Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI)
Accelerate the implementation of sustainable urban transport development and mitigation of climate change
The objective of the TUMI is to accelerate the implementation of sustainable urban transport development and mitigation of climate change by mobilizing finance, building capacities and promoting innovative approaches.
A transition towards sustainable urban mobility requires a shift in policy making and investment decisions. The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) will support this transition by mobilizing significant investments in sustainable urban transport infrastructures and services, building the capacity of key decision makers and supporting innovative and transformative sustainable mobility approaches on the ground. Furthermore, TUMI will contribute to an improved dialogue on urban mobility with relevant stakeholders at global, national and local levels, and will increase the awareness of the private sector as well as civil society and help them mobilize to contribute more directly to the development of sustainable mobility solutions.
- ENABLE 1.500 urban change makers to plan and implement modern mobility concepts
- SUPPORT innovative pilot activities in cities across the globe with Global Urban Mobility Challenge, 2nd round accepting applications until December 21st. Project topics can cover a wide range from active mobility, logistics, new operating models to e-mobility.
- MOBILISE up to 1 billion USD to build and modernize sustainable urban mobility infrastructure
Partners and Signatories
- Asian Development Bank (ADB)
- C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
- CAF Development Bank Of Latin America
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
- German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
- KfW Development Bank (Germany)
- ICLEI (Local Governments For Sustainability)
- Institute For Transport and Development Policy (ITDP)
- Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)
- UN Human Settlements Programme – UN-Habitat
- World Resources Institute (WRI)
Relevance to advance the Paris Agreement goals
Rising temperatures, rising sea levels, and more frequent extreme-weather events underline the importance of climate-sensitive and -resilient transport services and infrastructures. The transport sector is responsible for 28% of the global final energy consumption and is already the second largest polluting sector. It is the fastest growing sector with regard to GHG emissions. By 2050, transport-related emissions are forecasted to increase by 120%. Resilience strategies support the needed adaptation to future climate related vulnerability. Our target: support our partner cities in building resilient services and infrastructures and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in urban transport.
Specifically, TUMI will mobilize financing for sustainable mobility – envisaged is 1 billion USD per year. It has specific goals on finance and capacity building.
Activities of the Initiative
Outreach and coalition:
- As the leading global implementation initiative focused on urban mobility, we together with 11 global partners support cities in transforming their transport systems.
- Capacity building is at the core of our ENABLE pillar: Since 2016, we have trained 1,600+ urban leaders, decision-makers, planners and students in planning and implementing sustainable mobility concepts. We continuously support political leaders and change-makers in their professional environments by providing tailor-made formats.
- Urban mobility labs, webinars and innovative approaches such as design thinking and peer-to-peer reviews are key elements for TUMI partners to strategically develop, strengthen and conduct capacity building programs for sustainable urban mobility. In April and November 2018, we launched hackathons in Nairobi and Nagpur, with over 50 and 40 entrepreneurs, programmers and designers respectively to find digital solutions to mobility challenges.
- TUMI also supports regional network events and study tours such as the ITDP-hosted Mobilize Summit “Making Space for Mobility in Booming Cities” in Dar es Salaam and a Transport Study Tour of the government of Cairo to Bogotá organized in collaboration with TUMI Partner UN Habitat. In 2018, TUMI partners so far have implemented more than 14 capacity building events with 850 participants.
- TUMI can draw from the broad knowledge base of its partners with a wealth of publications, training offers and other materials as well as established access to key resource persons and professionals. These elements are used in various formats to build knowledge and support existing efforts among individuals and organizations (cf. TUMI Capacity Development Catalogue 2018).
- At our 2nd TUMI Conference, we kicked off the debate on the role and potential of women in sustainable urban mobility with the first Women Mobilize Women Conference. The conference hosted 22 high-level speakers from 18 countries to 200 selected participants, offering an impressive diversity of female transport ministers, politicians, professionals and entrepreneurs from the Global South. Find an overview video of the conference here.
Policy-making and implementation:
- TUMI is only indirectly involved in policy making as it works through mechanisms such as capacity development, funding/financing and pilot measures. However, its partners aim at including lessons learnt and innovative approaches in policy dialogues and other formats. Further, it also supports the implementation of climate mitigation through policy based lending – thereby supporting policymaking and implementation of national governments.
- To transform urban mobility visions into reality, we provide funding in-kind services, project implementation support and funding to selected cities. This benefits such diverse activities as planning for an integrated cycling system in Addis Ababa, helping establish shared electric mobility in Morocco, or expanding the light rail network in Buenos Aires with KfW and CAF.
Monitoring and reporting:
- TUMI impacts are beginning to show and will come out of the first round of challenge winners as the project awaits its second round from mid-2019 on. As assessed ex ante, the expectable scaling of activities will produce climate-relevant impacts and contribute to implementing NDCs. The impact of the initiative will be monitored and reported regularly.
For more information, to join the initiative as a partner or a beneficiary city/country, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Moser, email@example.com
Armin Wagner, firstname.lastname@example.org