It is now recognized that any sustainable progress in road safety hinges on a strong institutional governance framework encompassing all aspects contributing to the reduction of risks on the road, i.e. infrastructure, vehicles, traffic rules, drivers’ training, post-crash response. Achieving the required level of governance effectiveness in the developing world will need sustained funding in the years ahead. Organization, institutional arrangements, and capacity building feature prominently among the areas in need of catalytic funding in many developing countries. The expected establishment of the new Global Fund for Road Safety in the near future offers the best hope so far that the required resources will eventually become available to help those countries move ahead with a comprehensive set of road safety improvement policies.
Stefano Ammirati, Director of Advocacy and Membership