The political economy of urban road safety

March 2017 to March 2018

Road safety is a major international health issue – every year an estimated 1.25 million people are killed on the world’s roads and up to 50 million people incur non-fatal injuries. Despite the scale of the human cost, road safety has historically been given low priority, with interventions having a highly technical focus and often targeting the safety of relatively low risk groups. This is beginning to change, however, with the development of a series of global targets and a new systems approach to road safety challenges.

A new collaboration between researchers at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and World Resources Institute (WRI) will be exploring these issues through a detailed literature review, three case studies in Nairobi, Bogota and Mumbai, and a synthesis report. These final outputs will be released at the end of March 2018.