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TOTAL / World Bank Partnership

This project results from the joint TOTAL- World Bank (Global Road Safety Facility) Initiative for regional corridor road safety in Africa, where TOTAL is the market leader of petroleum products distribution. In Africa, transportation costs are 80% higher than in the USA and Europe, and road safety is both a development and poverty issue. Underestimated fatality rates are at 28 deaths per 100,000 population annually, and car crashes in some countries represent the first or second cause of death for boys and young men. Fatalities per vehicles reach 100 to 200 times those of the UK.

The cost of road crashes in Sub-Saharan Africa, estimated at US$10 billion per year, is larger than the sum of all the development aid for infrastructure. Road Casualties affect disproportionately the poor, pedestrians, economically active young adults and passengers in mass transportation. Poverty surveys repeatedly point to crash related death and injury, of an economically productive family member, as a catastrophic cause of impoverishment.


A number of African countries have developed road safety policies. Unfortunately these efforts have lacked ownership, visibility and the continuity necessary for effective results. Many small scale road safety activities are carried out without synergy or coherent framework of action, or uninformed of the System Approach developed by countries with higher standards of road safety and recommended by the World Health Organization and the World Bank in the World Report on Traffic Injury Prevention.


National road safety lead institutions empowered to take initiatives, responsible for results, funded for leadership remain lacking. Still, a few countries, such as Ethiopia and Ghana have recently developed a full-fledged state of the art road safety policy, with a long term vision, quantitative objectives and action plans, fact–based monitoring and evaluation, and initial results are emerging.

The Africa Union sponsorship of the road safety agenda provides a valuable leadership and coordinating capacity, with Regional Economic Communities (RECs) engaged in economic integration and regulatory harmonization within RECs that may promote, monitor, coordinate and communicate progress towards improved road safety. The Sub Saharan African Transport Partnership (SSATP) serves as the transportation policy instrument for the African Transport Ministers and may be used for documentation and knowledge dissemination.


In Africa, three policy decisions provide the mandate and framework to the Initiative. The New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) has focused Africa’s development strategy on twenty major international transit and trade corridors as the entry point to foster trade and economic growth and integration, and the Africa Economic Commission (UNECA) is mandated to lead its regional effort. The 2007 Accra Declaration by the African ministers of transport and health resolved to half the number of road accident fatalities in Sub Saharan Africa by 2015. Finally, the UN General Assembly launched a 2011-2020 Decade of Action for Road Safety.

The Initiative replicates the road safety project along all NEPAD corridors, starting with the Northern Corridor, in the Kenya - Uganda segment. It serves a market of 124 million people and is also the primary access for part of Central African Republic, Eastern Democratic republic of Congo, Sudan and Southern Ethiopia. The Central Corridor linking Cameroon, Chad and CAR, and serving as the backbone of the Central Africa Economic Community, is the second project. Further sequencing of corridor projects will be made in consultation with partners to constitute the flagship Initiative of Africa Decade of Action for Road Safety

In January 2010 the World Bank and TOTAL entered into a partnership to use their combined knowledge and experience in Africa to tackle issues relating to road safety along Africa’s major transit corridors. This partnership resulted in the creation an agency known as Africa Road Safety Corridors Initiative (ARSCI) which was formerly launched on 27 April 2011 in Malaba town on the Kenya / Uganda boarder. Present during the launch were senior representatives from the Kenya and Uganda governments and TOTAL (Kenya and Uganda) and World Bank officials (see photo gallery).

Africa Road Safety Corridors Initiative builds on the principle that road crash injuries are predictable and preventable, road safety is for all road users, an accountable national lead agency that prompts encourages and assists the road safety stakeholders for evidence-based road safety action, with targets, monitoring and evaluation is key. Progressively stakeholders will build and share knowledge and increase the ownership of an Africa-specific road safety experience.

The first two major transit corridors targeted by the ARSCI are;


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