Road safety as a good governance concern: case of Tunisia

Author(s): Kaddour

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Based on WHO recommendations, Perez (2017), Hysing (2019) and Elvik 2021, The damage caused by road safety in developing countries is significant, both in terms of human and economic losses. These costs go beyond the measured direct costs and embody indirect costs that include the withdrawal of foreign direct investment in addition of the negative impact on the potential of the tourism sector. Thus, apart from a comprehensive vision of road safety within a good governance framework, separate policies and time-bound measures cannot bring the desired results of road accident reduction.


This paper presents the assessment of road safety governance in Tunisia over the period of 2005-2020, combining three five-year economic plans and two UN road safety agendas.

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In Tunisia, civil society plays a determinant role in road safety advocacy, but road safety targets result of the previous UN decade witness a limited government good will, as a lead agency for road safety doesn’t exist yet. This paper assesses tremendous features linked to road safety governance from education, legislation, infrastructure, and transport system used in Tunisia, it evaluates the responsibility and policy efficiency regarding actual and past results.


Efficiency assessment of public policies, vision and measures, they will be helpful for tunisian government and road safety stakeholders to understand road safety as a systemic approach resulting from a good governance dynamic.
The results found stipulate a limited capacity to solve the road safety problem which are explained by poor governance. The actual policy is far from meeting the UN goal for reducing 50% road accident by 2030.

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