Delegation of the European Union to Cameroon

Call for research projects on road safety in Africa/Radical improvement of road safety in low and medium income countries in Africa



Project results are expected to contribute to the following expected outcomes:

  • Contribute to the global target of 50% fewer road fatalities and serious injuries by 2030 in low to medium income countries in Africa.
  • Contribute to implementing the recommendations of the Road Safety Cluster of the African-EU Transport Task Force adopted in 2020.
  • More effective design of road safety practices, measures and policies in the targeted countries; establishment of the safe system approach in national road safety strategies.
  • In line with the Sustainable Development Goals and with the principles of the Joint EU-Africa Strategy (JAES), the activities to be implemented should contribute to the improvement of road safety and traffic fluidity conditions in Africa, ultimately saving thousands of lives and lessening the human, social and economic burden of road accidents.
  • The reinforcement of endogenous African capabilities with a view to long term sustainable progress in the fight against road casualties and for a more efficient and sustainable transport system.
  • The dissemination of European know-how and the deployment of sound technical and governance solutions. In particular, the outcomes of the SaferAfrica action should be included (in particular the African Road Safety Observatory).


Over 650 road deaths per day occur on African roads and unless measures are taken, road crashes in Africa are projected to increase by 68% over the next decade. African road traffic death rates are the highest globally and more than four times higher than the European average.

Building upon the work and activities already undertaken at EU level in this area, including the Safer Africa project and in line with the recommendations of the Road Safety Cluster of the African-EU Transport Task Force adopted in 2020, R&I is needed to create a strong analytical base and to develop and assess, with local partners, the implementation of small scale system pilots and its various components, at city, regional, national and continent level. Actions should contain the sharing of knowledge and best practice, data analysis, infrastructure for effectively reducing road deaths in Africa.

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