Newsletter 18: GRSF Fall Updates 2020 | Events, Call for Proposals FY21, and more!

Newsletter 18: GRSF Fall Updates 2020 | Events, Call for Proposals FY21, and more!

Reducing road deaths and injuries with the new World Bank–Bloomberg Philanthropies partnership

c9523594-2284-4c0a-8216-b5cdf819f16bThe World Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) has been partnering with Bloomberg Philanthropies toward improving road safety in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) since 2009. Most recently, with the new Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIRGS) 2020-2025, GRSF is fulfilling key roles in supporting governments’ efforts to adopt safer road designs and improve existing road networks to accommodate all road users. Activities led by GRSF under the BIGRS program include 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.

The new phase of this impactful partnership will cover 15 countries (Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam), and will focus on activities in three core areas: Speed Management; Road Infrastructure Safety Assessments; and Data Management.



Call for expression of interest in GRSF-funded Research Activities


All partners interested in cooperating with GRSF on the delivery of advanced road safety research activities are welcome to respond to the Request for Expression of Interest No. 1271578*. The deadline for submission is December 22, 2020.


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New Resource To Help Save Lives and Improve Sustainable Mobility for All Road Users 

Supported by GRSF through the BIGRS initiative, the International Road Assessment Program (iRAP) and NACTO launched the new iRAP Star Ratings of NACTO-GDCI’s Global Street Design Guide. This guide is a new global blueprint for safer and higher-performing streets, addressing the 1.35 million deaths and up to 50 million injuries occurring on the road every year.

High-quality road design takes the needs of all road users into account. This complements the existing Global Street Design Guide by adding iRAP Star Rating to the baseline and improved designs and will allow road designers in cities all around the world to understand the scale of the safety benefits that good road design can deliver. In addition, it will provide innovative ideas to those planning for safety upgrades to their streets. And very importantly, it is freely available to everyone.

> Download the free resource here

> Read more on how to use the document here

Moving the Needle for Greater Impact: A Look Behind the Trust Fund Scenes 

Trust funds complement and scale-up World Bank operations by delivering smarter development solutions for countries. The 2020 Trust Fund Annual Report explores the trends in this integral component of aid architecture. Through 32 stories, this report shows how they help countries achieve greater impact.

GRSF is proud to be part of this report, which showcases our global effort to provide funding and expertise to country-level projects. In this report, you will learn more about the Nepal Road Safety Barriers for Open Roads Project – where GRSF, with funding from UK Aid, financed the installation of 73,000 meters of crash barriers along some of the Nepal’s deadliest cliff-side roads. Based on crashes saved in the first year, these new barriers will save up to 3,456 lives over the 20-year life of the barriers, in addition to preventing countless injuries.

> Download the TFAR 2020 report

> Watch the 2020 Trust Fund Results Video

GRSF in Action 

✅ Webinar Series: Transit Oriented Development and Road Safety 

The workshop series “Integration of Road Safety Considerations in Transit-Oriented Development Projects” was developed by the World Bank and the World Resources Institute, India (WRI India) thanks to funding from UK Aid, through GRSF. From October 1-22, four learning sessions, with over 500 participants, described how to systematically integrate Road Safety in the planning, design, implementation and financing of transit-oriented development (TOD) programs.

The series built on the new World Bank/WRI India note called Good Practice Note: Integration of Road Safety Considerations in Transit-Oriented Development projects and on new sections being developed for the second edition of the 'TOD Implementation and Resource Tools', under the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities.
We invite everyone to watch the recorded videos and presentations here.

✅ Online BIGRS Workshop: Essentials of Road Safety Engineering for African nations 

8e4b0ee7From October 13 to November 3, GRSF hosted a series of online modules that offered practical guidance on enhancing road safety in Africa. Organized under the BIGRS initiative, these virtual learninf sessions were part of the workshop “Essentials of Road Safety Engineering.”

Featuring “real life” black spots and road safety audits, this 6-module workshop presented the theory of road safety engineering and backed it up with practical “real world” case studies. More than 220 participants were trained, including government officers, consultants, contractors, development officials, and members of the police, academia and research institutes.

We invite everyone to watch the recordings here.

✅ Road Safety Calculator Outreach Webinar Series 

a39c7071GRSF, Iowa State University and Monash University hosted a series of outreach webinars intending to collect feedback on the Road Safety Calculator – a new tool that is being developed by GRSF with funding from the UK Aid to help prioritize road safety interventions in low- and middle-income countries.

This new tool is intended to allow practitioners to quantify the benefits of implementing road safety strategies. The objective is to help government agencies and non-governmental organizations set priorities for road safety interventions in the areas of road user behavior, vehicle safety features, roadway infrastructure, and traffic speed management.

As part of this process, the project team gathered information about the characteristics and needs of potential tool users. With more than 200 participants over 3 days, each session provided an overview of the tool, followed by group discussions to learn more about desirable applications of the tool, country-specific data, policy constraints, and information and training needs.

✅ First Workshop on the Implementation of the Asia-Pacific Road Safety Observatory 

74cd9538The first workshop on the implementation of the Asia-Pacific Road Safety Observatory (APRSO), counted with 146+ participants and focused on discussing the APRSO short and medium term workplan; the ongoing APRSO studies and initiatives; and promoting good practice, including on national and regional road safety polices and strategies.

In this event, Hartwig Schafer, World Bank Vice President for South Asia, shared a video message reiterating the World Bank’s support to the powerful mission of road safety observatories. Soames Job, Head of GRSF, delivered a presentation on the practical value of sound police crash data in delivery of road safety, and Alina Burlacu, GRSF focal point for Asia, spoke about road safety data collection and analysis. The presentations were followed by questions and comments from workshop participants, which included a discussion on the use of improved data to inform progress toward the SDGs road safety targets.

Learn more about APRSO here

✅ Promoting Speed Management in Colombia: GRSF present in Colombia’s Mobility Week and Bogota’s Road Safety Week  

0b811c8aIn Colombia, 40% of fatal crashes are due to speeding. In a bid to help address the road safety crisis in low and middle income countries, GRSF and the BIGRS initiative, in partnership with the National Road Safety Agency of Colombia (ANSV) and with the Secretariat of Mobility (SoM) in Bogota, hosted two online conversations about speed management in Colombia within the framework of the Colombian Mobility Week #SemanaMovilidadCo and Bogota’s Road Safety Week.

These conversations were great platforms to elevate the importance of speed management and promote all the speed management activities and innovation that GRSF and other BIGRS partners are undertaking. The events had 80+ attendees, including Luis Lota, ANSV’s director, who expressed his appreciation for the valuable inputs arising from this discussion on speed management in Colombia, as well as participation from Secretaries of Mobility of four large Colombian cities.

✅ RIGHT 4 Call Opens to Tackle Unintentional Injuries, Urgent and Emergency care

c8abd0cdThe fourth call of the Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation programme (RIGHT) was launched this week to fund research on unintentional injuries, urgent and emergency care in LMICs. For the first time, RIGHT is seeking direct proposals from researchers in LMIC institutions for funding of £1-5 million over 3-5 years.

RIGHT call 4 will close on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, GRSF applauds the UK Aid’s National Institute for Health Research commitment to research and injury prevention, and encourage researchers to apply. Learn more here!

✅ DRIVER: Better Data for Safer Roads in the Philippines 

4bea2031The Data for Road Incident Visualization, Evaluation and Reporting System (DRIVER) is being scaled-up in the Philippines with support from the World Bank and GRSF under the BIGRS and the Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) Partnership. To further enforce this process, the Philippine National Police (PNP) released a Memorandum Circular institutionalizing the nationwide use of DRIVER. With this initiative, PNP stations and offices in the country will be mandated to integrate DRIVER into their daily workflow. This new legislation is another strong milestone in establishing DRIVER as the national crash data collection system in the Philippines and serves as a good example for other countries interested in using the platform.

In connection with the release of this Memorandum Circular, the World Bank team prepared a 5-min video presentation introducing both DRIVER and the memorandum, to be presented to key officers from PNP regional offices throughout the country via an online meeting.

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