Developing sustainable transport systems

Project description

Title: Sustainable Mobility 2.0 
Commissioned by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Global
Overall term: 2019 to 2021


Cites worldwide face traffic gridlock, while rural areas are insufficiently connected to urban conurbations. More than 50 percent of today’s global population live in cities. By 2050, this will be just under 70 percent, which means that around 6.5 billion people will need mobility solutions. This poses enormous challenges for the transport sector.

At present, almost 1 billion people are cut off from access to public and social infrastructures such as health care, education facilities and career development opportunities. Women and population groups who do not have their own means of transportation are particularly affected.

In the transport sector, fundamental changes are necessary to overcome these hurdles and to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda. In addition, the transport sector is facing an enormous shortage of skilled workers, which the international community is slow to tackle.


Cities in the Global South receive the necessary support to implement and develop sustainable mobility systems. Sustainable transportation is being promoted worldwide.


The sector project Sustainable Mobility 2.0 works in five fields of activity. The fields of activity include providing specialist advice to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) (field of activity 1), creating an international dialogue forum on sustainable mobility (field of activity 2), broadening dialogue and cooperation between BMZ and the private sector in the area of mobility (field of activity 3), developing an international training measure on sustainable mobility (field of activity 4), and implementing BMZ’s objectives in pilot projects through the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) (field of activity 5).

The sector project works with a host of national and international partners. The focus is on implementing TUMI jointly with the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), the C40 network, the Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) network, the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UNCHS/Habitat).

Another important field of activity focuses on involving women in mobility. The Women Mobilize Women (WMW) initiative and the associated regional networks aim to increase the participation of women in planning and decision-making processes relating to transport. 

The work builds on the sector project's many years of experience with various training and capacity development solutions within the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP). The German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility (GPSM) is responsible for extensive cooperation with the German private sector. All three initiatives will be developed further over the next two years.


Since TUMI was founded in 2016, the sector project has successfully established the initiative as a global model for sustainable urban transportation. To date, ten innovative pilot projects on urban mobility have been launched, and a further eight projects are currently being planned. 

As part of TUMI, more than 1,500 people have received training, and these individuals are transferring this acquired knowledge in their cities and administrations. Training courses for a further 1,500 people are being planned.

TUMI has held more than 60 events and provided more than 50 publications. Since 2017, the sector project has had its own conference day and focus topics (African cities, Women Mobilize Women, electric mobility) as part of the annual International Transport Forum.

TUMI has so far invested more than 2 billion euros in sustainable mobility projects in BMZ partner countries. In addition, TUMI has identified and implemented specific projects to foster close links between technical and financial cooperation, such as the DKTI project in Georgia and joint training activities between the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, CAF and ADB relating to project preparation.