The Alliance undertakes research projects that strengthen the Alliance’s voice for the global NGO community and members’ advocacy in contributing to the UN global road safety target to halve road deaths and injuries by 2030 as well as reduction in psychological suffering.

Current research projects

Research on assessment of 30km/h urban speed zones and factors contributing to local modification for lower speed in Cameroon, Kenya, and Rwanda

The overall objective of this project is to conduct a research on the implementation of 30 km/h speed limits on urban roads in Africa through research and advocacy. The specific objectives of the research are: 1) To map out the urban zones with evidence of 30 km/h speed limit in the three countries and provide details on the sites and the scope of intervention; 2) To explore and document factors that influenced speed limit modification to 30 km/h in these locations; and to assess the enablers for operationalization of 30 km/h speed limit in these zones (infrastructure, enforcement, compliance); and 3) To develop community-based evidence to support advocacy and policy change in support of 30 km/h speed limits in Africa.

The project is implemented by the Alliance in partnership with the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University and Alliance member NGOs in Cameroon, Kenya and Rwanda.

This project is funded by UK Aid through the Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF).

Previous research projects

Assessment of the Enabling Environment for Road Safety Civil Society Organizations in Three Sub-Saharan African Countries Project

This research was undertaken by the Alliance, in partnership with local universities in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Zambia (Addis Ababa University School of Public Health, Makerere University School of Public Health, and Harvest University) and Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University. It examined the challenges NGOs may face pushing government accountability and provides a framework for an enabling environment to empower NGOs to meaningfully participate in road safety decision-making.

This project was funded by donors under the Global Road Safety Facility Phase 3 Multi-Donor Trust Fund.

Read the report HERE.

Africa’s Response to COVID-19 Impacts on Transport & Mobility

The Alliance and the International Road Federation (IRF) have collaborated on a research study. The study assessed the transport sector response during the COVID-19 pandemic in seven low- and lower middle-income countries in Africa. 

Find more information, the recommendations, reports, and webinars HERE.

The project was funded by the High Volume Transport Applied Research Programme (HVT), as part of the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID now FCDO) response to COVID-19.

Alliance NGOs in seven countries conducted focus group discussions with drivers, riders, and passengers of public transport (formal and informal), truck drivers, and private vehicle drivers; cyclists, and pedestrians. The output provided a grassroots community perspective on how COVID-19 measures have impacted community access to transport services and mobility needs with attention to physical distancing and capacity restrictions and provided recommendations to governments and other transport stakeholders.

The Day Our World Crumbled: The Human Cost of Inaction on Road Safety

Based on a survey of 5,606 respondents to the People’s Survey, this report focuses on the devastating impact that road crashes have on the lives of road victims, their families, and the wider community. It shows that road crashes affect a lot of people, multiple times through their lives and the consequences are far-reaching.

Notably, you do not have to be in the vehicle to be affected by a crash; the emotional, financial, and other impacts can also have a damaging effect on the friends and family of crash victims. Moreover, many people feel unsafe as road users, regardless of whether they have experienced a crash or not. 

Read more and find the report HERE.

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