MobiliseYourCity @ SSATP annual meeting, 2-6 July 2018, Abuja/Nigeria

On July 2nd, the first day of the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Sub-Sahara Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP), its Pillar B on Urban Mobility was opened by the pillar lead, Mr. Zemedkun Girma. It started with sessions hosted by the MobiliseYourCity Partnership in cooperation with the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), and ISOCARP.

The sessions were attended by over 80 participants, including senior government officials from African countries, representatives from the private sector and multilateral organisations like AfDB, World Bank and UNECA.

The first session, delivered by Holger Dalkmann, included three elements: Sharing opportunities through new global initiatives; presentation and discussion onprinciples for sustainable urban mobility and National Urban Mobility Policies and Investment Programs (NUMP). The nine principles on urban sustainable mobility highlighted the importance of a wide range of actions linked to the AVOID-SHIFT-IMPROVE paradigm. The importance of enabling factors throughinstitutional strengtheningcapacity building and financing were stressed by many participants. For the future of capacity building it was seen as key to pay more attention to the education at universities so that engineers and planners have access to the state of the art knowledge on sustainable urban transport solutions and design. The SSATP program on collaborating with African universities was seen as a good example to move forward.

  • TheTransformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) and the MobiliseYourCity Partnership raised high interest among the participants and some members already shared their positive experience benefitting from its capacity building and technical assistance. In addition, the new High Volume Transport (HVT)) program by DFIDwas presented as a new interesting 5 year initiative to bring state of the art research into action. UITP shared their latest initiatives to strengthen advocacy and leadership in Africa. The need for better access to the different opportunities and stronger collaboration was raised by the participants.
  • The presentation and discussion on National Urban Mobility Plans and Investment Programshighlighted the importance of action by national governments to enable transformation at the local level. With the highest rates of urbanization in the world it is inevitable to improve particularly in Africa the local infrastructure and operation of sustainable mobility solutions; measures shall aim at further strengthening the economies and providing safe access to all inhabitants. The need for clear institutional arrangements defined in regulatory frameworks, the empowerment of the municipalities and the need to provide resources for urban infrastructure,operation and personal capacity were key elements identified. A reform of the national road funds to support urban mobility was one of the ideas put forward. Some participants welcomed a stronger AU engagement in urban mobility and suggested further guidance on a continental level.
  • The final session hosted by ISOCARP highlighted the importance of linking transport and urban development. The concept of Transit Oriented Development (TOD)need to be adjusted to the need and design of African cities. It was stressed that redesign of the existing structuresas well as the new constructions are equally important and that a better, and safer infrastructure in particular for walking, cycling and public transport is a must. This was also emphasized in a closing presentation by Nigerian author Emmanuel John, who closed the session with the key message that cities should be built for people and not for cars.

European Development Days: Women and girls at the forefront of sustainable development

5- 6 June 2018, Brussels (Belgium)

The 2018 edition of the EDDs (the EU Commission Flagship event on Sustainable Development) was focused on Women and Development. At this occasion, the MobiliseYourCity team presented the Partnership, and in particular its activities undertaken to ensure equal access for all to public transport, which include specific actions oriented towards accessibility to mobility by women and girls.
MobiliseYourCity held a joint stand together with other development partners, which offered opportunity for valuable exchange about sustainable urban mobility & gender topics with several hundred participants during the two event days.

MobiliseYourCity Study Tour 2018: Learning about the successful transformation of Singapore towards sustainable urban mobility

7-9 May 2018, Singapore

The MobiliseYourCity Study Tour 2018, co-organised by the GIZ TRANSfer and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) Transport Working Group, was held in Singapore on 7-9 May 2018 with 30 participants from 11 countries with a gender ratio of 50/50.

The group included government representatives from nine APEC economies: Bhutan, Chile, Indonesia, India, Mexico, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Viet Nam, as well as technical speakers from Germany, Mexico, and the United States.

The Study Tour showcased the successful transformation of Singapore towards sustainable urban mobility, discussing in particular the policy framework, planning approaches and financing. It also visited topics like state-of-the-art bus operations, mobility as a service concept or autonomous vehicle applications.

To maximize the experience and learning of the participants, the three days were packed with field trips to Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA); TUM-CREATE, the joint research platform of the University of Technology of Munich and the Nanyang Technological University; Tower Transit, a bus operator present in Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Australia; and Grab, the largest ride-hailing service in Southeast Asia. There were also presentations from Singapore’s Land Transport Authority and Green Freight Asia. The World Resources Institute (WRI) likewise introduced a tool for the evaluation of bus fleets, considering aspects such as route information, existing infrastructure, fuel, and operational costs. The Study Tour also provided a space for the participants to learn from each other via country presentations and workshop formats.

These activities provided diverse perspectives on sustainable urban mobility, giving participants a view on lessons learnt and future plans from the public, private, and academic sectors in Singapore. The the MobiliseYourCity Study Tour enabled a mutual learning experience for all participants visiting various levels of sustainable urban mobility approaches.. It also added another layer of technical support to partner under MobiliseYourCity and collaboration with partner organizations, such as WRI.

Douala has completed a major step in the elaboration of its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP)

9-13 July, Douala (Cameroon)

The Urban Community of Douala organised a one-week workshop from 9 to 13 of July in order to validate the « Diagnostic » phase of their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). This workshop brought together the municipality’s team in charge for the SUMP, representatives from ministries, the experts commissioned in the support-framework of MobiliseYourCity (funded by EU-Intra-ACP, implemented via AFD), an expert from Bordeaux Métropole in the context of the city-to-city cooperation, representatives of AFD and the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat, as well as other stakeholders. Consultants worked hand-in-hand with the Municipality to present, share and discuss their conclusions regarding the current status quo on urban mobility in Douala in order to establish a robust and common understanding upon which the next project stage – development scenario building – shall be set up. The project targets at finalizing Douala’s SUMP in 2019 as base for susbsequent implementation of measures. 

Welcome to our new Chairwoman, Paulina Potemski (MTES)

13 June, Brussels (Belgium)

On June 13th, the MobiliseYourCity Steering Committee took the opportunity to thank Eric Beaume (DEVCO) for his ambitious and successful engagement as its Chairman since its first meeting in the year 2016.

The Steering Committee welcomed Paulina Potemski as his successor. Representing the French Ministry for an Ecological and Solidarity-based Transition (MTES) in the Partnership. Paulina is the Coordinator for Global Climate Action in the French Climate Negotiation Team and the Deputy Head of the Climate and Energy Unit in the ministry. Paulina is in charge of linking MTES’ areas of responsability  (i.e. transport, construction, water, oceans, energy, and local authorities) to the Climate Action Agenda in the framework of the Paris Agreement on Climate, and to the UNFCCC. Prior to that, she worked for the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR) in Paris; among other functions, Paulina was in charge of European networks coordination for IFSTTAR and maintaining interfaces vis-à-vis European institutions.

Paulina’s ambition as Chairperson of the MobiliseYourCity Partnership is -among others- to maintain and advance the partnership spirit in order to further upscale its impacts on protecting the global climate, and to ensure robustness of results with respect to the several individual affiliated support-projects carried out by the team of Partners.

MobiliseYourCity 4th Steering Committee

June 13, Brussels (Belgium)

The 4th Steering Committee of the Partnership took place at the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat in Brussels on 13 June, 2018. Representatives of Contributing Partners gathered and exchanged on activities and further strategic directions of the Partnership.

The 4th Steering Committee acknowledged the successful development of the Partnership over the last months. Results of implementation of activies both in-country and globally are of quality; stakeholder awareness in relation to the objectives of the Partnership (sector transformation, investment preparation and GHG emission reduction) is continuously increasing; and geographical coverage is growing.

MobiliseYourCity is delighted to welcome as new Contributing Partners the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the Wuppertal Institute as well as – tentatively, subject to submission of remaining documents – the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Furthermore MobiliseYourCity welcomes the following cities as new Beneficiary Partners: Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Bouake and Greater Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Dire Dawa and Hawassa (Ethiopia), and Maputo (Mozambique).

As German Development Bank, KfW has a long-standing track record in financing transformation in the transport sector. The bank puts urban mobility as a key component of its action to help partner countries to accomplish NDCs and sustainable development goals. KfW is already involved in the funding of various large scale urban mobility projects in emerging and developing countries, such as a light rail in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), a metro in Nagpur (India), and an Intelligent Transport System in Huainan (China). As new Contributing Partner, KfW seeks to join forces together with AFD and the EU reinforcing existing collaboration and engaging into new potential projects within the Partnership.

The Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, based in Wuppertal (Germany), is involved in numerous partnerships with cities, research and implementation organisations around the globe. The Institute aims at supporting joint work with other MobiliseYourCity Partners and contributing with knowledge and networks from its involvement in many projects on SUMPs and the promotion of sustainable urban mobility.

The EBRD, based in London, is a multilateral development bank. In the field of urban mobility, EBRD is particularly active in the EU neighbourhood (Eastern Europe) and Northern Africa. As EBRD shares a similar development cooperation approach as the MobiliseYourCity Partnership, the bank seeks to engage as Partner.

MobiliseYourCity is looking forward to working with its new partners.