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.
✅ Road Safety Research & Development — Funding and using applied research for low- and middle-income country road safety management.
✅ Capacity Building — Focused on the GRSF Road Safety Management Capacity Reviews, exchange of knowledge, and good international practices in road safety.
✅ Global Road Safety Leadership & Management — Partnerships for results in road safety strategy and data management, in particular with members of the UN Road Safety Collaboration.
✅ Safe Road & Roadside Infrastructure — Through road safety audits, star-rating risk surveys, safety inspections, crash-data analysis, and international good practices for roadway design.
✅ Safe Speed — Focused on promoting infrastructure-related speed management interventions along with modern speed enforcement in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies.
✅ Safe Vehicles — Promoting stronger regulations in vehicle design for protection and safety inspections on new and used vehicles through country partnerships with CITA.
✅ Safe Users — Through knowledge exchange related to the importance of safe road-user behavior and effective communications aimed at reinforcement of other road-user related safe system measures.
✅ Emergency Medical Services & Post-Crash Care — Partnering and funding with the World Bank’s Health team and organizations like WHO to scale up needed first aid, ambulatory services, trauma care and health sector crash data.
Soames Job, Global Lead Road Safety, World Bank and Head GRSF
Radoslaw Czapski, Program Manager for MDTF
Alina F. Burlacu, Program Manager, Program Manager BIGRS
Sudeshna Mitra, Transport Specialist, GRSF Road Safety Research
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, Consultant
Norma E. Silvera, Consultant
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A vital part of the GRSF mission is the Road Safety Grant Program, that supports World Bank road and urban transport investment projects as well as advancing global road safety research.
GRSF grants are provided only following annual Calls for Proposals after rigorous evaluation process 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 endorsements accompanying these requests guarantee stronger countries ownership, favors more sustainable outcomes, and provides a greater possibility for additional road safety investment in the client country.
All GRSF grant funded projects have to follow World Bank environmental and social safeguards, financial management/fiduciary requirements and procurement rules. As our grants are mostly of research nature, all GRRSF grantees are also encouraged to follow UK Aid Guidance on Safeguarding in International Development Research, including also some principles for international research during COVID-19 pandemic.
GRSF has been partnering with Bloomberg Philanthropies towards improving road safety in developing countries since 2009. Most recently, in the new Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIRGS) 2020-2025, GRSF has engaged governments to support their efforts to adopt safer road infrastructure designs and improve existing road networks to accommodate all road users, by conducting assessments of high-risk roads, providing recommendations for safety improvements, providing technical guidance on speed management, and supporting governments to adopt crash data management systems.
This new phase includes activities in the three core areas: Speed Management; Road Infrastructure Safety Assessments; and Data Management, in all 15 program countries.
In addition to saving many thousands of lives, improvements delivered by the BIGRS program –through better speed management, improved mass transit, and facilitation of active mobility– also provide co-benefits by reducing transport related greenhouse gases, air and noise pollution, as well as improving efficiency and inclusion.
GRSF initiated a new Road Safety Research Program with support of UK Aid donors. The Program includes two major components. The first component is related to the development of road safety data and capacity in the LMICs through the establishment of Road Safety Observatories in Africa and Asia, and the second component involves several applied road safety research projects to address the gap in road safety knowledge and to promote scientific road safety practices in LMICs.
In 2020, the program has initiated two important research projects to understand the limitations of crash and injury data collection processes, existing estimation processes, and the status of disabilities from road traffic crashes. GRSF has initiated collaborations with the University of Chicago’s Department of Public Health Sciences, and the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health on the mortality research and the morbidity research, respectively.
GRSF has also initiated a collaboration with the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). The GDB, IHME at the University of Washington, is a comprehensive regional and global research program that provides tools to estimate and quantify the mortality and the morbidity from major diseases, injuries, and risk factors, including road traffic crashes.
GRSF's delivery of global road safety solutions has expanded to 78 countries, saving many thousands of lives by improving road safety outcomes through grant funded research, technical assistance, advocacy, knowledge exchange, training and capacity building. Some highlights of the GRSF impact (2017-2019) are:
GRSF’s work has strongly contributed to positive road safety outcomes in many low- and middle-income countries around the world. Several broad and individual examples of GRSF’s impact and success are detailed in the following reports:
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.
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
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The 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety
The 3rd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety was held on February 19-20, 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden and offered a major opportunity for the road safety community to come together to address the road safety crisis, and to influence many key stakeholders who may not identify themselves as part of the road safety agenda.
The World Bank was represented by two vice-presidents, and together with GRSF co-sponsored, co-organized and had key speaking roles in 18 official high-level panels, sessions and side events in the 3rd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety. This representation was instrumental in reviewing the progress and defining ways to accelerate action on proven strategies to save lives.
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GRSF's Online Road Safety Training
The new e-learning training for World Bank Staff and Clients promotes a modern systems approach to road safety. Over 850 road safety professionals from around the world enrolled in a special facilitated version of this online training, which took place in April 2020. The internal self-paced version of this training is mandatory for all transport staff and is tailored to the specific needs of World Bank operations. The external self-paced version of the training is available to policymakers, planners, researchers and any other persons interested in road safety. The online course enables the GRSF to reach beyond World Bank staff, disseminating knowledge globally. With key internal and external partners, special training programs were also delivered in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Washington DC.
E-learning in times of social distancing: GRSF and IndiaRAP online series
The intention of the online learning series is to train road authorities and engineers around the world on the iRAP methodology, and support them in eliminating high-risk roads, unlocking the economic benefits of 3-star or better roads through results-based financing, and meeting global SDG and UN targets. We invite everyone to watch the recorded videos here:
> Session 1: Introduction to BIGRS and iRAP
> Session 2: Star Ratings and Safer Road Investment Plans
> Session 3: Introduction to ViDA
> Session 4: How road authorities can conduct iRAP safety assessments
Knowledge Exchange on Road Safety: Aligning Learning with Development Effectiveness
From December 2-6, 2019, the GRSF participated in the training OLC-KPOK Knowledge Exchange on Road Safety, organized by the World Bank (Open Learning Campus, Transport Global Practice, GRSF and WBG Korea Office), in collaboration with the Korea Transport Institute, the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Global Knowledge Exchange and Development Center.
In this event, GRSF convened delegations from six countries for a week-long road safety training, led by GRSF staff and Korean experts. An interactive e-learning course on road safety was developed by World Bank/GRSF/OLC specifically for this blended learning program.
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, 2019, 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
Transport GP Knowledge & Learning Forum 2019: Connecting the World - Applying Our Global Knowledge for Better Impact
Session ‘How to Use Crash Data to Save Lives in Our Client Countries’ - On October 1st, 2019, GRSF organized a training session ‘How to Use Crash Data to Save Lives in Our Client Countries’ as part of the Transport GP Knowledge & Learning Forum 2019. The aims of this activity were to raise awareness and initiate dialogue on the importance of road safety data for building support and commitment. The training presented the GRSF newly released Country Road Safety Profiles and their best uses in dialogue with client countries. Bank task team leader provided examples of data use for better road safety management, demonstrated how the tools can be used to improve data quality and shared examples of GRSF projects improving quality of data and practical application of road safety data in World Bank projects.
Winners of ARSO’s #Roads4Life Storytelling Contest
Congratulations #Roads4Life Champions! The winners of the African Road Safety Observatory's #Roads4Life storytelling contest are:
> Road safety leadership: Roads for Life in Zimbabwe
> Innovations for road safety: App for Improving Road Accident Responses in Cameroon
> Personal stories of taking a stand to address road safety issues: Botswana’s Donkey Carts Story
> Notable mention under Personal Stories: Chris Kaganzi’s Start Over Initiative in Uganda
With the goal of changing Africa’s road safety narrative, SSATP with the support of the African Union Commission (AUC), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), European Union (EU), World Bank Group (WBG) and the Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF), with funding from UKAid, launched the African Road Safety Observatory's #Roads4Life storytelling contest and social media campaign to generate awareness on Africa’s road safety crisis and identify road safety champions who are working hard to make Africa’s roads safer.
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
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.
As Global Ambassador for the Make Roads Safe campaign, Michelle addressed the UN General Assembly in 2010 and 2014 to advocate for road safety.