Every third person lives in informal settlements, with hardly any access to transport services making it difficult to reach work places, schools or health centers

The transport sector is the fastest growing sector when it comes to global fossil-fuel-related GHG emissions

2/3 of the 1.2 Mio deaths in road traffic occur in cities, and 20 times more are injured

Half of Windhoek’s population spends more than 25% of their income on transport

In Cairo, traffic jams lead to annual costs of USD 8bn, this is 4% of the total GDP of Egypt

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A 360° view of urban mobility in the Netherlands published 2018-09-13

With our new series of 360° pictures, you can experience best practice examples of urban planning & mobility in an interactive way. The first trip takes us to the Netherlands, where cycling is an essential part of the Dutch culture and cyclists are omnipresent. No other county boasts such an impressive share of cyclists – …
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Upcoming: Open Streets Exchange between African cities published 2018-07-27

In Partnership with TUMI and UN-Habitat, the Open Streets Cape Town Initiative is hosting the first Open Streets Exchange between African cities in Cape Town, South Africa from 22nd – 28th October 2018. It targets especially at government officials and civil society streets enthusiasts with the objective to facilitate a practical knowledge exchange between those …
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“When women plan transport, transport is planned for all.” published 2018-06-12

WomenMobilizeWomen Conference: 200 inspiring female transport experts from 42 nations kick of a new agenda: Empowering women in transport. “This is the first transport conference I ever attended, where only women are on the panel.” The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) kicked-off the debate on the role and potential of women in sustainable urban mobility ...
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What we do

“Transport as usual is not an option”

 

Whether in Addis Ababa, Leipzig or in Kaohsiung - sound transport governance plays a key role in improving the liveability of cities and mitigating climate change. 

The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) enables leaders in developing countries and emerging economies to create sustainable urban mobility. It offers technical and financial support for innovative ideas. In TUMI the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has brought together some of the world’s leading institutions working on sustainable mobility with city networks and think tanks to implement projects on site where they are needed most. Partners include ADB, CAF, WRI, ITDP, UN-Habitat, SLoCaT, ICLEI, GIZ, KfW and C40. A transition towards sustainable urban mobility requires a shift in policy making and investment decisions. TUMI will support projects, leadership development and career building for urban leaders, decision-makers, planners and students; ultimately connecting 1000 leaders worldwide. We believe in capacity building, mobilization of investments and supporting approaches on the ground as the most effective measures to follow the set goals and achieving a more sustainable urban future.

This year TUMI held courses on all continents, engaging participants every step of the way. These included the planning of public bicycle rental systems in Quito, Integrated Urban Transport Systems in Cairo, a study tour of the BRT in Dar es Salaam, Urban Road Safety in Mexico City and many others. In total, more than 120 people listened in on three webinars and e-Learning courses, and about 520 people were trained in workshops and conferences.
 
 
In May 2017, more than 80 Transport Practitioners engaged in the TUMI-Conference on Urban Mobility Governance at the side of the International Transport Summit 2017 in Leipzig. During the conference, urban planners and creative minds from entire Sub-Saharan Africa came together. They explored municipal transport governance, brought contrary and joint views of challenges and solutions, and findings from up-to-date research all to one table.
 
“It was a great pleasure being part of this great TUMI team eager to transform urban mobility not just in Africa but world over. The knowledge obtained and the lessons learnt will indeed go a long way in trying to transform our urban mobility to the best."
- Josephine Chiila, City Planning Department, City of Lusaka/Zambia
 
 
In April 2017 during the 4th Meeting of the Municipalities for Sustainable Development (EMDS) in Brasília, TUMI offered a series of courses. City managers and secretaries, researchers, students and representatives of civil society organizations learned about urban issues and discussed main challenges and potential solutions in Brazilian municipalities.
 
“The first conclusion we draw is that we are all in the same boat, sharing the same problems. Many points discussed here have captivated me, especially the issue of mobility and land use planning. This is a serious problem in Porto Alegre, because we do not have this connection between the two.”
- Isabel Cristina Guimarães Haifuch - Architect and Planning Manager of the Municipal Transport Department of Porto Alegre
 
 
   In November 2017 about 30 transport planners from five southern African countries discussed ways to implement Sustainable Urban Transport in the region during a TUMI Training in Windhoek, Namibia. Energized by sessions on topics such as the principles of SUMPs, BRT, NMT, Transport Management, Regulation or Financing, the transport planners from cities such as Lusaka, Mzuzu, Lilongwe or Cape Town expressed their will to keep the momentum for ongoing engagement in the field of Sustainable Urban Transport in southern Africa.
 
 

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About the initiative

The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) enables leaders in developing countries and emerging economies to create sustainable urban mobility. It offers technical and financial support for innovative ideas. In TUMI the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has brought together some of the world’s leading institutions working on sustainable mobility with city networks and think tanks to implement projects on site where they are needed most. Partners include ADB, CAF, WRI, ITDP, UN-Habitat, SLoCaT, ITDP, ICLEI, GIZ, KfW and C40. A transition towards sustainable urban mobility requires a shift in policy making and investment decisions. TUMI will support projects, leadership development and career building for urban leaders, decision-makers, planners and students; ultimately connecting 1000 leaders worldwide. We believe in capacity building, mobilization of investments and supporting approaches on the ground as the most effective measures to follow the set goals and achieving a more sustainable urban future.