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.
Global Lead Road Safety, World Bank and Head GRSF
Program Manager, GRSF (Acting)
Program Manager for Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety, GRSF
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.
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:
Other outcomes include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Jeanne Breen (PACTS)
Gayle de Piertro (International Road Safety Expert)
Raphael Grzebieta (University of New South Wales)
Eric Howard (Monash University)
Dinesh Mohan (Shiv Nadar University)
Mouhamadou Habib Sy (Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar)
Maria Segui-Gomez (Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy)
Wojciech Suchorzewski (Warsaw University of Technology)
Geetam Tiwari (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi)
Pieter Venter (GRSP)
Fred Wegman (Monash University)
George Yannis (the National Technical University of Athens)
*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 Newsletters, Annual Reports, Connections, Transport Notes
Other Important Resources
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)
Donor websites and publications
Road Safety by Focus Area
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
As Global Ambassador for the Make Roads Safe campaign, Michelle addressed the UN General Assembly in 2010 and 2014 to advocate for road safety.