Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge

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Funded by Fondation Botnar and managed by the Global Road Safety Partnership

Fondation Botnar together with the Global Road Safety Partnership proudly announce the launch of the Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge. The Challenge is designed to fund projects which address locally relevant road safety problems with practical, innovative and evidence-based interventions. Applications for funding will be welcomed from multi-sectoral consortiums in small and mid-sized cities in six priority countries.

The Challenge is timely, it seeks to build on growing global recognition of population shifts to urban areas and the impact of urbanization on public health. The Challenge also sees cities – particularly small and mid-sized cities – as great potential agents of change and incubators for innovation.

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The Challenge

Globally, more than 1.35 million people die as a result of road crashes each year and another 50 million people are seriously injured.  Road traffic injuries and deaths have a significant impact on individuals under the age of 18, who account for more than 186,000 road traffic deaths annually.  The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989 states that every child should be afforded protection and care as necessary for his or her well-being.  One important way to do this is to address the epidemic of children killed on the world’s roads.


The World Health Organization recently released a technical package, Save LIVES, which provides an evidence-based inventory of priority interventions to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries.  These interventions are critically important at both a national and local level.

The Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge is designed to fund projects which address locally relevant child safer mobility problems with multi-sectorial, practical, innovative and evidence-based interventions. The challenge focuses on implementation and goes beyond one-dimensional practices to undertake comprehensive interventions to address child road deaths and injuries including:

About Fondation Botnar

The Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge (BCRSC) is a project of the Fondation Botnar, a philanthropic foundation established 2003 in Basel, Switzerland. The foundation acts as a catalyst, connecting diverse partners and investing in scalable AI and digital innovation to improve the health and well-being of children and young people in growing secondary cities around the world.

The BCRSC is designed to address locally relevant safer and sustainable mobility issues that affect children in small- and mid-sized cities in seven priority countries with practical, innovative and evidence-based interventions.

The Challenge is managed by the Global Road Safety Partnership, a hosted programme of the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies and based in Geneva, Switzerland.







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