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The media 'abuzz' during Africa seminar

30 August 2014

We report often on the important role the media plays in road safety. Media, in both modern social forms and more traditional mass mediums, has the ear of populations. It can influence, advise and educate; and this was on show for all to see during the GRSP 3rd Africa Seminar in Cape Town.

Local South African newspapers, news websites and television stations covered the event from the opening address from Minister Peters (Minister of Transport) right through to the closing ceremony and beyond. Government portals also shared information highlighting the importance of the now annual event.

3rd Africa Regional Seminar issues a challenge

29 August 2014

Cape Town was the host city for the Global Road Safety Partnership’s 3rd Africa Road Safety Seminar on August 12-13, dedicated to ‘Improving road safety for children in African cities’.

The seminar featured a strong line-up of expert regional and international speakers, with an opening keynote address from South African Minister for Transport, Dipuo Peters (pictured). During her passionate address, Minister Peters called for stronger support from the Ministry of Justice in the enforcement of traffic laws and the prosecution of offenders.

GRSP Asia Seminar a success

30 July 2014

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) and Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP) partnered to organize Asia Pacific Road Safety 2014 held over two weeks from 23 June to 4 July 2014 in Manila, Philippines. This comprehensive seminar, workshop and training programme comprised four key events, the GRSP Asia Seminar, iRAP Asia Pacific Workshop, ADB/ASEAN Train the Trainer Programme and GNCAP Workshop.

Since the first GRSP Asia Seminar in 2007, it has grown and cemented itself as a key event on the global road

Improving road safety for children in African cities

5 August 2014

The facts are as compelling as they are alarming. Road traffic injury is the leading cause of death among those aged 15 to19, and the second leading cause of death for those aged 5 to 14. In addition to death, tens of millions of children each year require hospital care for non-fatal injuries as a result of road crashes, many of whom are left with some form of disability, often with life-long consequences. Sadly too, the Africa region is over-represented in all categories of road crash death and injury statistics.

To look at regional and global best practice in addressing this crisis, the

A busy month for Safe to School - Safe to Home in China

30 May 2014

Having launched the Safe to School - Safe to Home programme in Ningbo City, China on November 18, 2013 with excellent attendance from stakeholders and the media, work in 2014 has been progressing well.

A safety assessment of the road and traffic environment around the 10 pilot schools is underway, with reports to be finalized in June.

Inter-province workshop for 'Safe to School - Safe to Home' in Vietnam

28 April 2014

On 10 April in Phu Ly City, the GRSP Vietnam team together with lead members from the Ha Nam Provincial Traffic Safety Committee (PTSC) conducted an inter-provincial training workshop on the 'Safe to School - Safe to Home' programme methodology.

'Safe to School - Safe to Home' has been developed by GRSP as a comprehensive, community-based road safety education programme encouraging all sectors to work together towards the protection of children on our roads.

Save the Dates for Africa Road Safety 2014

2 April 2014

We are excited to inform the road safety community that we have confirmed dates for the 2014 GRSP AFRICA ROAD SAFETY SEMINAR:

Dates: 12-13 August, 2014
Venue: Cape Town, South Africa

Theme: 'Safer Cities for Children'

This important event on the African road safety calendar will once again attract strong interest from key stakeholders including city planners, lead agency representatives, government, enforcement, private and civil sectors and will build upon the work of the 2012 and 2013 seminars.

Further details and registration details will be published here soon.

'Safe to School - Safe to Home' enters phase 2 in Vietnam

27 March 2014

March was a busy month in Vietnam for the 'Safe to School - Safe to Home' programme, as the lead country implementation entered its second phase: replication and expansion.

To start the month, the GRSP Vietnam team held a 'Train the Trainer' workshop for 40 teachers from the new schools taking up the programme to learn and practice the training methods and familiarize themselves with the Teacher Guides and e-learning materials.

Audit tool completes 'Safe to School - Safe to Home' toolkit

28 February 2014

Important field work was conducted in Vietnam this month by GRSP in-country staff and a road safety audit expert from GRSP member and respected road safety body, the ARRB Group.

Schools participating in the lead implementation of GRSP's 'Safe to School - Safe to Home' project were visited, together with two new schools which are picking up the project in 2014. The road environment around the schools was studied, the modes of transport, crossing points and general behaviour of road users were all documented and workshops were conducted with teachers.

Asia Pacific Road Safety 2014: Registrations NOW OPEN

26 February 2014

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) and Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP) are working in partnership to organise Asia Pacific Road Safety 2014. This comprehensive seminar, workshop and training programme will be conducted at the ADB headquarters in Manila, Philippines from 23 June to 4 July 2014. There will be four key events:

  • GRSP Asia Seminar (23-24 June)
  • iRAP Asia Pacific Workshop (25 June)
  • ADB/ASEAN Train the Trainer Programme (invitation only)
  • GNCAP Workshop (invitation only).

The GRSP Asia Seminar

GRSP presented with the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award

10 December 2013

10 December, 2013. At the annual awards luncheon at the Savoy, London in the presence of the Patron, HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) has been awarded the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.

Each year the most outstanding examples of international road safety initiatives are given public recognition through the scheme and form part of the Prince’s commitment to the UN Global Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

In earning this award, GRSP demonstrated over an extended period how its unique partnership model brings together

Safe to School - Safe to Home launched in China

20 November 2013

A large delegation from the Ningbo Traffic Police, representatives from the Ningbo University of Technology, media representatives, project partners, teachers, parents and school children attended the November launch of Safe to School - Safe to Home in Ningbo City, China. The event was a stand out success demonstrating the deep commitment of all parties involved in the project.

The project is launching in China following its successful current implementation in Vietnam - it is also being rolled out in Nigeria and Morocco.

Safe to School - Safe to Home is a GRSP designed initiative building

A city focus on road safety in Morocco

28 October 2013

Building on from rigorous planning and a successful mini workshop held in the middle of the year, October saw the official launch ceremony and first full session workshop of the Moroccan project, 'Mohammedia, a Model City for the Protection of Road Users', a joint collaboration between two GRSP programmes, GRSI-2 and EU MENA. 

The successful launch was held under the aegis of the Wilaya of Casablanca and the Mohammedia Prefecture in the presence of Mohammedia Governor Mrs. Fouzia Imensar. Both the launch and the following workshop were supported by the GRSI funding partners, Michelin,

Corporate Social Responsibility, The Renault Way

25 October 2013

GRSP member, Global Road Safety Initiative partner, road safety leader and corporate citizen, Renault has released the October edition of their CSR newsletter, 'Corporate Social Responsibility, The Renault Way'.

In this edition Renault places the spotlight on sustainable mobility in Korea, it's back to school for students of the innovative academic programmes funded through the Renault Foundation, a profile on accident reduction work in Brazil, the launch of a new road safety campaign in India and much more fascinating reading.

Read the Renault CSR newsletter.

World First Aid Day in Cambodia

27 September 2013

Every year on the second Saturday of September, events are held in over 100 countries to celebrate and promote World First Aid Day. This year the day was held around the theme 'First Aid and Road Safety'. As part of global actions, the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the GRSP, national societies and local government authorities organized a series of trainings and events, and advocated widely for first aid and road safety knowledge to be available to everyone, at all stages of life.  

Before the

Building capacity for 'Safe to School - Safe to Home' implementation

29 July 2013

Following the high profile launch of the 'Safe to School - Safe to Home' project in Ha Nam province in June, GRSP conducted the first workshop for stakeholders in July. The workshop combined technical sessions with practical excercises aimed at further developing the capacity of  those who will be responsible for the local implementation of the project, with particular focus on:

  • the 'Safe to School - Safe to Home' methodology and action plan;
  • road safety principles for children;
  • road safety assessment and auditing.

Building on the momentum of this project, this workshop further demonstrates the

Vientiane traffic officials to lead by example

2 July 2013

It is simply impossible to enforce a helmet wearing law if the traffic police do not wear helmets - but that's all about to change in the capital of Lao PDR, Vientiane, following the supply of 450 helmets in support of road safety initiatives.

The helmets were provided to the Ministry of Public Security's Traffic Police Department by GRSP through local partner Handicap International as part of the GRSI-2 programme. This will see Vientiane traffic officials become leaders by example on the streets.

Deputy Director of the department, Lieutenant Colonel Khamleck Xayasith said, "Officials need

'Safe to School - Safe to Home' launched in Vietnam

1 July 2013

A large gathering of local traffic police, the Provincial Traffic Safety Committee, media representatives, school teachers, parents and school children attended the June launch of GRSP's new Safe to School - Safe to Home project in Vietnam. The event was a stand out success with commitment statements from the school principals, addresses from the key implementing agencies as well as a terrific set of performances by the students all around the theme of road safety.

The project is designed as the most comprehensive child safety around schools initiative of its kind any where in the world, and

Strong progress on Moshood Abiola Way Enhancement Programme, Nigeria

31 May 2013

May was an important month for work on the Abuja City, Moshood Abiola Way Enhancement Programme with safety and informational engineering interventions undertaken.

The project focusses on a 6km section of this major Abuja City arterial road which had seen growing numbers of road crash deaths and injuries over the period 2006 through 2010 when it was identified as the project site. The project site encompasses three schools, two shopping malls, 16 intersections and carries a heavy and mixed traffic load, with very limited enforcement of road traffic laws conducted by local authorities.

'Walk Safe' training conducted for students in Cambodia

27 May 2013

In 2011, 254 pedestrians died on Cambodia's roads; an increase of 17% on the previous year. Fighting to turn the tide on pedestrian safety, the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) is working closely with the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) at both governmental and community levels to raise awareness, educate and ultimately, reverse this trend.

To look at one example, on 10 May, a 'Walk Safe' training was conducted at the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) head office which was attended by hundreds of students and teachers from primary and secondary schools in Phnom.

Building on Success in Africa - GRSP Africa Seminar Dates Announced: September 4-5, 2013

26 April 2013

Working to improve data management systems and promote effective pedestrian safety interventions in cities are two critical milestones that require special attention as countries strive towards the realization of the goals of the Decade of Action for Road Safety. 

To this end, the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) and the Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy Programme (SSATP) - two organizations that embrace the notion of a world free of road car crash death and injury - collaborated in 2012 to co-host a sub-regional ‘Road Safety in Cities’ conference in Lusaka, Zambia.

Key outcomes of

GRSP to launch new 'Safe to School - Safe to Home' project in Vietnam

30 April 2013

What could be worse than a child leaving home for school one morning, full of the promise of learning and interaction with friends, only to return home seriously injured, or worse, not returning home at all? Sadly, in Vietnam, as well as in many other countries around the world, child road traffic injuries are a serious public health problem, and road safety issues, particularly in areas frequented by school-aged children, are often not specifically addressed.

April saw GRSP take clear and decisive action towards the introduction of its all new 'Safe to School - Safe to Home' project in Ha

Wrap Up: GRSP Asia Seminar 2013 - Targeting Vulnerable Road Users

24 April 2013

Pedestrians, motorcycle, e-bike and bicycle users are the most vulnerable of all road users, accounting for half of all road traffic deaths. Fortunately, there are ways to protect these road users from harm. This year, the Global Road Safety Partnership Asia Seminar 2013 in Manila, the Philippines, hosted nearly 200 road safety experts, practitioners, business representatives and government officials from all over the world who shared ideas, initiatives and best practices to help reduce road deaths and injuries amongst vulnerable road users in the region.

“The Global Road Safety Partnership

GRSI: Strong partnership continue in 2012

28 February 2012

Over the past several years since its inception by a group of leading global corporations, the Global Road Safety Initiative (GRSI), has delivered important road safety projects in Brazil, China and several countries in Southeast Asia. 

In 2012, thanks to the support of GRSI participating partners – Michelin, Renault, Shell, Total and Toyota - GRSI will continue to support road safety programmes in these areas, while simultaneously expanding its impact to India and several countries in Africa. 

“We are tremendously pleased at the consistent growth of the Global Road Safety Initiative”,

Total expanding initiatives for road safety

27 September 2011

Total is present in 130 countries worldwide, and their efforts for road safety are steadily expanding - not only as member of the GRSP Executive Committee, and not only with their road safety initiatives in the Africa/Middle East, but additionally, now as a partner of the Global Road Safety Initiative Phase 2 (GRSI-2).

In July a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Total and GRSI-2 (signed by Andrew Pearce of GRSP), adding Total to a list of five global corporations that provide support to GRSI-2. GRSI-2 is the second phase of the Global Road Safety Initiative, the world's largest