Global transport transformation – shaping urban mobility sustainably

Project description

Title: Sustainable Mobility 3.0
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Global
Overall term: 2021 to 2024

Colourful pedestrian infrastructure in Lagos, Nigeria


More than 50 per cent of the global population currently live in cities. This figure will have increased to nearly 70 per cent by 2050 – about 6.5 billion people. Cities worldwide are already facing gridlock, and noise and air pollution are on the rise. A fundamental transformation of transport is therefore necessary if we are to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vital importance of mobility for society. The European Union and the German Government have responded to this crisis with the green recovery approach and are committed to rebuilding these systems in a sustainable, climate-friendly and resilient manner.

Mobility is a basic prerequisite for inclusive and equitable cities. The needs of women and marginalised groups in particular must therefore be given greater consideration.


Cities in emerging and developing countries are developing and expanding sustainable mobility systems, contributing to an environmentally and socially equitable transformation of transport.

Caption: Implementation of bicycle infrastructure in Cuenca, Ecuador ALT Text: Cycle lane markings at an intersection in Cuenca, Ecuador  Copyright: Photo: GIZ/TUMI


The project is involved in four fields of activity:

  1. It advises the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and develops technical contributions on topics such as sustainable urban transport, equality and slowing climate change.
  2. It carries out communications and public relations work under the umbrella of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) brand and supports networking.
  3. It provides practical advice to policy-makers in local transport transformation labs.
  4. It strengthens partner competencies through traditional training measures and new formats such as the TUMI Talking Transport Transformation Podcast (TTT).

To this end, the project cooperates with national and international partners such as the Asian Development Bank, C40 Cities, Development Bank of Latin America, Local Governments for Sustainability, Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, KfW Development Bank, Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport, UN Habitat and the World Resources Institute.

Last update: December 2021

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