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Road Safety Performance Review


Every year, as a consequence of road traffic crashes, more than 1.2 million people are killed globally, while another 50 million are injured. Approximately 90% of all road crashes occur in low- and middle-income countries.

Even though road safety is an important sustainable development issue, it is yet relatively underappreciated and greatly underfunded. Recognizing the need to support Member States in urgently addressing road safety challenges, two of the regional commissions of the United Nations initiated a project on road safety performance reviews to assist African countries in strengthening their national road safety management capacities and improving their national road safety records.  

In practice, a Road Safety Performance Review assesses the current road safety situation, helps the  Government to identify the most critical safety aspects and recommends actions to be taken. Based on the identified priority needs, capacity-building seminars and workshops are organized for national road safety stakeholders. The project thus raises general awareness of road safety issues by sensitizing experts as well as the public sector and non-governmental sectors, of the need to set ambitious road safety targets and to implement specific measures to improve road safety.




The Government of Uganda, represented by the Ministry of Works and Transport, requested support from the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety to prepare a Road Safety Performance Review (RSPR) for Uganda. The review forms part of a global initiative aimed at assisting governments in identifying the most critical road safety priority needs and offering recommendations. The review was implemented in five phases:

●● Phase I: A preparatory mission to Uganda took place in May 2017 comprising both the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Road safety priority areas were agreed and the time schedule established. A team of national consultants was engaged to undertake the review process in July 2017.

The identified priority areas the team focused on were: road safety management; infrastructure for protection of vulnerable road users in urban areas (quality of existing standards); driver training and testing; enforcement of traffic rules; road crash database; and post-crash care response and coordination system.

●● Phase II: Following the approval of the inception report, the national team2 proceeded to conduct fact-finding activities and consultations to assess the road safety situation in Uganda and produced the draft report.

●● Phase III: The draft report was submitted for review to the Government of Uganda, stakeholders and UNECE/UNECA. During the validation workshop,3 which was held in Kampala on 17 October 2017, the national team discussed the report, focusing on the current situation, findings and recommendations.

●● Phase IV: The recommendations, with suggested amendments from the stakeholders, including comments and peer review from UNECE and UNECA, have been incorporated in this final report.

●● Phase V: Official launch of the Road Safety Performance Review and capacity-building support offered to the Government.


 To learn more about the Uganda RSPR

- Complete Uganda RSPR report. Click here                                            

- Uganda RSPR report launch event. Click here

- Uganda RSPR capacity-building workshop. Click here