Internationally, the Global Road Safety Partnership was established as part of the Business Partners for Development (BPD) programme, initiated by the World Bank. With the support of international organisations, a group of global business partners, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and several national governments, GRSP International began its activities in 1999. GRSP International is currently active in various developing countries through the local organizations. These local organisations operate under the legislation of the host country and may take on a company structure relevant and effective in the company of operation. Such local companies operate independent from GRSP International but may use the materials, logo and name of its global partners under certain conditions.
There are two categories of partners in the GRSP International: ‘global partners’, who guide the policies and direction of the overall international GRSP programme; and ‘local partners’ who work together to develop and support programmes of specific projects in selected ‘focus’ countries. The global partners guide the overall International GRSP programme through a Steering Committee (SC) and a smaller (subsidiary) Executive Committee (EC). The EC appoints a Chief Executive (CEO) who heads the Secretariat and Management Team (MT). Activities in the selected focus countries may be supported by GRSP ‘Advisors’. GRSP International is not a funding agency and does not finance road safety interventions normally financed by governments. GRSP ZA acknowledges the link with the GRSP International, its objectives, management structures and the intended role of the Advisor. GRSP ZA has been in existence since 2004 and formally registered as a Section 21 company in 2007.