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The Road Safety in Asia workshop 2017 was held 22-23 August at the Heritage Hotel, Manila in the Phillippines.  It was hosted by iRAP and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), for the 10th year in Asia.  The World Health Organisation’s Save LIVES package was launched in 2017 and provides countries with an easy and implementable priority list of actions to scale-up and implement quickly. The work of GRSP and iRAP partners demonstrates how different stakeholders can contribute to the ambitious road safety targets set out in the SDGs, and how they can partner to Save LIVES.  Road Safety in Asia aimed to reinvigorate regional efforts by bringing together over 200 Government, Development Bank, industry and civil society partners who are making an impact. The comprehensive policy and capability building conference provided delegates with a range of practical and stimulating policy leadership case studies, practical workshops, keynote addresses, high level panel discussions and plenary sessions to raise knowledge, foster collaboration and build capacity for action towards 2020. Practical knowledge was provided on:

  • Global success stories from GRSP and iRAP partners;
  • Development Bank progress and support for road safety in the region;
  • WHO Save LIVES package;
  • The latest on GRSP Road Safety Management initiatives;
  • How to measure, finance and deliver 3-star or better road infrastructure;
  • Building on project success to establish a national RAP programme; and
  • Coordinating action on Safer Road Users

Programme and Presentations

The Road Safety in Asia programme spanned two full days. In addition to the conference plenaries, iRAP hosted workshops on the transition from Projects to Upgraded Roads, and successful Programmes which save lives on scale with maximised impact.  Case studies of successful road upgrades were presented for China, Nepal, New Zealand, India and Queensland, Australia. Inspiring programme-level case studies were also presented for Malaysia, ChinaRAP and AusRAP, and an interactive session involved all partners to shape IndiaRAP. Workshop participants were taught how to create a 5-star RAP programme by creating local champions, defining lead roles and assessing for success.

Copies of iRAP’s plenary and workshop presentations are linked here:

3-Star or Better Roads to Save LIVES – R McInerney
iRAP Partnerships & Products for the Future – R McInerney
Showcasing Star Rating for Schools – G Smith

Workshop 1.1 – From Projects to Upgraded Roads
Prioritising Investments – L Rogers
Star Rating of Designs – J Bhavsar & L Rogers
Financing Safety Improvements – G Smith
Celebrating Success – G Smith

Workshop 1.2 – From Projects to Upgraded Roads
ChinaRAP HSEP – Z Ronggui
Nepal’s Road Upgrades – T Sitaula
New Zealand’s Safer Road Alliance – F Tate
Queensland’s Bruce Highway – L Rogers
India’s Road Upgrades – S Raval

Workshop 2.1 – From Projects to Programme and Policy
Malaysia Programme Case Study – A Wong
ChinaRAP Programme Case Study – T Zhang
AusRAP Development – G Smith
Delhi Case Study – Prof Sarkar
Indian Code of of Practice of Traffic Control Devices – S Nirmal
iRAP in India – J Bhavsar

Workshop 2.2 – Projects to Programme & Policy: Creating a Successful RAP Programme
Projects to Programme & Star Rating Programmes – J Williams & R McInerney


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