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Secretariat

The Global Road Safety Partnership Secretariat is based at the headquarters of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Geneva. The Secretariat is lead by a Chief Executive, who has overall responsibility for all operational activities of the Partnership. We also have staff based in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and Lebanon.

Our Management Team works with the CEO to plan the activities. The Management Team prepares an annual business plan and strategy, which is discussed and approved by the Executive Committee. The plans are then carried out by the whole Global Road Safety Partnership team. Our work is organised into five geographical areas: Asia, Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions. Within each region there are a variety of ways in which our Global Road Safety Partnership team helps partnerships to achieve improvements in road safety. The common element of all these methods is that we always work with government, business and civil society groups in order to support the national, regional or local Road Safety Plan.

The principal methods are:

  • Working in multi-country good practice projects, aimed at the key risk factors of helmets, seat belts, drinking and driving, speed management and vulnerable road users
  • Helping to form an in-country partnership that carries out multi-sector programme work - this can be at a national, regional, or city level
  • Hiring an in-country manager to co-ordinate all our work in a particular country
  • Providing and expert advisor to help develop partnership work in a country
  • Providing an expert advisor to help a city manage its road safety culture

Our work typically involves:

  • Forging sustainable partnerships between relevant government officials, business interests and civil society organisations committed to improving road safety
  • Seeking agreement on the kind of interventions the partnership is willing to support
  • Seeking commitment of the time and money needed to implement the chosen partnership programme of projects and other activities
  • Monitoring implementation of the programme and projects against agreed targets
  • Advocating for road safety