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Back in sub-Saharan Africa, a child crossing the road to get to school is twice as likely to be struck by a vehicle than a child anywhere else on the planet. They have to traverse the maximum distances from their residence by foot for their own classroom, and due to the dearth of infrastructure such as sidewalks, often dodge in and out of the paths of trucks and cars. Even though the region is home to just 2% of earth ’s vehicles, it balances for 16 percent of global traffic deaths–and children are disproportionately affected.

In cities, sometimes the projects which make the impact are not human-centered initiatives which respond to real , local needs, although flashy plazas. A prize, which announced its winner, honors such endeavors.