Inclusive Streets, Inclusive Communities

The TUMI Inclusive Banjarmasin initiative in Indonesia applies the citizen-driven and participatory approach which creates an enabling environment for vulnerable groups and citizens to be engaged in the decision-making process, including planning, designing, advocacy, implementation, and monitoring. 

This project has proven that the participatory approach which empowering the persons with disabilities in the process has become a key in building a more inclusive city. 

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Project Description

Many public spaces in Indonesia are inaccessible to vulnerable groups such as children and persons with disabilities (PwDs), partly due to a lack of infrastructure and limited awareness and understanding by citizens, government agencies and families.  

The Inclusive Banjarmasin: Urban Mobility and Accessibility for All initiative is a collaboration between urban designers, civil society organizations, and the Banjarmasin City Government to support the creation of a more accessible and inclusive city. Through citizen-driven processes and multi stakeholder engagements, the project aims to address traffic problems that exist in inclusive school zones to improve the safety and accessibility of the sidewalks, parking area, drop-off, and pick-up areas for all as well as it aims to improve accessibility in mobility through the retrofitting of three-wheeled motorbikes that can be used by persons with disabilities. A secondary project activity was implemented which arose from project implementation in the waste management building was redesigned to create a more sustainable system to manage waste. 

Together with our local implementing partner Kota Kita, the TUMI Challenge project in Banjarmasin, Indonesia focuses on the implementation of these three participatory pilot projects as a model of urban inclusivity.

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Sep – Dec 2019: Initiation of the Safe School Zone and Inclusive Mobility initiatives  

Jan – Mar 2020: Beginning the process of developing the Safe School Zone and Inclusive Mobility initiatives

Jun – Aug 2020: Adapting to COVID-19 and initiation of Community-led Waste Management initiative 

Aug 2020 – Jun 2021: all initiatives in progress

Apr – Sep 2021: Final Stages of the Pilot Development

Sep 2021: Launching event with city government, civil society organizations, and media

Project's Objective

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The project’s main objectives were: 

  • Laying the groundwork in the form of a pilot project to implement inclusive mobility solutions for vulnerable groups in the city. The focus lies on mobility options for school-aged children and PwDs while also improving their access and ability to participate in public life. 
  • Raising awareness among the general public and local government officials of the daily challenges vulnerable groups face in Banjarmasin and the urgent need for inclusive planning. 
  • A further activity and objective was achieved in supporting the circular economy and recycling  

Key Outputs

  • Implementation of a safe school zone, including sidewalk improvements, painting of zebra crossings, the provision of dedicated parking, waiting, drop off and pick up areas for all. The pilot targeted the area around two inclusive schools in the City of Banjarmasin, Indonesia.  
  • Responding to the needs of teachers who lack a comfortable and nearby parking space, an unused public building near the two schools was repurposed and transformed into a parking building.  
  • Kota Kita team handed over accessible rides to Indonesian Association of People with Disabilities (PPDI) Banjarmasin. There are three design types: two center-type designs in Banjarmasin and Yogyakarta and one sidecar-type design. In the center-type design, the wheelchair users could easily access the passenger space. 
  • The waste management building, named “Green Building”, which has caused traffic congestion in the area, was redesigned and a collaboration with the neighborhood residents was established to create a more sustainable system to manage waste. During the redesign process, a rainwater harvesting system was added to the building, along with a handwashing station.   

Challenges and Learnings

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The vulnerable groups, particularly those with disabilities are often excluded from society, either in their homes or other social settings. There may be barriers – physical, attitudinal, lack of information in accessible format – that limit their opportunities in varied economic and social activities. Therefore, in the inclusive planning and design process, the involvement of vulnerable groups is essential as they are often left behind. 

Potentials for Scaling Up

“Joining this program has exposed us to the benefits of a participatory and inclusive process. We at the Transportation Agency of Banjarmasin are definitely inspired and hope to replicate the process in other safe school zone projects that are currently in the pipeline.” — Febpry Ghara Utama, Banjarmasin City Transportation Agency

“The TUMI program has inspired us to see the potential of replicating accessible and inclusive public spaces in other areas of Banjarmasin City. We believe that the collaborative and participatory process conducted in this program can become a guideline for the planning and development of Banjarmasin City in the future.” — Ibnu Sina, Banjarmasin Mayor

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The Team

Frederic Tesfay

Project Manager

Mechanical Engineer who immediately went into project management within the field of construction; having worked two years in USA and a further five years for GIZ in Africa focused on project implementation. After developing a strong focus on monitoring and controlling, he successfully began managing projects in the field of technical education and capacity building in Asia.

Focus Areas: TUMI Data, TUMI Labs, TUMI E-Bus Mission

Viviane Weinmann

Transport Planner

Holding a degree in Aviation Management as well as Sustainable Transport Planning. She is experienced in road and pedestrian microsimulation modelling, feasibility studies and transport master planning. Before joining TUMI she also designed public transport and active mobility infrastructure, primarily in Singapore and the wider Southeast Asian Region.

Focus Areas: WMW

Supported by


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

GIZ provides services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations and governments of other countries all benefiting from these services. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is the main commissioning party, but GIZ also works with the private sector, fostering successful interaction between development policy and foreign trade.

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