Kevin Watkins was a nonresident senior fellow with the Center for Universal Education and the Development Assistance and Governance Initiative. His research focused on education, globalization and human development.
The epidemic of road traffic injury is a source of poverty, human suffering and economic waste on a global scale. Over the next two decades, the number of vehicles in the world's poorest countries will increase at an unprecedented rate. Unlike some of the issues that will be discussed at the Rio+20 summit, there are few unknowns in road safety. It's not rocket science, yet progress has been painfully slow.