Road Safety Observatory in Africa
The World Bank, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and the International Transport Forum (ITF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the first regional Road Safety Observatory in Africa.
The Observatory will support African countries’ efforts to reduce road transport fatalities by uniting their activities to systematically collect, analyze, and share reliable road crash data.
Improving road safety has emerged as a top development priority for Africa, which has seen the highest rate of road traffic fatalities in the world despite comparatively low levels of motorisation. By providing more comprehensive and accurate data, the new Observatory will help gain better insight into the key risk factors contributing to the region’s road safety crisis and will give African countries the resources they need to design evidence-based strategies and interventions.
According to José Luis Irigoyen, World Bank Senior Director for Transport and Digital Development, the new Observatory will increase the visibility of the road safety challenge in Africa, enable governments to advance regional collaboration, and leverage synergies among African nations to improve road safety conditions, as the Road Safety Observatory in Latin America (OISEVI) is already doing.
Africa has 2% of the world’s cars but 20% of the road deaths. The continent must be empowered to tackle this problem now. The MoU follows a resolution signed in February by Benin, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania, confirming their interest in the project. These seven African countries are currently working on finalising the Observatory’s governance structure and funding mechanism.