Road traffic deaths and injuries are a major public health and development issue. More than 1.2 million people are killed, and up to 50 million are injured, every year. The vast majority of casualties occur in middle and low income countries.
The FIA Foundation is a leading global road safety philanthropy, enabling innovative injury prevention programmes and pilot projects. Our ground-breaking ‘Make Roads Safe’ advocacy has helped secure the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety and the inclusion of road safety in the Sustainable Development Goals. Now we encourage governments, institutions, the private sector and international donors to do more, and work with partners across the world on practical delivery: to make roads safe for all.
At the heart of the FIA Foundation’s approach is our support for road safety programmes, projects, and initiatives designed for impact. We believe in activist philanthropy, working closely with partners to build programmes. We helped to design and establish two major interventions, the International Road Assessment Programme and the Global New Car Assessment Programme, to which we provide core funding. Through our partnership with the FIA we enable dozens of national automobile clubs to advocate for safer roads and build new alliances with global organisations like the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
We are working with four regional NGO partners to deliver exciting pilot projects focused on child safety, with a strong emphasis on outcome measurement and scalability. This evidence building informs the advocacy of our Global Initiative for Child Health & Mobility, a partnership for child mobility rights including UNICEF, UN Environment, the World Resources Institute and Save the Children.
Our Make Roads Safe campaign helped to secure the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety. The Foundation also successfully led the campaign to include road safety in the Sustainable Development Goals. We are now the lead donor to the FIA High Level Panel for Road Safety, which is spearheading advocacy efforts to secure a properly resourced UN Road Safety Fund. We also support the work of the UN Special Envoy for Road Safety.
Read our booklet Make Roads Safe: Action on Global Road Traffic Injuries for an overview of our approach to tackling this appalling and preventable public health epidemic.