Consortium partners convene to plan activities for Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme (BP-GRSP) for the coming year
On 28 January consortium partners - Association for Safe International Road Travel, EMBARQ, Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), Johns Hopkins University (JHU), World Bank and WHO - convened in New York to review progress to date and identify key opportunities for 2014, the final year of the five-year BP-GRSP.
Colleagues from Bloomberg Philanthropies highlighted progress made in areas such as legislation, advocacy and monitoring and evaluation. Each consortium partner updated on its respective activities: EMBARQ on bus rapid transport systems in Brazil, India and Mexico; GRSP on enforcement and advocacy; JHU on key data findings from monitoring and evaluation; and the World Bank on road assessments and star ratings.
Ms E. Murphy, WHO HQ, updated on the progress made since 2011 in seven of the ten countries in terms of strengthened legislation, and flagged the need to advocate for the passing of legislation which is pending in three countries. She also highlighted global progress in legislation in terms of the release of the manual Strengthening road safety legislation: a practice and resource manual for countries; the annual capacity building workshops for lawyers from the ten countries held in 2012 and 2013; and plans to roll out this concept of convening lawyers to national and local levels in 2014.
WHO colleagues from the Russian Federation and Viet Nam also presented on progress to date in the BP-GRSP in their respective countries and plans for 2014. Representatives from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and Consumers International, who constitute a newly established entity created by Bloomberg Philanthropies called the "Bloomberg Advocacy Initiative", updated on their plans in 2014 to support consortium partners by strengthening advocacy efforts in all ten countries.
Announcement regarding a new possible future grant for the BP-GRSP will be made in March or April 2014.