This paper summarises the report of a study, initiated by the World Bank in 1986, to formulate a systematic approach to the road accident problem in developing countries and to propose ways of reducing the heavy toll of accidents there. Authorities in these countries have started to show an increasing desire to reduce road accidents and their severity. It is important to develop cost-effective approaches and methods for allocating a suitable level of resources for road safety programmes in these countries. The study identifies information and analytical methods needed for efficient road safety work, and provides a framework for road safety activities. It proposes a series of further researches and guidelines, to provide a suitable knowledge base for organising road safety activities in developing countries. It recommends international cooperation to improve the road safety situation in developing countries between the World Bank, World Health Organisation, other United Nations organisations, and research and academic institutions working on road safety problems and issues. In the appendices the following data are provided: (1) an assessment of the road accident problem in developing countries; and (2) two examples of the effects of safety measures. Paper presented at the Second ECA/OECD African Road Safety Congress, Addis Ababa, 16-20th October 1989.

  • Corporate Authors:

    United Nations

    Economic Commission for Africa, P.O. Box 3001
    Addis Ababa,   Ethiopia 

    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

    2, rue André Pascal
    Paris,   France  75775 Paris Cedex 16
  • Authors:
    • HEDMAN, K-O
  • Publication Date: 1989


  • English

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  • Pagination: 11 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00498551
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM