iRAP partners are encouraged to attend the upcoming “Consultative Workshop for African Road Safety: Develop and Implement National Road Safety Frameworks for the Decade 2021-2030” to be hosted online on 30 November from 11:00 – 14:00 EAT (9:00 – 12:00 CET) by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC) in the context of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030.

The main objective of the meeting is to create awareness around Africa’s post-2020 Strategic Directions for Road Safety and the African Road Safety Action Plan 2021-2030. These documents will support AU member States in developing or updating their national road safety strategies, taking into consideration national specificities and the recommendations of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030.

More specifically, the objectives of the meeting are to:

  • Share best practices with AU member States to mainstream the Global and Continental Action Plans in their national frameworks.
  • Define the fundamentals for improving road safety at the national level.
  • Stimulate the debate on the way forward after the African Road Safety Charter enters into full force,
  • Promote the African Road Safety Observatory (ARSO).

The programme will include presentations on iRAP partnerships helping to eliminate high-risk roads in Africa, including:

 

iRAP in Africa and the Potential of 3-star or Better Roads

According to iRAP’s Safety Insights Explorer, it is estimated more than 700 lives are lost every day on African roads, 1,589 people acquire brain injuries, 194 suffer spinal injuries that can result in permanent disability and 21 people lose limbs in road crashes.

The World Bank, Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP), World Health Organisation and African Road Safety Observatory Report “A Study of Road Safety Lead Agencies in Africa” published earlier this year included a recommendation for African countries to develop baseline measures for key risk factors such as iRAP safety Star Ratings.

iRAP and its partners in Africa have assessed nearly 49,500km of roads and designs and 178 schools on the continent, risk mapped 3,900km and influenced the safety of more than USD$2 billion of road infrastructure investment. Nearly 2,300 people have been trained at trainings and events held within African countries and 2,200 have joined virtual trainings and events. Fifty (50) practitioners are iRAP Accredited helping to ensure the delivery of iRAP specification services within African countries is to the global road infrastructure standard recognised in the UN Global Road Safety Performance Targets 3 and 4.

For a downloadable overview of iRAP partners’ work in Africa, see our Partner Success Stories from Around the World table here and search “Africa”.

To see Uganda’s National Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan for 2021-2026 which also includes 3-star or better targets set in line with UN Targets 3 and 4, click here.

Achieving UN Targets 3 and 4 by 2030 for more than 75% of travel to be on 3-star or better roads by 2030 in Africa stands to save over 101,400 lives and 22.3 million lives and serious injuries with an economic benefit of USD$520 billion to Africa’s economy – a $20 benefit for every $1 spent.

iRAP stands ready to support existing and new partners in Africa – governments, mobility clubs, funding institutions, industry and road safety NGOs – with the free iRAP methodology, tools, training and programme support to implement the Global Plan, African Road Safety Action Plan. and national strategies and action plans to save lives and prevent serious injuries on 3-star or better safer roads across the continent.

For iRAP support, please contact AfricaRAP Lead Racheal Nganwa on email [email protected]

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