Newsletter 19: GRSF Spring 2021 Updates 📢 Research, Women's Month, and more!

Newsletter 19: GRSF Spring 2021 Updates 📢 Research, Women's Month, and more!

Have you heard the news? The new and improved GRSF website is LIVE!

New GRSF website imageThe World Bank's Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) is pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website:!

This project was made possible thanks to the support of our donors: UK Aid, Bloomberg Philanthropies, CITA, Total Foundation, the World Bank, and many of our global partners.

Better access to and use of GRSF research and products will improve guidance and advocacy actions to address the global road safety crisis. Some of the great new features of this site are:

☑️  Interactive Road Safety Country Profiles
☑️  Speed Management Hub featuring key FAQs
☑️  DRIVER platform including tutorials
☑️  Special pages for success stories, programs, tools and more!

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First Guide to Help Identify What Works and What Does Not Work in Road Safety

On March 15, 2021, GRSF launched the Guide for Road Safety Interventions: Evidence of What Works and What Does Not Work.

This guide responds to the critical need for effective evidence-based solutions, offering a range of recommendations with a focus on interventions in low- and middle-income countries. The contents will be valuable to those working on road safety at policy or practitioner levels, including international development organization technical teams and others who seek to establish, expand, or improve road safety programs in low- and middle-income countries.

The report also guides action: There are effective alternative interventions described in the report to encourage decision-makers to consider and adopt the most effective options.

To view and download the report, please visit:

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What is the real cost of speeding on people and the environment? These 6 graphs tell the story

Well-established evidence shows the importance of managing travel speeds for road safety, for efficiency, for improved inclusion, and for greenhouse gas and other emissions. Thus, speed management is a strong policy lever for the breadth of issues which must be addressed for sustainable mobility.

Reduced speeds of travel represent a major, yet under-appreciated, opportunity to improve safety, climate change impacts of travel, health, inclusion, the economy, and in some circumstances, congestion. Speed management can be achieved through a range of interventions including road infrastructure and vehicle technology, as well as enforcement and promotion.

The six graphs presented in this note tell a powerful story, across the range of these benefits of speed management. » Download note here


✅ GRSF Launched the Speed Management Hub at the 2021 Transforming Transportation Conference

TT21 bannerGRSF hosted a Knowledge Booth at the 2021 Transforming Transportation Conference. The event brought together sustainable mobility world leaders from the public, private, academic, and civil society spheres in a global virtual event to discuss the path forward.

In this booth, GRSF presented for the first time the Speed Management Hub – an online platform that provides evidence-based road safety knowledge to help manage speed through infrastructure interventions, effective enforcement, targeted awareness measures, and vehicle technology. The GRSF team showcased the most innovative features of the platform, including the FAQs on speed management, a rich digital library, interactive content, and more!

In total, 370 participants from 79 countries visited the GRSF’s Knowledge Booth at TT21!

✅ GRSF Executive Board Meeting: Reporting a Year of Road Safety Success

GRSF Board Meeting bannerOn February 17, 2021, GRSF held its Annual Executive Board Meeting (virtually) with representatives of UK Aid (represented by FCDO and DHSC/NIHR), Bloomberg Philantropies, CITA, EIB, Total Foundation and the World Bank. In this meeting, GRSF reported on the progress in the implementation of grant co-funded activities that are made possible thanks to continuous support from the Board. 

The Board commended GRSF for the efforts made, despite numerous pandemic challenges, resulting in a significant progress in delivery of Grant Program; Research Program; implementation of Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety; road safety capacity building in Africa; and vehicle safety improvements, as summarized in the GRSF Annual Report 2020. Board Members congratulated GRSF on being recognized by winning three 2020 Prince Michael Road Safety Awards. The Board expressed their full support for ongoing and planned GRSF activities in the context of UN Decade of Action in Road Safety 2030.


✅ The State of Emergency Medical Services in Sub-Saharan Africa

EMS report bannerAn evaluation of the various Emergency Medical Services (EMS) models and mechanisms in place in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is critical in order to have a better understanding of what can be improved upon for effective pre-hospital and emergency care services. With grant funding provided by the GRSF, this report aims to explore the State of EMS Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa through a review of the models and mechanisms being developed across various States. 

The premise of the report focuses on the fundamentals for effectively providing satisfactory treatment to those in need of urgent medical care, while also recognizing that there are multiple pathways, framed by the respective legislative, legal and regulatory enabling environments, towards a more formal and sustainable EMS model. » Download report here

✅ Road Safety Management Capacity Assessment for the Solomon Islands

solomon islands reportsThis Road Safety Management Capacity Assessment seeks to gain a broad understanding of the Solomon Islands Government road safety management capacity in order to support the country's development of a national strategy and plan of action to improve road safety outcomes, and subsequently implement those actions effectively.

This report is based on a series of technical meetings with Solomon Islands road safety stakeholders, which followed the seven critical road safety institutional management functions (Bliss and Breen 2013) to identify key challenges and provide recommendations for improvement in road safety management. The report outlines key findings and recommendations related to both the road safety institutional management functions within the Solomon Islands, and the Safe System Approach, whilst also identifying targeted priority next steps to address road crash death and serious injury in the country. » Download report here



As part of International Women’s Month, the World Bank and GRSF published two blogs on women and road safety considering how road safety impacts women differently from men, and how road safety is impacted differently by women from men. Additionally, GRSF produced an article highlighting how the women leadership in its team has been fundamental for the global impact of GRSF.

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Who is safer on the road, men or women?

In this blog, two leading road safety advocates, Alina F. Burlacu, Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank and Karla Gonzalez Carvajal, Practice Manager, World Bank, have been reflecting on a key question: are men and women equally safe when using a road?  » Read blog here

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Road crashes affect women and men differently—here’s why

How can we explain the imbalance between male and female crash fatalities? Beyond mortality, are there any other differences in the way road crashes impact men and women? In this blog, Wei Yan, Transport Specialist, World Bank and Dr. Soames Job, Head of GRSF try to tackle some of these questions using India as an example.  » Read blog here

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Women for Road Safety: GRSF transport specialists leading the work to save lives on the road

Meet Sudeshna Mitra (India), Alina F. Burlacu (Romania), and Marisela Ponce de León Valdés (Mexico). They are transport specialists leading GRSF's work and creating effective delivery of global road safety solutions!  » Learn more here


✅  Improving Crash Data Management in Fortaleza

Fortaleza story bannerOn December 4, 2020, the city of Fortaleza launched a public dashboard to share detailed road crash data with the public. This dashboard is part of the wider efforts by the city of Fortaleza of improving crash data management and customizing DRIVER, the World Bank open-source system. With support of GRSF under BIGRS and in partnership with the University of Fortaleza, the platform was customized to local needs, adding key functionalities such as web-based data entry, multi-agency data linkage, and to link data from different agencies. » Learn more here

✅  A Decade of Action for Road Safety: Creating a World Free of High-Risk Roads

iRAP partnership bannerOne year on from the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, iRAP has captured its first Decade impact with an image-rich virtual story - "A World Free of High-Risk Roads: A Decade of Action to Save Lives". Featuring GRSF, this report shows the key role of GRSF's funding and guidance (i.e. Star Rating for Designs) and the importance of GRSF-iRAP partnership. » Learn more about this partnership here

✅  World Bank and iRAP helping save lives in Latin America: BIGRS 2020-25 – Key outcomes webinar

LAC webinar storyThe webinar series World Bank and iRAP helping save lives in Latin America helped build capacity of road authorities in Latin America 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. The series presented on December 2, 3, 9 and 10 had about 300 participants from 29 countries in each session. » Watch the video recordings here

✅  Global Meeting of Regional Road Safety Observatories

RRSO meeting bannerOn December 8-9, 2020, the Ibero-American Road Safety Observatory, the African Road Safety Observatory and the Asian Pacific Road Safety Observatory conveyed the 1st Global Meeting of Regional Road Safety Observatories, in collaboration with several international institutions: Fédération Internationale de l´Automobile, World Bank, International Transport Forum, Asian Development Bank, Sub-saharan Africa Transport Policy Program, World Health Organization, African Union, and the International Organization serving Ibero-America. This global conference contributed to keep the momentum created at the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety held in Stockholm last February, and contribute to strengthening collaboration and harmonization across these regional observatories. » Watch the video recordings here

✅  Celebrating India Road Safety Month | Jan 17 – Feb 18, 2021

Together for RS campaign bannerAs part of the Together for Road Safety campaign in South Asia, the World Bank launched a new report on Traffic Crash Injuries and Disabilities: The Burden on Indian Society, which highlights the impact of road crashes on the poorest and most vulnerable population. Speakers at the virtual launch included Transport Minister of India Nitin Gadkari, World Bank South Asia Vice-President Hart Schafer, and CEO of SaveLIFE Foundation Piyush Tewari. Vice President Schafer also participated in an event hosted by the Government of Tamil Nadu to celebrate the state’s achievements in improving road safety.  » Check out more blogs, videos & materials here.



📰 GRSF presentation on the 6th Global Interactive Forum on Traffic and Safety

Dr. Soames Job, Head of the GRSF and Mr. Kazuyuki Neki, Junior Professional Officer, GRSF, presented a lecture on the role of cultural diversity in the management of road safety at the 6th Global Interactive Forum on Traffic and Safety. » Watch recording here

📰 GRSF presentation at the event launch of the Ten Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure in Tanzania

The Tanzania Minister for Works and Transport, H.E. Eng. Dr. Leonard Madaraka Chamuriho, officially launched the “Ten Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure” project in an on-line National workshop that brought around the table key national and international organizations. » Learn more here

📰 Western Visayas to modernize road accident data collection

The Development Administration Committee of the Regional Development Council VI of the Philippines has endorsed the adoption and implementation of an innovative system for road crash data collection during its first regular meeting on March 3, 2021. The DRIVER System is expected to be rolled out in the region within the year.  » Learn more here

📰  India Witnesses 'Highest in the World' Road Accident Deaths, 11 Percent of Global Fatalities: World Bank

📰  India accounts for 11 per cent of total global death due to road accidents: World Bank
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📰  World Bank : Road crashes affect women and men differently—here's why

📰  Municipio de Quito firmó un convenio que busca reducir muertes por accidentes de tránsito
El Comercio

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