Transport and mobility

Mobility is a key factor in social and economic development. Mobility provides people with access to markets, employment, education and health care, and plays a significant role in reducing poverty, especially in emerging economies and developing countries. The development of rural regions in particular is still hampered by poor infrastructure and insufficient transport services.

On the other hand, the transport systems in agglomerations of many emerging economies are often on the brink of gridlock. The mobility concept pursued in densely populated urban areas is based on that of industrialised countries, whose approach to increasing prosperity and stimulating growth has been to continually expand transport networks and infrastructure. Increasing motorisation is leading to rising levels of harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as well as local air pollution, and thus represents a threat both to the climate and to the health of the local population.

Mobility must not become an end in itself. The core aim of transport planning must be to enable people to get to work and school and to access essential goods and health facilities. At the same time, negative impacts on the climate, environment and health must be mitigated.

On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and further donors, GIZ focuses on the following areas of activity, which frequently complement each other or overlap:

Examples of our work


Sustainable urban mobility

An efficient transport system provides urban residents with access to employment, education and health care, and plays a key role in making cities competitive. GIZ follows the ‘avoid, shift and improve’ approach...

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Transport and climate

The transport sector is responsible for 27 per cent of all energy-based CO2 emissions across the world. GIZ assists partners in implementing measures for climate-friendly mobility and in accessing international support ...

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International fuel prices

Oil prices and the rates of taxation set for mineral oil-based products can have a strong influence on a country’s financial situation. Since 1998, GIZ has been providing comprehensive data on fuel taxation ...

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Infrastructure management and rural mobility

Road and rail networks form the backbone of economic activity and provide the local population with access to essential services. GIZ provides advice on the financing and management of road maintenance...

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Sustainable freight transport and logistics

Supplying growing megacities with food for the ever-increasing number of citizens becomes difficult where no efficient logistic systems exist. GIZ supports the development of concepts for sustainable freight transport ...

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