Our Purpose. Our Organisation. La rassegna stampa di Claudio Martino ( AIFVS )

Our Purpose. Our Organisation. La rassegna stampa di Claudio Martino ( AIFVS )

The non-profitGlobal Road Safety Partnershipwas formed in 1999. Our Members are leading multi- and bi-lateral development agencies, governments, businesses and civil society organisations.

Hosted by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent [Mezza Luna] Societies, we are governed through a constitution approved by a Steering Committee [comitato guida] of our Members.

Our role is to create and support multi-sector road safety Partnerships that are engaged with front-line [prima linea] good practice road safety interventions in countries and communities throughout the world.

We play a powerful role in capacity building and training of road safety practitioners, engage actively in advocacy at all levels, provide road safety programme coordination at the global level and are a recognised expert source of road safety knowledge and good practice.

The Global Road Safety Partnership Constitution can be downloaded here.

Our Vision

Our vision is “A world free of road crash death and injury.”

It is mankind that invented motorised transport just over 100 years ago, an astonishingly [stupefacente] valuable mobility  tool that has revolutionised global development.

Unfortunately, the moving vehicles bring with them huge amounts of energy – far more than a human body can withstand [resistere] on impact.

We allow vehicles and people to come into close contact very regularly, and the resulting losses globally are disastrous – over 3000 people are being killed every day, some 700 of them are children.

However, something that mankind has developed can also be controlled by mankind.

For example, in the air, where in 2010, not one single fare-paying [passeggero pagante] passenger was killed in the OECD [The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD) (FrenchOrganisation de coopération et de développement économiquesOCDE)] countries.

Some countries have shown that they can bring death and injury down through systematic attention to the legal and regulatory environment, coupled with continuous public education and enforcement of the law. Some cities have shown they can get all their children to and from school safely, year in, year out. Some companies have shown that they can manage large vehicle fleets for years without death or injury. We need to build and extend upon these successes in all sectors of society until we can reap the benefits of motorised mobility without accepting the catastrophic  social losses that are now occurring.

Our Mission

The Global Road Safety Partnership is dedicated to the sustainable reduction of road-crash death and injury in low- and middle-income countries, which suffer 90 per cent of the 1.3 million annual deaths and 50 million serious injuries that arise from road crashes. 

Our Strategy

Our strategy has the following key elements:

  • Increasing our activities and becoming “Partner and Deliverer of Choice” for global good practice road safety investments aimed at implementing the UN Resolution 64/255 “Improving Global Road Safety”
  • Promoting alignment and collaboration for a “Decade of Action” on road safety
  • Leveraging our activity through strategic partnerships with large global organisations, and in particular the Red Cross & Red Crescent movement
  • Creating and supporting road safety partnerships between business, government and civil society at regional, national, provincial or city level
  • Delivering and facilitating evidence-based road safety interventions on UN and World Report key themes of helmets, seat belts, drink driving, speed, fleet safety, vulnerable road users
  • Demonstrating our success through consistent metrics of our “outputs” and “outcomes”
  • Creating professional and institutional road safety capacity where we operate
  • Adding to freely available global road safety knowledge
  • Securing increased funding and extending the time we are funded for


Initiated by the World Bank Group in February 1999, Global Road Safety Partnership stakeholders have been identifying ways in which they could work together to improve road safety globally.

The Global Road Safety Partnership is one of four Business Partners for Development (BPD) programs initiated by the World Bank. BPD is a project-based initiative that studies, supports and promotes strategic examples of partnerships for the development of communities around the world. The underlying concept of BPD is built on the premise that partnerships benefit the long-term interests of the business sector while meeting the social objectives of communities by helping to create stable social and financial environments.

Road safety offers an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders to actively engage in addressing the global problem of road crashes, deaths and injuries. Previous efforts by governments and donors to try to improve road safety in developing and transitional countries have had limited success and many interventions simply have not been financially or institutionally sustainable. The Global Road Safety Partnership aims to identify innovative ways to improve road safety by applying the business partnership approach. It produces solid evidence that partnerships offer win-win benefits for all parties and that this approach can be widely used throughout the world.


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