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Global Road Safety Facility

GRSF Research: Evidence-based knowledge to address the road safety crisis




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 in Action: Effective Delivery of Global Road Safety Solutions


GRSF Goals 

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.  

GRSF Annual Report 2019

GRSF 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.

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

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

Contact us by grsf@worldbank.org


GRSF focus areas are:

  • 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 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:

  • 15,325 kilometers of roads surveyed under the GRSF – Bloomberg Program (2015-2019)
  • 10,669 professionals trained under GRSF – Bloomberg Program (2015-2019)
  • 133 applications for the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) FY19 Call for Proposals
  • $7.54 million approved resulting in 53 grants on road safety research, advisory and capacity building
  • $40 additional funding for road safety leveraged and informed by each $1 spent by GRSF
  • 41 research papers and reports published by GRS
  • 251 GRSF presentations, training/module, and workshop events

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.

GRSF Publications


GRSF Newsletters, Annual Reports, Connections, Transport Notes

Annual Reports

GRSF 2019 Annual Report

GRSF 2018 Annual Report

GRSF 2017 Annual Report

GRSF 2016 Annual Report


Newsletter 15: #RoadSafetyNews | GRSF Winter Updates 2020

GRSF Special Newsletter Issue | World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2019

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

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)

Important Resources

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

GRSF Branding Guidelines - Information and Visibility Requirements for GRSF-Supported Activities Funded through the Multi-Donor Trust Funds

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)

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)

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 - https://github.com/WorldBank-Transport/DRIVER

GRSF Donors

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.


GRSF Partners

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):


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.

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  



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.