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Important BIGRS get-together in Mumbai

10 July 2017

iRAP had a great opportunity to showcase its life saving work in cities around the world at the Bloomberg Global Initiative for Road Safety (BIGRS) Partner Meeting in Mumbai.

Over 150 delegates from our key donor, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and partners including the World Resources Institute, the World Health Organisation, and Johns Hopkins University, joined policy makers and road safety professionals from the 10 project cities at the three day event.

As well as reviewing project progress in the cities, the get-together gave partners a chance to address broader strategic aims and best practice learning. Among the topics discussed were:

  • evaluating the BIGRS framework for the next two and a half years
  • new technology and innovation in road safety
  • the role of civil society in advocating speed reduction

iRAP played a key role in the World Bank, WRI and NACTO led sessions on Safer Streets and Safer Mobility. ViDA demonstrator sessions using three real life case studies from Mumbai were attended by 30 delegates including embedded staff working for Bloomberg and by representatives from project cities.

A half-day iRAP ‘Introduction to iRAP Methodology for Star Rating and SRIP’ workshop was held for World Bank staff at the end of the conference. Project work in Bogota was reviewed by Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, Julio Urzua. Progress in Accra was reviewed by the AfricaRAP leader, Racheal Ngwana, and Jigesh Bhavsar discussed project work in Mumbai.

Julio said: ‘The demonstrator session was a great opportunity to give delegates a better understanding of how their cities’ potential star rating can be improved. They will be able to go back to their cities and implement their learning.’

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