Partnerships between IRTAD and Latin American Countries
on Road Safety Data
Joint IRTAD/World Bank Global Road Safety Facility Workshop
Organised in the framework of the 1st Ibero-American Road
for Latin America and the Caribbean
Madrid, 24 February 2009
The International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (known as the IRTAD Group)
is a permanent working group of the Joint Transport Research Centre of the OECD and
the International Transport Forum focusing on all issues related to safety data
collection and analysis. It oversees the IRTAD database, one of the most reliable
and widely-used road safety databases. IRTAD is open to all countries and the objective
of the Group is to progressively extend the coverage of the IRTAD database to more
countries with good accident data reporting systems.
The World Bank Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) aims to generate and catalyze
increased funding to support initiatives aimed at reducing deaths and injuries in low
and middle-income countries.
In September 2008, the ITF/OECD Joint Transport Research Centre signed a Memorandum
of Understanding with the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility to formalise
co-operation between the Bank and the International Road Traffic Safety Data and
Analysis Group (IRTAD).
The agreement formalises arrangements for making experts in ITF countries available
to work with low and middle-income countries to develop effective data collection and
analysis systems. As a pilot programme, it is proposed to twin an existing IRTAD member
institute with counter-part organisations in a developing country, with the objective
of identifying country needs in terms of data reporting tools and methodologies and
to provide advice on data system strengthening and data collection and analysis, as
a starting point for further road safety policy development. At the end of the process,
it is expected that the recipient country will become an active member of the IRTAD
Group and provide data to the IRTAD database.
IRTAD and the World Bank GRSF are taking the opportunity offered by the Ibero-American
Road Safety Forum in Madrid to organise a workshop for the attention and participation
of Latin American countries. The objectives of the workshop are:
- To brief decision makers and road safety advisors on the activities of the
World Bank GRSF in Latin America;
- To inform them about the IRTAD/WB GRSF partnership to assist countries to
set up and use appropriate data reporting systems;
- To describe the co-operation model offered to Latin American countries;
- To identify countries where pilot programmes could be implemented.
Representatives from road safety organisations, transport ministries, road
agencies, interior ministries involved with road safety in Latin American
Countries, and others.
The Workshop is organised jointly by the Direccion General de Trafico, the
World Bank Global Road Safety Facility and the Joint OECD/ITF Transport Research