To exemplify some of the projects IRF is currently working on:
Improving road safety is a key development priority for Africa. Despite comparatively low motorisation levels, the continent witnesses the world’s highest rate of road traffic fatalities, with approximately 26.6 deaths per 100,000 population (WHO 2018). The importance and need for better road safety data has been highlighted in United Nations, African Union and other multilateral resolutions. The latest Road Safety Resolution approved by the UN General Assembly in April 2018, specifically recognises the importance of capacity building in this field. In recent discussions surrounding the creation of an African Road Safety Observatory, African governments further recognise that coordinated efforts are necessary to address the significant need for better data.
LEARN is a joint initiative of the International Road Federation (IRF Geneva) and the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, made possible thanks to the support of the FIA Road Safety Grant Programme. This joint effort aims at enhancing the knowledge, skills and actions of a selected diverse group of road safety professionals and stakeholders via hands-on trainings in two African countries: Kenya and Senegal. While building their data-related knowledge and skills during two two-day workshop to be hosted in Nairobi and Dakar, participants will familiarise themselves with a range of data tools and techniques that can help improve the quality of their work.
The SaferAfrica Project has been approved and funded by the European Commission in the frame of the Horizon 2020 “Mobility for growth” call for proposal 2015 within the “Smart, Green & Integrated Transport” Work Programme.
The overall objective of SaferAfrica is to create favourable conditions and opportunities for the effective implementation of actions for road safety and traffic management in African countries by setting up a Dialogue Platform between Africa and Europe. Through the Dialogue Platform, policy recommendations are provided to support the implementation of the African Road Safety Action Plan, as well as fostering the adoption of specific road safety initiatives. It will also be used as a network framework for activating Twinning Programs on specific issues. The primary role of the Dialogue Platform is to act as a high-level and high-powered body that can help positively influence changes in the African regions. An additional project objective is to increase the awareness of African stakeholders and end users on road safety by means of an African Road Safety Observatory.
The project consortium is based on the participation of sixteen partners coming from different European and African countries. The International Road Federation (IRF Geneva) is a proud member of this consortium.
Children below the age of 14 represent 15% of all the deaths on Moroccan roads and are typically pedestrians. Many of them are young kids on their way to or from school. Against this background, the International Road Federation (IRF Geneva) and Motoring Club Morocco (MCM) have joined hands and initiated the project “Safe Roads, Safe Kids!”, made possible through the support of the FIA Road Safety Grant Programme.
“Safe Roads, Safe Kids!” aims to build an evidence-based case that can be replicated in the rest of Morocco and exported also to other francophone countries. In its first phase, the initiative is targeting some of the poorest schools in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city, where the children confront severe risks on their daily journey. Children can face traffic speeding at over 60km/h on their journey to and from school. They are typically exposed and unprotected with the majority travelling as pedestrians, walking from their homes to school.
The IRF, MCM and their partners will use iRAP’s ‘Star Rating for Schools’ methodology to assess the safety of the surrounding road network, and will present a 1-5 star rating. The partners will also work with AMEND’s methodology to identify which countermeasures – such as safe sidewalks, road humps and crossings – should be implemented to reduce risk and improve safety.
The project was selected by the FIA Foundation to be presented at its General Assembly hosted in St. Petersburg on 6th December 2018.
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