The Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF), a global partnership program administered by the World Bank, was established in 2006 with a mission to help address the growing crisis of road traffic deaths and injuries 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 and managerial capacities. Since its inception, it has operated 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 Banks transport global practice and leverage road safety investments in transport operations in client countries. Through this process over the last several years, GRSF has established itself as one of the highly impactful leaders of the global road safety agenda.
The GRSF targets activity paralleling areas of importance in the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. Road safety through better infrastructure, pedestrian safety, road crash data collection, post-crash care, vehicle safety, and enforcement of rules and legislation will be of particular focus areas for this commitment. It will allow partners that apply for funding to receive critical funds to take action and scale up project in the above areas in developing countries.
Our partnership approach is predicated on the idea of using our extensive road safety management and delivery models to invest in critical areas for better road safety management in countries on a case-by-case basis. We have invested in creating global partnerships for road safety, such as the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, WHOs Department of Injuries and Violence Prevention, the International Roads Assessment Program, the Harvard School of Public Health, and many others.
The GRSF commits to distribute $2 million in allocated grant funding this year (encompassing the World Banks Fiscal Year 2017) towards better road safety to meet the UN SDG goals. The GRSF will issue a Call for Proposals before the end of Sept. 2016 and target specific initiatives to meet the amount pledged.
The areas of focus are road safety in urban areas (SDG 11.2), road safety and health interventions (SDG 3.6), road safety and transport and/or ICT. Road safety in urban areas means making cities safe and sustainable, ensuring investment in public transport, improving urban planning and management, and guaranteeing vulnerable road users are protected. Proposals focusing on how the health and planning sectors will meet the challenges for road safety under the SDG goals and targets are essential.
September 2016: Call for Proposals
January 2017: 50% Allocation
June 2017: 100% Allocation
June 2017-June 2018: Monitoring and Evaluation
Motorized road transport imposes a large burden on population health, resulting in more than 1.5 million deaths and 79.6 million healthy years of life lost annually. Road injuries have a substantial impact on maternal and child health. Health loss attributable to motorized road transport exceeds that from key risk factors affecting children, including childhood underweight and suboptimal breastfeeding.
Road injuries rank among the top 10 causes of death after the first year of life through age 59. In addition, road injuries are a top 10 cause of death among women of childbearing age and are the fourth-leading cause among women aged 15 to 29 years. 90% of all road crashes happen in developing countries (World Bank, 2014).
Now established as a priority in the Sustainable Development Goals under both health and cities (Goals 3 and 11), partnerships for road safety action in developing countries are critical. By investing in key areas of importance on a country-basis, the challenge of meeting better road safety will be achieved in large part by coalitions of partners transferring technical knowledge to these countries in order to avoid the roughly 30 -40 year cycle it took the best performing road safety countries like Sweden, the UK and the Netherlands to successfully address their road safety management systems. Road crashes are especially devastating and costly because victims are typically young, thus hindering sustainable development
GRSF is seeking development and implementation partners, media support for the work of GRSF, and interested donors to join the work of GRSF.
Since GRSFs establishment, road safety lending has increased 696% in the Bank (from $56 million to $446 million), growing at an annual rate of 21%. For every $1 spent in grant funding from GRSF, we are getting approximately US$39 back in direct investment by countries in road safety. Beyond these stories lies a wealth of opportunity for partners and donors to help with addressing one of the most neglected public health crises of the 21st century. Road injuries are a bigger burden of disease than malaria, yet receives a tiny fraction of the donor dollars given for example to the Global Fund for HIV, TB and Malaria.
The GRSF is pleased to offer grant funding consistent with the goals of the program and in line with the SDG Target for Road Safety, as well as the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 to eligible organization working to save lives particularly in low income countries.