Don't wait for accidents to happen

Enhancing traffic safety: prospects and challenges for Safe System approach on African continent

8–9 June 2023
Winneba, Ghana
Local organiser(s): Enoch F. Sam
The conference is organized in close co-operation with the University of Education, Winneba.

days left

Important dates

Date Action
3 February 2023
Abstract submission deadline
24 February 2023
Notification of acceptance
24 April 2023
Early Bird fee expiration
2 June 2023
Registration closed
6–7 June 2023
Traffic Safety Researcher's course
8–9 June 2023
XII extra ICTCT Conference

Social media

Please, use the hashtags #ictct and #ictct2023winneba in your posts related to the conference.

Traffic Safety Researcher's course

As usual, ICTCT organizes the Traffic Safety Researcher’s course in connection to the conference.

More information about the course can be found here.

Road traffic injuries constitute a major health and development problem worldwide, but in particular in Africa. Despite accommodating only 4% of the global motor vehicle fleet, African roads witness more than 10% of the world’s traffic fatalities. The victims are primarily vulnerable road users, with pedestrians alone accounting for more than 40% of traffic deaths. With further motorisation, the number of traffic fatalities and injuries is expected to grow unless decisive actions are taken to tackle the problem.

In some other parts of the world, impressive progress in decreasing traffic deaths and injuries has been observed in the last decades. To a high degree, this could be attributed to the adoption of the Safe System approach as the base for all road safety management activities. Besides its highly humanistic long-term goal of no one being killed in traffic (so-called Vision Zero), a Safe System consists of a set of fundamental principles that can be applied and give positive results regardless of how bad the starting situation might have been. The principles of safe speeds, tolerance for human errors and the responsibility of the system designers to create a forgiving road environment are at the core of the Safe System approach.

There are good reasons to believe that the Safe System approach can also be a major game changer in Africa. However, it cannot be exported or enforced from the outside, but must be adopted from the inside by local experts who know and understand the local context and conditions. Several countries in Africa are taking up the Vision Zero objective. The conference aims to facilitating the exchange of knowledge and experiences between international and African road safety scientists and professionals and provides a platform for a joint discussion on the future of the Safe System approach on the African continent.

A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:

  • Road safety management organisation and analysis of constraints
  • Current adoption of Safe System thinking in Africa and elsewhere
  • Improved data to support road safety analysis and policy development
  • Safety issues for specific groups of road users: pedestrians, cyclists, children, elderly, etc.
  • Interactions between road users, vehicles, and infrastructure
  • Enforcement and education
  • Professional drivers, road safety management in companies and the role of transport buyers
  • Key road safety culture challenges and possibilities related to vulnerable road users
  • Low-cost solutions for road safety improvement
  • Transferability of road safety measures
  • Safety aspects of urban and rural transport planning and sustainable mobility

Presentations should be based on empirical studies with the goal to improve understanding of road users’ risks, behaviours, and their responses to the traffic conditions in which they take part in. Theoretical contributions related to these issues are also welcomed. A certain relevance for the African context is expected.

The submission processes is managed through EasyChair conference management system. If you have used this system before, you can login with the same username and password. In case this is your first time, you will need to create an account before continuing.

Please, use the abstract templateYour extended abstract (500-700 words) should include the following points:

  • Background
  • Aim
  • Method or methodological issues
  • Results obtained or expected
  • Conclusions


Save you abstract as pdf before uploading to the system.

The assessment will be based upon the following criteria: (i) relevance of the topic in relation to the conference theme; (ii) scientific quality and (iii) likelihood to raise the interest of the present audience and to stimulate discussion.

Submission deadline is 3 February 2023.


The conference will be held at the Student Centre, North Campus, University of Education, Winneba.


Flying to Ghana

All international flights to Ghana arrive at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra, the national capital. Over 25 major airlines operate direct flights from Europe to KIA, Accra, including Brussels Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Emirates Airlines, British Airways, Air France, and TAP Portugal. Other airlines with direct flights to KIA Accra are Delta Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air, South Africa Airways, RwandAir, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, Afriqiyah Airways, Royal Air Maroc, etc.

Getting from KIA airport to Winneba

The conference will take place in Winneba, 65.5 kilometres from Accra. For convenience, we have arranged with a public transport company to convey international participants from the airport in Accra to Winneba at a fee. Please, fill out the google form with your arrival details to register for this service.

Visa requirements

All visitors (except for the citizens of ECOWAS, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, and Zimbabwe) require a visa to enter Ghana.

Visa can be obtained from all Ghana Missions and Embassies abroad. Conference participants needing a visa to enter Ghana should check with the Ghana Mission or Embassy in their countries of residence (or close to them) to learn the requirements and procedure. Typically, the visa application process takes between 10-15 working days. However, we advise potential applicants to start the process well ahead of their intended travel date (the earlier, the better).


All international passengers, including those from the ECOWAS region intending to fly to Ghana, must be fully vaccinated. Please come with your Covid-19 vaccination certificate or other proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

Except for infants under one year, all visitors to Ghana require a Yellow fever vaccination. You must bring the original vaccination certificate as this is required to enter Ghana. You are also advised to consult your doctor well in advance of your visit so that you may start anti-malaria treatment. To prevent contracting malaria, we recommend the following measures: wearing long-sleeved clothing (especially during night-outs), using mosquito repellent, and sleeping with a mosquito net or with the air-conditioning running.

Please consult the link below for travel health notices related to Ghana here.

Other useful information

English is the official language in Ghana.

Ghana has a tropical climate with a temperature of between 21°–32°C (70°–90°F) generally.

The local currency is the Ghana Cedi (GHS). Currently, 1 Euro = GHS 14.88 and 1 Dollar = GHS 14.38 (currency convertor).

There are several forex bureaus in Accra and also at the airport. Most bank ATMs accept Visa and Master Cards.

It is also possible to use your Visa and Master cards at major shops and restaurants in the city.

Power voltage  

Voltage in Ghana is 220/240 volts as in Europe. Plugs in Ghana are the same as used in Great Britain (large 3 pin – type G) so you will probably need an adapter to plug your laptop into the power outlet.


Rooms (all airconditioned with private bathrooms) in the following hotels, situated within the vicinity of the conference venue, have been secured to accommodate conference participants:

  • Gloriaka Travellers (Apartment Hotel)
  • Windy Bay Lodge
  • All Gold Lodge

The prices range between $25 and $40. You will pay at the facility. Interested participants are requested to send an email with the subject ICTCT 2023 Winneba reservation to to make a reservation. Kindly indicate the hotel desired.

ICTCT Local organiser
Contact person
Niels Agerholm
Enoch F. Sam
ICTCT Secretariat
Department of Geography Education
University of Education
Winneba, Ghana

Contact ICTCT


Report a problem