Ten Step Project Tanzania

Tanzania has been selected for the implementation of the Ten Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure Pilot Project funded by the United Nations Road Safety Fund (UNRSF) and co-financed by the Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) and UKAid.


Tanzania Pilot Project Objectives

The project aims at reducing traffic fatalities and injuries in Tanzania by building the institutional capacity and regulatory framework to improve infrastructure safety  (management,  road safety audits and assessments,  investment,  design standards, upgrades and monitoring) and to pilot the approach with concrete action on planned and/or existing road projects. The Ten Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure pilot is a two-year project designed to meet the specific needs of Tanzania and build sustainable institutional capacity,  impact and partnerships. The United Nations Commission for Africa (UNECA) is implementing this pilot project in partnership with the International Road Federation (IRF), the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), the World Road Association (PIARC) and the Tanzania Roads Association (TARA).

The pilot project follows the 10-Step approach outlined by the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration group and described on the gTKP page Ten Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure. The expected outcomes of the Ten Step pilot project in Tanzania are:

  • revised systems and institutional arrangements for road safety management in Tanzania.
  • revised national road infrastructure safety strategy and action plans.
  • revised national road design standards to ensure that they address road safety for all road users and meet the specific needs of vulnerable road users.
  • revised current national and local operational road safety policies, standards, guidelines and financing arrangements.
  • Concrete proposals for the establishment of National Road Assessment Programme (TanRAP).
  • New national training, accreditation and certification scheme (that supports new road safety targets and builds institutional capacity to sustain the National Safer Road Infrastructure Plan and National Road Assessment Programme).

Through these expected outcomes, the pilot project in Tanzania aims at building effective and lasting institutional benefits, mobilising national and international partnerships and collaborations as well as showing the immediate impact on new roads and upgrades.


The Approach

Tanzania is the first country in the world to use the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) Ten Step approach. An overview of the UNRSC Ten Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure is presented in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Steps of the UNRS Ten Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure


The first step of the plan is the delivery of a National Safer Road Infrastructure Workshop. On March 16th - 18th 2021, the project partners (UNECA, IRF, iRAP, PIARC and TARA) organised a National Workshop on Safer Road Infrastructure covering topics such as existing Road Infrastructure Safety Management, Design Standards and Implementation arrangements that address the safety needs of all road users in accordance with the Global  Framework Plan of  Action, UN Global Road Safety Performance Targets and the associated supporting systems and tools available via the UN Road Safety Collaboration partners. More information about the workshop, programme  as well as the proceedings are available on the gTKP page National Road Safety Workshop.

The National Road Safety Workshop officially launched the Ten Step Project in Tanzania. Going forward, three working groups will be formed to implement the next steps. The first group will be working on Infrastructure Safety Strategy and Action Plan, the second one on Road Design Standards and the third one on TanRAP, Training and Accreditation. Figure 2 summarizes the objectives of each group.


Figure 2: Ten Step Project Tanzania - working groups


If you would like to find out more about the Ten Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure you can read the gTKP page Ten Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure.  

Check the sections below "Documents" “Recommended links” for further resources. Check also the Road Safety Section on gtKP and the resources produced by UNRSC hosted in the gtkp section The Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety


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