Road safety is a major issue in Africa; twenty percent of global road deaths occur there. The EU-funded AfroSAFE project will promote the Safe System modus operandi within road safety work in African countries. The project will introduce local practitioners and decision-makers to the pioneered knowledge and practices within road safety management based on Safe System principles. They will be supported through knowledge sharing, tools, and methods for road safety improvement—tailored to African conditions. The project will also map existing regulations, procedures, methods, and tools within all five pillars of road safety, develop recommendations for improvements including vulnerable road users’ needs, and run pilots and demonstrations.
The primary objective of the AfroSAFE project is to make a significant progress in propagation of the Safe System modus operandi within the road safety work context in African countries. This is reached by exposing the local practitioners and decision makers to the state-of-the-art knowledge and practices within road safety management based on Safe System principles, as well as supporting them by sharing necessary knowledge, tools and methods for road safety improvement—adjusted to the African conditions and in tight cooperation with the local actors. More specifically, this is reached through mapping of the existing regulations, procedures, methods and tools within all five pillars of road safety (management, safe infrastructure, safe vehicles, safe road users and post-crash care), development of the recommendations for improvements and running a series of pilots and demonstrations to illustrate these recommendations in action. In these activities, the problems and needs of the vulnerable road users will receive particular attention. Another focus area for the AfroSAFE project is capacity building through education of the local educators in all areas relevant for road safety. Together with them, the current curriculums are revised, new educational programmes created, and an educational platform—a virtual centre of excellence—will be created.