Total Foundation joins the World Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility
Posted: 16 January 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
Total Foundation and GRSF have signed a joint project to provide training, assistance and guidance to countries, with the goal of boosting their road safety analytic and data usage capacities.
Total Foundation, Total’s road safety and youth inclusion initiative, has joined the Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) as its newest donor partner. GRSF is a global partnership programme administered by the World Bank, with a mission to help address the growing crisis of road traffic deaths and injuries in low and middle-income countries.
For example, the project aims to assist African nations to improve their road safety data and information systems and expand the use of data for better targeting of road safety treatments, better monitoring, more rigorous evaluation and more effective advocacy. The initiative also plans to improve the data provided to the Africa Road Safety Observatory (ARSO), a space dedicated to interactions about road safety, as well as provide a platform that will further facilitate country to country learning opportunities.
“With the African Road Safety Observatory, Total Foundation continues its commitment to advance road safety, particularly in Africa. Total is a major player on the continent, widely present on its roads, and has strongly improved the road safety performance of its transportation operations. As such, we have decided to share our expertise. We also want to help make the collection and analysis of road accident-related data more professional, to be able to implement the appropriate measures and fight this scourge more effectively,” said Manoelle Lepoutre, Senior Vice President, Civil Society Engagement at Total. “We are convinced that it is through partnerships like this one, which involves governments, institutions, experts and the private sector that we can significantly reduce the number of road traffic deaths.”
“The strong support of Total Foundation as a new donor to GRSF will make a real difference to road safety in Africa. It is estimated that each one dollar of assistance provided by GRSF in the recent years has leveraged on average over $40 of additional investment in safety. This partnership will help prevent the loss of many thousands of lives and debilitating injuries,” said Guangzhe Chen, Global Director for Transport, World Bank.