Project Budget: EUR 1,000,000 (initial funding)
Dates: 2022 – ongoing
Funding Partner: FIA Foundation and others
Safe Schools Africa strengthens the delivery of road safety on development bank-funded roads projects in Africa, bringing Amend’s focus on vulnerable road user safety to the World Bank, African Development Bank and others.
By working with development banks and governments on projects in numerous countries, including Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia, we are taking the lifesaving principles of our SARSAI program to greater scale, helping to deliver on the road safety safeguards set out in the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework.
Traditionally, and still today on many roads projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, engineers focus their designs on motorized vehicles. Not enough consideration is given to the vast majority of people who are multi-modal: walking, cycling, using motorcycle-taxis and taking public minibuses. Special attention is also commonly not given to vulnerable groups such as school children and people with disabilities.
It is these challenges that Safe Schools Africa is working to address. By providing pro bono support to roads projects teams, we provide the capacity to focus on safety, develop the capability of officials and engineers, and change the minds of politicians – all with the aim of creating roads where children can walk safely, thereby also improving their health and well-being and the environment.
Examples of development bank financed projects that we are currently providing support on include:
- The AfDB Eastern Corridor Road Development Program in Ghana, influencing the design of 63 kilometres of road, improving the safety for children at over 20 schools
- The World Bank Integrated Feeder Road Development Project in Mozambique, influencing the design of 67 kilometers of road, improving road safety for children at 25 schools
- The World Bank Roads to Inclusion and Socioeconomic Opportunity project in Tanzania, supporting the ‘people-centered design’ philosophy in the upgrading of 535 kilometers of rural roads
- The World Bank Integrated Rural Connectivity Project in Zambia, influencing the design of 16 sections of rural roads, totalling 283 kilometers in length
You may download the full Prospectus on Safe Schools Africa here.