidance for Zero Road Deaths (2018) by WRI and WB

Leveraging Global Road Safety Success

Reducing Traffic Accidents in China: Strengthening the Use of Road Safety Audits (2012)

Bertrand Badre: Road Safety is an issue of equity for the poor (2015)

Road Injuries in 18 countries (Harvard/GRSF)


GRSF Newsletters, Annual Reports, Connections, Transport Notes


Newsletter 14: #RoadSafetyNews | GRSF Fall Updates 2019

Newsletter 13: Spring Recap - Boosting Road Safety

Newsletter 12: UK Reaffirms Support to Global Road Safety Facility with new £10.6 million Commitment in Aid Funding

Newsletter 11: Leveraging Road Safety Through Bloomberg Philanthropies Grant Funding

Newsletter 10: Road Safety at the International Transport Forum 2018 Summit

Newsletter 9: Road Safety gets the Spotlight at the UN General Assembly

Newsletter 8: DRIVER – The Bank’s Sustainable Solution for Road Crash Data Management

Newsletter 7: Transforming Transportation and Safer Mobility

Newsletter 6: Road Traffic Injuries and Fatalities Hold Back Developing Countries

Newsletter 5: Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) Wins International Road Safety Award

Newsletter 4: GRSF and Bloomberg’s Quest for Safer Urban Roads and Mobility

Newsletter 3: Call for Larger GRSF Role

Newsletter 2: GRSF and Disability

Newsletter 1: Our Global Reach

Road Crashes are the #1 Killer of the Young Worldwide

Annual Reports

GRSF 2018 Annual Report

GRSF 2017 Annual Report

GRSF 2016 Annual Report

GRSF Notes

GRSF Note 2019.1. Leveraging road safety through donor-programs in World Bank projects


Better Crash Data can improve road safety (2018)

The Cost of Inaction: Can we afford not to invest in road safety? (2018)

Reducing Road Deaths an Urban Development Goal (2015)

Transport Notes

Measuring Road Safety Performance through Regional Observatory in Latin America (2014)

Road Traffic Injuries: a public health crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (2013)


Global Resources

Global Plan for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety

The Sustainable Development Goals: Road Safety Global Mobility Report (2017

Making Roads Safer (2014)

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 (2014)

A Shared Approach to Managing Road Safety (MDB joint statement)

The Road Safety Manual (World Road Association)

iRAP Toolkit (website)


Other Important Resources

Good Practice Note: Environment & Social Framework for IPF Operations Road Safety (2019)

Transport Note: Road Traffic Injuries in MENA (2014)

Burden of Road Injuries in Sub-Saharan Africa (2014)

Guidelines for mainstreaming road safety in regional trade road corridors (Africa/2013)

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)

Road Injuries in 18 Countries (2011)

Confronting “Death on Wheels” Making Roads Safe in Europe and Central Asia(Eastern Europe and Central Asia/2009)


Donor websites and publications

UK Department for International Development (DFID)

DFID Annual Report 2016-2017  

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies, Annual Report 2018

Bloomberg Philanthropies, Road Safety

International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA)

FIA Foundation


Road Safety by Focus Area

Capacity Building

Road Safety Management Guidelines (2009/Bliss)

Improving Global Road Safety (2013/Bliss, Raffo)

Measuring Road Safety Through Regional Observatory in Latin America (2014)

Safe Infrastructure

The iRAP methodology

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)


Speed Management: A Road Safety Manual

Drinking and Driving: A Road Safety Manual

Road Safety Enforcement and Traffic Policing in Moldova

Traffic Law Enforcement Across the EU

Vehicle Safety

International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA)

Global NCAP

Togo Mission Report (CITA GRSF Reports)

Post-Crash Care

Post-Impact Care (European Commission)

Post-Crash Response in the Ibero-American Countries

Data for Road Incident Visualization, Evaluation, and Reporting 

DRIVER Code and manuals -



Michelle Yeoh

Actress and Ambassador

Meet Michelle Yeoh, actress and road safety advocate.

As Global Ambassador for the Make Roads Safe campaign, Michelle addressed the UN General Assembly in 2010 and 2014 to advocate for road safety.