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.

La 5ème Conférence Européenne sur les « Plans de Mobilité Urbaine Soutenable » (SUMP), Nicosie (Chypre)

La 5ème Conférence Européenne sur les « Plans de Mobilité Urbaine Soutenable » (SUMP) a eu lieu les 14 et 15 mai dernier à Nicosie, Chypre. Cet évènement annuel à destination des acteurs mettant en pratique le concept de SUMP, sert de forum aux décideurs politiques, aux praticiens, experts et chercheurs pour étendre leur réseau et débattre des enjeux clés sur la planification de la mobilité urbaine durable. En ligne avec la décision de la Commission Européenne de faire de 2018, l’année de la Multimodalité, cette conférence a eu pour thème « Planifier pour des villes multimodales ».

Les échanges se sont articulés autour (i) du cadre politique global de la planification de la mobilité urbaine, (ii) de la révision prochaine des recommandations de la Commission Européenne pour l’élaboration des SUMPs, (iii) de la mise en œuvre des SUMPs et (iv) des spécificités locales et régionales.

Une session co-organisée par MobiliseYouCity a été dédiée à l’Europe de l’Est. Des représentants de Tirana, Sarajevo, Hradrec Kralové, Budapest, Pristina, Palanga, Skopje, Podgrica, Belgrade et Lviv ont présenté les raisons conduisant leur ville à s’engager dans la planification de la mobilité urbaine, les mesures phares envisagées et les principaux challenges à la mise en œuvre des SUMPs.

Une session a également été animée par le projet GoSUMP afin de faire connaitre les projets de la Communauté des « Transports Urbains en Méditerranée » et transférer leurs approches innovantes en matière de planification de la mobilité.


Session co-organisée par MobiliseYouCity, dédiée à la planification de la mobilité urbaine en Europe de l’Est

Session animée par le projet GoSUMP à la 5ème Conférence Européenne sur les « Plans de Mobilité Urbaine Soutenable »












Dans l’espace d’exposition, les stands des projets GoSUMP et MobiliseYouCity ont également permis de nombreux échanges avec les participants de la conférence.










En savoir plus :

– Accès à l’ensemble des présentations sur le site de la conférence

– Hashtag twitter #SUMP2018

The 5th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP), Nicosia (Cyprus)

The 5th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) took place on 14-15 May in Nicosia, Cyprus.

This annual event for all those involved in putting the SUMP concept into practice serves as a forum for policy makers, practitioners and experts across Europe to network and debate key issues on sustainable urban mobility planning. In line with the European Commission having dedicated the year 2018 to the promotion of multimodality, the theme of the 5th edition was “Planning for multimodal cities”.

Discussions revolved around (i) the overarching policy framework for SUMPs, (ii) the revision of the European Commission’s SUMP guidelines, (iii) the implementation and roll-out of SUMPs and (iv) the local and regional context conditions.

A session co-organized by MobiliseYouCity was dedicated to Eastern Europe. Representatives from Tirana, Sarajevo, Hradrec Kralove, Budapest, Pristina, Palanga, Skopje, Podgrica, Belgrade and Lviv presented the reasons leading their city to engage in the topic of SUMPs, the key measures envisioned and the main challenges for implementation of SUMPs.

Another session was animated by the GoSUMP project to present the projects of the « Med Urban Transports” Community and to transfer their innovative planning approaches from Mediterranean area.


Session co-organized by MobiliseYouCity dedicated to SUMP in Eastern Europe

Session animated by the GoSUMP project to present the projects of the « Med Urban Transports” Community












In the exhibition area, the stands of the GoSUMP and MobiliseYouCity projects also allowed for many exchanges with the participants of the conference.










Learn more :

– Access to all presentations on the conference website

Twitter Hashtag #SUMP2018

MobiliseYourCity @ ClimateChanceAfrica 2018 in Abidjan / Ivory Coast

Training beneficiary cities and countries in calculating GHG emissions in urban mobility

Key figures :

1 full day seminar organised by the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat with 25 representatives from cities and African countries involved in the Partnership on the calculation of GHG emissions in urban mobility (June 27th 2018)

2 days of African Summit gathering non-state actors invovled in the fight against climate change in Abidjan

7 nationalities represented at the seminar MobiliseYourCity

10 thematic workshops to define roadmaps to fight against climate change in Africa, including 1 workshop animated by CODATU and PPMC on the decarbonisation of transport in Africa.

+ 500 participants at the Climate Chance Summit from more than 40 different countries to coalesce and propose concrete solutions in terms of mitigation and adaptation to climate change.


The third edition of the Climate Chance summit took place on June 28th and 29th 2018 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The ambition of this summit was to bring together the community of non-state actors from all over Africa (communities, companies, NGOs, unions, the scientific community, young people …) engaged in the fight against climate change and their associated networks. Ten African action coalitions met in thematic workshops to highlight good practices, inspiring climate action projects in Africa, and worked on operational thematic roadmaps for the African context.


As a continuation of Climate Chance 2017 in Agadir, Morocco, the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat organised a seminar prior to this summit to bring together members of the MobiliseYourCity Africa community of practice. This seminar helped strengthen the capacities of the beneficiary partners on a key method of sustainable transport planning: the MRV (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) approach on greenhouse gas emissions. Experts have intervened to train the representatives of the cities and beneficiary countries on this subject and to present the Greenhouse gas emission calculation tool which is under development and will be available in the coming months to be used by the beneficiary cities of the Partnership.



Throughout the day, the 25 participants from Cameroon, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia, Morocco, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast have adopted the approach proposed by MobiliseYourCity to measure greenhouse gas emissions in urban mobility in order to better understand this important topic and implement it in their respective cities / countries.

The seminar was also an opportunity to present the progress of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in the cities of Rabat, Yaoundé, Douala and Dakar supported by MobiliseYourCity and to discuss the topic of digital in sustainable urban mobility and its planning.




On the occasion of the closing reception of the seminar, the Chair of the Steering Committee Paulina Potemski delivered the partnership certificate to the mayor of the city of Ouagadougou who recently joined the Partnership.

On the left, Mrs. Paulina Potemski, President of the Steering Committee of the MobiliseYourCity Partnership, in the middle Mr. Armand Beouinde Mayor of the city of Ouagadougou and on the right, Mr. Ronan Dantec Senator of Loire Atlantique and President of the Climate Chance Association.





On June 29th, CODATU, a founding member of the Partnership, co-hosted a workshop on sustainable urban transport in African cities with PPMC (Paris Partnership on Mobility and Climate).

This participatory workshop has been extremely productive in developing concrete solutions to improve mobility in African countries and reduce the sector’s GHG emissions.






A representative of MobiliseYourCity also spoke at the closing plenary of the Climate Chance Summit to present, together with the representative of the city of Douala responsible for planning urban mobility, the results of the seminar. They also presented the GHG measurement tool for urban mobility as a contribution to cities’ efforts to combat climate change.







Finally, members of the Secretariat and the President of MobiliseYourCity Steering Committee met, at his request, Mr. Robert Beugré Mambé, Governor of the Autonomous District of Abidjan. This meeting with the highest authority shows the political involvement of the city and was the opportunity to officially hand over the MobiliseYourCity certificate to the Governor.

On the left, Mr Robert Beugré Mambé, Governor of the Autonomous District of Abidjan. On the right, Mrs. Paulina Potemski, president of the MobiliseYourCity Partnership.




Thus, these 3 days have really made it possible to strengthen the capacities of the cities MobiliseYourCity in calculating GHG emissions, to strengthen the links between the representatives, to support the community of practice MYC Africa, and finally to register the initiative and its actors in African cities in mobilising non-state actors against climate change.

Working Group at the Transport Workshop, Climate Chance Summit, June 29 2018

The next edition of Climate Chance Africa will take place in Accra, Ghana, in 2019.

MobiliseYourCity @ ClimateChanceAfrique 2018 à Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire)

Former les villes et pays bénéficiaires au calcul des émissions de GES dans la mobilité urbaine

Quelques chiffres :

1 journée de séminaire organisée par le Secrétariat de MobiliseYourCity avec 25 représentants des villes et pays africains impliqués dans le Partenariat sur le calcul des émissions de GES dans la mobilité Urbaine (le 27 juin 2018)

2 jours de Sommet africain des acteurs non étatiques impliqués dans la lutte contre le changement climatique réunis à Abidjan (les 28 et 29 juin 2018)

7 nationalités représentées lors du séminaire MobiliseYourCity

10 Ateliers thématiques pour définir des feuilles de route pour lutter contre le changement climatique en Afrique, dont 1 animé par CODATU et PPMC sur la décarbonation du transport en Afrique

+ 500 participants au Sommet Climate Chance venus de plus de 40 pays différents pour se coaliser et proposer des solutions concrètes en matière d’atténuation comme d’adaptation au changement climatique


La troisième édition du sommet Climate Chance a eu lieu les 28 et 29 juin 2018 à Abidjan, en Côte d’Ivoire. L’ambition de ce sommet était de rassembler la communauté d’acteurs non-étatiques de toute l’Afrique (collectivités, entreprises, ONG, syndicats, communauté scientifique, jeunes…) engagés dans la lutte contre le changement climatique ainsi que leurs réseaux associés. Dix coalitions d’action africaine se sont réunies en ateliers thématiques pour mettre en lumière les bonnes pratiques, les projets inspirants d’action climatique en Afrique, ce qui a permis de travailler sur des feuilles de route thématiques opérationnelles pour le contexte africain.


Dans la continuité du séminaire Climate Chance 2017 à Agadir au Maroc, le Secrétariat MobiliseYourCity a organisé en amont de ce sommet un séminaire pour rassembler les membres de la communauté de pratiques Afrique de MobiliseYourCity. Ce séminaire a permis de renforcer les capacités des partenaires bénéficiaires sur une méthode clé de la planification durable des transports : la démarche MRV (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) sur les émissions de Gaz à Effet de Serre. Des experts sont intervenus pour former les représentants des villes et pays bénéficiaires à ce sujet et présenter l’outil de calcul des émissions de Gaz à Effet de Serre qui est en cours de développement et sera disponible dans les prochains mois pour être utilisé par les villes bénéficiaires du Partenariat.


Tout au long de la journée, les 25 participants venus du Cameroun, Sénégal, Togo, Tunisie, Maroc, Burkina Faso et Côte d’Ivoire se sont appropriés l’approche proposée par MobiliseYourCity en matière de mesure des émissions de Gaz à Effet de Serre dans la mobilité urbaine pour mieux cerner ce sujet capital et le mettre en œuvre dans leurs villes/pays respectifs.

Le séminaire a également été l’occasion de présenter l’avancée des Plans pour la Mobilité Urbaine Soutenable dans les villes de Rabat, Yaoundé, Douala et Dakar soutenues par MobiliseYourCity et d’échanger sur le sujet du digital dans la mobilité urbaine soutenable et sa planification.



A l’occasion de la réception organisée en clôture du séminaire, la présidente du Comité de Pilotage Paulina Potemski a remis le certificat de partenariat au maire de la ville de Ouagadougou qui récemment rejoint le Partenariat.

A gauche, Mme. Paulina Potemski présidente du comité de Pilotage du Partenariat MobiliseYourCity, au milieu Mr. Armand Beouinde maire de la ville de Ouagadougou et à droite, Mr. Ronan Dantec sénateur de Loire Atlantique et président de l’association Climate Chance.





Le 29 juin, CODATU, membre fondateur du Partenariat a co-animé avec PPMC (Paris Partnership on Mobility and Climate) l’atelier sur le transport urbain durable dans les villes africaines.

Cet atelier participatif s’est révélé extrêmement productif pour faire émerger des solutions concrètes destinées à améliorer la mobilité dans les pays africains et réduire les émissions de GES du secteur.





Un représentant de MobiliseYourCity est également intervenu en plénière de clôture du Sommet Climate Chance pour présenter, aux côtés de la représentante de la ville de Douala en charge de la planification de la mobilité urbaine, les résultats du séminaire. Ils ont également présenté l’outil de mesure des émissions de GES de la mobilité urbaine comme contribution aux efforts des villes à la lutte contre le changement climatique.






Enfin, les membres du Secrétariat et la présidente du COPIL MobiliseYourCity ont rencontré, à sa demande, Mr Robert Beugré Mambé, Gouverneur du District Autonome d’Abidjan. Cette rencontre avec la plus haute autorité montre l’implication politique de la ville et a été l’occasion de remettre officiellement le certificat MobiliseYourCity au Gouverneur.

A gauche, Mr Robert Beugré Mambé, Gouverneur du District Autonome d’Abidjan. A droite, Mme. Paulina Potemski, présidente du Partenariat MobiliseYourCity.





Ainsi, ces 3 jours ont véritablement permis de renforcer les capacités des villes MobiliseYourCity en matière de calcul des émissions de GES, de renforcer les liens entre les représentants, de faire vivre la communauté de pratique MYC Afrique, et enfin d’inscrire l’initiative et ses acteurs dans les villes africaines dans la mobilisation des acteurs non-étatiques contre le changement climatique.

Groupe de travail à l’atelier Transport du Sommet Climate Chance Afrique, le 29 juin 2018

La prochaine édition de Climate Chance Afrique aura lieu à Accra, Ghana, en 2019.