Capacity Building and Mobility Analytics – Building on 15 years of experience of SUTP


Side Event Objectives:

1. Showcase experiences from 15 years of Capacity Building of SUTP

2. Introduce the open Mobility Analytics Partnership (MAP)

3. Spotlight the experience of locals using performance indicators to develop effective mobility plans and financing decisions

4. Elaborate the need for capacity building to enable local data collection and to maintain the partnership on the ground


International, national, and local leaders recognize that sustainable transport must play a critical role toward meeting environmental, social, and economic goals. The momentum created by the New Urban Agenda at Habitat III (2016), the Paris Climate Agreement (2015), and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2015), presents a unique and urgent opportunity to boost action on sustainable mobility. To effectively translate international agreements into tangible practice, national and local decision makers need to be enabled to set clear visions of a sustainable mobility system, to draft these visions into plans and to finance the measures sketched in the plans.

Acknowledging this, GIZ’s Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP) has been working in the field of capacity building for local and national authorities for 15 years now. Over 5,000 game-changers have already been reached and engaged in integrated planning, reforming bus systems, setting up transport demand management measures and designing for non-motorized transport – just to mention a few topics in which SUTP has been working in.

While today’s transport solutions, such as demand-responsive public transport, become more and more digital and data-driven, many local authorities lack the capacity to collect data for planning purposes and indicators and hence struggle to yield the digital dividend. SUTP has the vision to enable its partners to step into the age of digitalization and move forward to a new generation of transportation planning.

In order to draft visions, benchmark performance and guide effective decisions toward effective mobility plans, a clear set of consolidated, measurable indicators has proven helpful. Also financing decisions are often based and monitored on indicators.

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), in collaboration with the SLOCAT Partnership and SUTP, and over two dozen progressive international, national, and sub-national partners, is forming an open, participatory Mobility Analytics Partnership (MAP), whose purpose is to develop and promote a core set of measurable performance indicators to link international agreements to tangible action – in mobility plans and financing decisions.

Given the broad range of existing work on indicator development, the mobility analytics partnership’s effort is envisioned to bring additional focus, visibility, coordination, and momentum to ongoing processes, and ultimately to influence tangible action. The partnership’s main activities are to (a) harmonize existing initiatives and mainstream a core set of easily understood, broadly applicable, and readily measurable urban mobility indicators, (b) publishing standardized methodologies and a platform for open data, (c) benchmarking over 100 cities worldwide, and (d) advocating for the effective use of indicators in performance-driven mobility plans and financing decisions by 100+ cities and 20+ countries by 2021. These activities will be supported by GIZ SUTP by providing capacity building on planning instruments such as data collection and processing as part of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), the implementation-oriented initiative of the New Urban Agenda by Germany and its partners.

Only through the collective effort of our international transport community can we deliver these activities, and effectively guide national and sub-national action.

Side Event Agenda:

Moderator: Cornie Huizenga (SLoCaT) (TBC)

1. Introduction by BMZ (4 minutes)

  •  Daniel Günther, BMZ (TBC)

2. Sustainable Urban Transport Project – 15 years of experience as a ground to move forward (12 minutes)

  •  GIZ – Armin Wagner, Head of SUTP

o Content:

  •  Looking back on 15 years of capacity building in SUT
  •  looking ahead in the age of digitalization: identifying new training needs in data- and indicator-driven planning and consultancy

3. Mobility Analytics Partnership (MAP): Linking International Momentum to Local Action (12 minutes)

  •  ITDP – Clayton Lane, CEO – Mobility Analytics Partnership (MAP)


  •  Introducing MAP’s 4 corner stones
  •  Plan and finance by setting indicator goals
  •  Need for harmonization of existing efforts
  •  (need for capacity in local authorities to collect & monitor data)

4. Local experience: São Paulo (7 minutes)

  •  Fernando de Mello Franco, Secretary of Urban Development
  •  Clarisse Cunha Linke – Country Director ITDP Brazil

5. Bringing Together Experiences from SUTP’s Capacity Building and CAF’s Urban Mobility Observatory (7 minutes)

  • Carlosfelipe Pardo, CEO Despacio; long-term trainer for SUTP (TBC)


  •  Key take-aways from CAF’s experiences with the Urban Mobility Observatory
  •  Need to connect CAF’s initiative with others in order to harmonize
  • Need for capacity building in local context

6. Closing (3 minutes)

  • Cornie Huizenga, SLoCaT


October 20, 2016


3:00 am - 3:45 pm


German Pavilion (E118)


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