World-first Ten Step Project Celebrates Success in Tanzania

World-first Ten Step Project Celebrates Success in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, 2 March 2023. Capacity to eliminate high-risk roads and curb the more than 16,000 people (WHO 2018) who die on Tanzania’s roads annually has taken a leap thanks to the innovative Tanzania Ten Step Plan Project, celebrated at a completion event in Dar-es-Salaam today. 

Jointly funded by the United Nations Road Safety Fund (UNRSF) and by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (UKAid), through the Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) of the World Bank, the 30-month pilot project has built sustainable institutional capacity for safer roads, as well as impact and partnerships to save lives and reduce serious injuries resulting from road crashes. 

Under the guidance of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) the project has been implemented by a consortium led by the International Road Federation (IRF), and including the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), the World Road Association (PIARC) and the Tanzania Roads Association (TARA). The project has brought together the Government of Tanzania through MoWT, TANROADS, TARURA, National Institute of Transport (NIT), and other leading institutions, NGOs and industry stakeholders in Tanzania. 

Since its launch in March 2021, the project has helped to embed improvements in how thousands of new and existing kilometres of Tanzania’s road network will be designed, upgraded, and managed for improved road safety now and in the future. Over 500 local stakeholders have been trained and certified on road safety audits, iRAP assessments, and start rating of designs. Thanks to the assessments performed during the project, infrastructure safety data has now been expanded to more than 10,000 km.  The project has also delivered recommendations for a National Road Infrastructure Safety Strategy and Action Plan that puts the safety of all road users at its heart. 

The establishment of TanRAP, a locally owned and led Road Assessment Programme for Tanzania, the revision of the road geometric design manual, and the development of a dedicated training and accreditation scheme are among the key project achievements being celebrated today at the event. 

Represented by Hon. Saad Mtambule, Commissioner Kinondoni District, the Hon. Prof. Makame M. Mbarawa (MP), Minister for Works and Transport, Tanzania said “Road safety is the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5-29 years old. We have a moral obligation to act and to reverse this trend and the Ten Step Project has equipped us with the knowledge, skills and tools to do so. We feel proud for this privilege and for the results that these 30 months of collective work have delivered”. The Minister also recognised the dedicated collaboration of many national and international partners, who have made Tanzania the very first country in the world to implement the project. 

Project results and ongoing TanRAP activity will support in Tanzania the implementation of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 which provides a road map for how countries can halve road deaths and serious injuries by 2030. 

Hon. Saad Mtambule, District Commissioner, Kinondoni 

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The Ministry of Works and Transport (MoWT) is a government ministry of Tanzania. It was created in 2010 and is responsible for promoting a quality, efficient, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective construction industry that facilitates the social and economic development of the country. Among others, MoWT is mandated to administer the safety and security of transport; policies on works, construction, transport and transportation and their implementations; roads, bridges, ferries and mechanical matters; engineering and design works; and transport licensing.

The International Road Federation (IRF) is a global, independent, not-for-profit organisation with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Active since 1948, IRF is a membership-based organisation, representing leading corporate and institutional players drawn from the road and mobility sectors worldwide. Its mission is to promote the development of roads and road networks that enable access and sustainable mobility for all. Its approach is centred on key strategic components of knowledge transfer & information sharing, connecting people, businesses and organisations, and working on policy & advocacy.

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