This project is a follow up to an earlier EU funded regional road safety project that covered 9 countries in TRACECA region, which identified the areas of need in terms of safety in each country and developed a generic regional road safety action plan1 for the concerned countries, to use as a model for developing their own country specific Action Plans. This regional road safety action plan was accepted and endorsed by all the beneficiary countries in 2012. However, despite several years having passed since this endorsement, none of the countries were able to develop their own country specific Action Plans as had been intended. Furthermore, Turkmenistan, was not included in that original assessment or the regional action plan so needed to be brought in. That regional action plan identified actions to be implemented in six sectors: Regulatory and Institutional Reforms, Safer Roads, Safer Vehicles, Safer Road Users / Behaviour, Emergency Medical Services and Changing Attitudes.
The EU, in order to assist the TRACECA beneficiary countries, initiated further technical assistance to help the countries of the region in developing their individual country specific action plans and in implementing the necessary improvements that had been identified in the Regional Action Plan. This technical assistance was split so that sectors 1-3 were allocated to a Consortium led by SAFEGE and sectors 4-6 were allocated to a consortium led by GRSP. These two Technical Assistance projects were to run in parallel and were both to be completed over a 2-year period.
Since road safety, because of the need for interaction between the sectors, has to be implemented via a holistic approach, the SAFEGE led consortium as part of Sector 1 Regulatory and Institutional reforms, also looked at the overall structure, management, coordination and funding of road safety across all sectors. It also looked more specifically at the actions needed to “institutionalise” road safety in each country and to build institutional capacity in vehicle and road safety engineering. This Final Report outlines only the activities and findings of the Consortium led by Safege/Suez.
Although not a requirement of the Terms of Reference, the SAFEGE project, after presenting the Inception Report initiated a benchmarking exercise to identify the current progress in implementing the Regional Action Plan and the improvements recommended in it for each sector of road safety. This identified the strengths and weaknesses of individual countries and the region as a whole at commencement of the project, to enable project team efforts to be targeted at the areas of greatest need in each country. It also enabled systematic assessment at project end of institutional impact in each of the areas addressed by the Consortium. Stakeholder agencies in each country were asked to give their assessments of progress so that the overall project impacts could be estimated. This showed there had been significant progress and impact in each sector.
The project team adopted a 4 phase strategy in implementing the project:
1 Benchmarking - to understand current problems and needs of each country
2 Capacity building - to develop the relevant personnel and organizations in key areas
3 Stimulation /Motivation of decision makers and political leaders - to take the required actions
4 Institutionalization of road safety activities - to enhance chances of sustainability
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