Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge

//Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge

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.

The Challenge

Globally, more than 1.25 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.  They include:

  • Reducing speeding;
  • Enforcing evidence-based road traffic laws;
  • Providing leadership on road safety;
  • Improving and managing post-crash care;
  • Improving infrastructure design; and,
  • Establishing vehicle safety standards.

Achieving sustainable reductions in road traffic deaths and injuries requires an evidence-based approach which brings together the governmental, civil society and private sectors.  Applicants are encouraged to fully review the World Health Organization’s road safety technical package.

The Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge is seeking proposals from consortiums representing partners from government, civil society and the private sector to address road safety problems which impact children in India, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, Tunisia and Vietnam. This Challenge has the following unique features:

Successful applications will be competing for funding of a maximum amount of 400,000 Swiss francs (CHF) for two-year projects. There will also be an opportunity for three additional years of funding for a total of up to 1,000,000 CHF over the full 5 years. More details can be found in the Who Can Apply section below.

In order to be eligible, applications must be submitted by a consortium of partners representing government and civil society, with some private sector involvement, and address municipal level road safety problems in cities with populations between 200,000 and 1 million inhabitants in the following countries: India, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, Tunisia and Vietnam.

The Challenge aims at building a Community and involving it in the process of reviewing the applications. Whether as an applicant or merely as someone interested in child road safety, you will have an opportunity to give input in the review of applications, as long as you register in the website. If you are interested in the topic, please register now! More details can be found if you click in the Judging Process section below.

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 road safety problems that affect children in small- and mid-sized cities in six 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.

Who Can Apply

Which countries and cities are eligible to apply?

Applications addressing municipal level road safety problems in cities with populations between 200,000 and 1 million habitants will be accepted from India, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, Tunisia and Vietnam.

Who can apply?

Multi-sectoral consortiums representing one local government agency and at least one civil society organization can submit Challenge proposals within the following parameters:

  • Governmental organizations must have relevant authority over road safety policy and/ or its implementation. Military agencies are not eligible to apply.
  • Non-governmental organizations (including but not limited to civil society organizations and educational institutions) should be able to demonstrate experience in implementing road safety, public health, children’s rights or other relevant issue area projects.


  • Consortium proposals should include at least one private sector partner which can create shared value by leveraging the organization’s capacity and competency to contribute to the proposal; however, funding will not be made available to the private sector consortium partner.
  • Government partner(s) should not seek funds to duplicate or outsource work the organization is tasked with or has the capacity and resources to complete. The Challenge funds are to address the resources and competencies the organization lacks and are essential to addressing the proposal problem.
  • Civil society consortium partner(s) must be registered legal entities in the country of project delivery, capable of entering into contractual arrangements, receiving foreign funds, and assuming legal and financial obligations.
  • Government and civil society consortium partners cannot be recipients of financial support from alcohol, firearms, pornography, or tobacco industries. Private sector consortium partner(s) cannot be from the alcohol, firearms, pornography or tobacco industries.
  • The Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge does not fund individuals.

What kind of projects will be funded?

Proposals should provide evidence and data in identifying a community road safety problem which impacts children and must address the problem with innovative, evidence-based interventions.  Applicants are encouraged to fully review the World Health Organization’s road safety technical package (

While taking into consideration the World Health Organization’s technical recommendations, projects may have the following components:

  • Tri-sector collaboration between local government, civil society and the private sector
  • Practical, evidence-based, and innovative approach to addressing a specific road safety problem
  • Inclusion of a component addressing the local road safety policy landscape (policy strengthening or policy implementation)
  • Active participation of children, the primary project beneficiary
  • Robust monitoring and evaluation plan to draw learnings from the project

What is the length of Challenge projects?

Consortium proposals chosen for funding under the Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge will receive an initial two-year investment with a possibility for another three years of funding.  Projects are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018.

How much funding can a project receive?

Consortium proposals can be submitted for a maximum amount of 400,000 Swiss francs (CHF) for a two-year project.  While initial proposals should be submitted by the project consortium, funding will be provided to each consortium partner independently.  Successful consortium projects will have the opportunity for 3 additional years of funded reinvestment for a total investment of 5 years and up to 1,000,000 CHF.

Funding requests should be consistent with the scope of the project, road safety problem the proposal seeks to address, and number of implementing partners.  Cost reasonableness is a factor in the consideration of proposals.

Judging Process

How will consortium proposals be selected?

Proposals will go through a four-step process of selection.

  • Step 1: The Challenge Community members and Global Road Safety Partnership technical reviewers will review proposals to ensure they are innovative, benefit children, and reflect proven and evidence-based interventions.  Proposals which fit these basic criteria will be advanced to Step 2.
  • Step 2: Applicants which pass through Step 1 will receive feedback from Community members and Global Road Safety Partnership technical reviewers for consideration.  Applicants will be given additional time to consider and incorporate feedback into a final proposal.
  • Step 3: Final proposals will be judged by an international panel of experts against the following criteria:
    • Potential to reduce road crash death and injury (25%)
    • Project design (25%)
    • Collaboration and partnership (15%)
    • Monitoring and evaluation plan (15%)
    • Applicant organizations’ capacity to undertake the proposal work (10%)
    • Budget and cost reasonableness (10%)

Those proposals selected for funding by the international panel of experts will enter into a negotiation process with the Global Road Safety Partnership to further refine the final project.  This negotiation process will involve a site visit by GRSP staff and is expected to be completed between September and December.  Representatives from each consortium will be invited to Basel, Switzerland in February 2018 to make a presentation to the Board of Directors of the Fondation Botnar.  Final funding decisions will be made in February 2018 with projects expected to then commence on 1 April 2018.

Who can participate in the Community Review?

Whether as an applicant or merely as someone interested in the child road safety, we are interested in hearing your voice and opinion about the submitted applications. The Community review is scheduled to start on August 8 and you will be asked to give short feedback of applications. Please register in the website as soon as possible so that you can participate!


June 7, 2017

Challenge launch

August 4, 2017 at 23:59 GMT

Application deadline

August 22, 2017

Applicants who pass the initial eligibility and technical review will be provided feedback from Challenge Community and GRSP to consider and incorporate into final proposal.

August 22 to September 15, 2017

Challenge is re-opened for applicants to incorporate and improve their applications

September 15, 2017 at 23:59 GMT

Final application deadline

September 18 – 29, 2017

Applications are reviewed by international panel of judges.

October 2, 2017

Successful applicants are notified of preliminary funding approval and start of negotiations for shortlisted applicants

February 2018

Applicants are invited to Basel, Switzerland to make a final presentation to the Fondation Botnar Board and notified of final funding decision.

March 2018

Winners have been selected. Final round of negotiations is underway.

April 2018

April 2018 – Commencement of projects by Asia Injury Prevention Foundation (Vietnam), World Resources Institute (Mexico) and Refleacciona (Mexico).

May 2018

May 2018 – Commencement of projects by South African Roads Federation (South Africa), Save the Children (Vietnam), India Resources Trust (India).

June 2018

June 2018 – Commencement of projects by Mexican Red Cross, Centre for Environment Education Society (India), Crucea Alba Foundation (Romania), Les Ambassadeurs de la Sécurité Routière (Tunisia),  Plan International (Vietnam).

July 2018

July 2018 – Commencement of projects by  React Association (Romania).

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