Frequently Asked Questions
about mobility planning and MobiliseYourCity

Frequently Asked Questions

   

 

Frequently Asked Questions

About MobiliseYourCity

  1. What are specific outputs of MobiliseYourCity ? 
  2. What is the Partnership’s interface with investments and financial assistance ? 
  3. How does the Partnership adop in its advisory approach new transport technologies, electro mobility, and digital technologies ?
  4. Who can join the Partnership ?
  5. What does it mean becoming a Partner in MobiliseYourCity ?
  6. How to join and how long does it take that our application gets accepted ?
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Q1: What are specific outputs of MobiliseYourCity?

   

 

Q1: What are specific outputs of MobiliseYourCity?

MobiliseYourCity connects with cities and national governments in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America to work on deep transformational actions in the urban context, specifically to advance mobility infrastructure and services. That is particularly accomplished through formulation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) at city level and National Urban Mobility Policies and Investment Programs (NUMPs). Such upstream project preparation leads to concrete investment planning and downstream project implementation. Furthermore, planning is complemented by Capacity Development (i.e. trainings, peer-to-peer exchange, conferences etc.) for related partner institutions, sector stakeholders and people involved. It needs to be emphasized, that advisory work supported by MobiliseYourCity does not only target at preparation of studies, but comprises of a complex set of interventions, including substantial dialogues across relevant stakeholder groups, and making use of extensive participation of the civil society and the private sector, in order to broadly anchor developments plans in society and administration. This is understood by all Partners as key to enable subsequent implementation.

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Q2: What is the Partnership’s interface with investments and financial assistance?

   

 

Q2: What is the Partnership’s interface with investments and financial assistance?

Within the MobiliseYourCity Partnership, Contributing Partners such as the European Commission and the National Governments of France and Germany implement official development assistance (and funds beyond) in the fields of urban development / energy efficiency / protection of the global climate etc. The MobiliseYourCity Partnership predominantly renders technical assistance, and functions as incubator for financial assistance. Financial assistance is understood to be a key factor for accomplishing substantial transformation effects (i.e. through large scale investments into sustainable mass-transport systems, establishment of high-quality mobility services etc.). However, particularly in the field of urban mobility in emerging and developing countries, bankable investment projects are scarce and disbursement of financial assistance is a challenge. Often, project ideas exist, but economic viability, institutional responsibilities, and project management capacity are not sufficiently aligned. To respond on such situations, MobiliseYourCity engages with upstream advisory support to prepare over assistance periods of 3-4 years investment pipelines, which may subsequently been taken up by development banks for financing support, e.g. in terms of project-based lending or policy-based lending. MobiliseYourCity is closely linked with development banks from Europe (EBRD), France (AFD), and Germany (KfW) as its Contributing Partners. By that means, early alignment of planning and expectations can be sought from the beginning of each individual technical support program until its completion and hand-over to one or more banks. Further coordination link to other development banks assist via our Contributing Partners e.g. with WORLDBANK, EIB, ADB, AfDB, CAF, IsDB, IADB etc.

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Q3: How does the Partnership adopt in its advisory approach new transport technologies, electric mobility, and digital technologies?

   

 

Q3: How does the Partnership adopt in its advisory approach new transport technologies, electric mobility, and digital technologies?

Mobility technologies and user behavior patterns have been changing rapidly. MobiliseYourCity and its several Contributing Partners cooperate with a large variety of different expert institutions, think tanks, consultancies and technology providers across the globe, in order to adopt most useful, state-of-the-art, and still proven solutions in our advisory offer to Beneficiaries. Emphasis is been put on tapping in our advisory work on the transformational effects arising from such new technologies. On the technology side, we monitor trends, apply products, and advise on regulatory framework conditions in our partner cities and countries both with respect to innovative technologies in transport planning (e.g. app-based data collection, transport modelling software, etc.) as well as to transport management & operations (e.g. transport information systems, traffic control systems, integrated public transport ticketing, app-based parking management etc.). Strong advisory demand from our Beneficiary Partners stems from increasing trends towards alternative fuels and electric mobility related to public transport and private vehicles. That includes questions related to regulating taxation and subsidies, incentivizing fleet renewal, advancing charging infrastructure, etc. We accommodate such advisory demand in our advisory offer ‘SUMPs’ and ‘NUMPs’ tailored to the individual needs of our Partners. Generally, MobiliseYourCity does not position itself in favor of any specific technology option, but rather offers technology neutral advice, and accommodates the individual cultural or other preferences of our Beneficiaries in any technology or system choice.

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Q4: Who can join the Partnership?

   

 

Q4: Who can join the Partnership?

The MobiliseYourCity Partnership brings together various types of partners in developed countries, emerging and developing countries, the EU neighborhood as well as supranational partners. The modes of participation can be distinguished in following three different partner categories:
  • Contributing Partners
  • Beneficiary Partners
  • Knowledge & Network Partners
 
Contributing Partners Either direct donors or not-for-profit organizations / implementing agencies with substantial delegated funds, which implement assistance / support-programs immediately aligned with MobiliseYourCity Partnership branding (with technical relevancy in relation to the MobiliseYourCity methodical framework), as well as those organizations, which were directly involved in founding the Partnership (i.e. ADEME, AFD, Cerema, CODATU and GIZ). Contributors facilitate the realization of activities under the Partnership through financial or in-kind contributions (significant logistics and/or human resources).
  • Entry criteria: Entry threshold of EUR 1M total budget/contract value for technical assistance activities, which is aligned with MobiliseYourCity, i.e. using methodological tools, outreach/logo, aggregated reporting, etc.; it needs to be emphasized, that the actual implementation and disbursement of such budgets always remains with the individual Contributing Partner organization, respectively its commissioned implementing agency; there is no sharing of budgets foreseen within the MobiliseYourCity Partnership. Validation as partner subject to discretion of the MobiliseYourCity Steering Committee (SC).
  • Rights connected to the partnership status: Seat in the MobiliseYourCity Steering Committee to directly engage in strategic steering of the Partnership as well as in dialogue with donors; exchange with other partners on complementary support and utilization of each other’s results in beneficiary partner countries & cities; utilization of the MobiliseYourCity brand for outreach.
  • Permanent obligations: No fee foreseen. All Partners are obliged to act in line with the MobiliseYourCity Declaration and this Charter and related process documents maintained by the MAC. There is expectation that Contributing Partners actively engage regionally and internationally in dialogues within the Community of Practice, refer to MobiliseYourCity in their own outreach activities and make speakers or representatives available to MobiliseYourCity event coordination, where suitable. It is expected that Contributing Partners maintain relevant activities and budgets aligned with MobiliseYourCity; for any support-program newly started under MobiliseYourCity brand umbrella (based on specific funding for that), it is expected that such programs shall contribute in a suitable and apportionate extent to the further subsistence and advancement of the Partnership (i.e. contributing to management & coordination, methodological framework advancement, management of the global Community of Practice, aggregated results monitoring etc.).
  • Remark: Urban mobility projects already commissioned at the time when a Contributing Partner joins MobiliseYourCity, and which shall become explicitly aligned with the MobiliseYourCity brand umbrella to qualify towards the in-kind contribution threshold of minimum EUR 1M, may be exempted by the Steering Committee from a contribution to the further subsistence and advancement of the Partnership for strategic reasons for a duration of 2 years. If no in-kind contribution is rendered by such Partners after that period, the case shall be reviewed and decided again by the next Steering Committee.
  • Application process: No standardized procedure. Applicant submits application letter to the Steering Committee (via MobiliseYourCity Secretariat), in which ambition is stated and suggested in-kind project contribution is explained. The MobiliseYourCity Steering Committee responds with approval or rejection at its own discretion during a next meeting.
 
Beneficiary Partners Beneficiary Partners comprise of countries and cities ambitious in the field of effectively developing sustainable urban mobility.
  • Entry criteria: National or local governments in emerging and developing countries or the EU neighborhood, which express a strong and substantial desire –born both by the political leadership as well as the responsible administration – to join a network of peers and to engage in a comprehensive strategic dialogue about urban mobility policy & planning, and to activate substantial sector investments as well as to tackle own relevant institutional and regulatory advancement (as stipulated in the “MobiliseYourCity Declaration” form). Furthermore, application to be compliant with provisions set forth in the document “Beneficiary Partnership Application Process”.
  • Advantages and rights connected to the partnership status: International “visibility” of their ambitions, progress and accomplishments; becoming part of MobiliseYourCity’s global and regional Community of Practices (web-based networking platform currently still in development); possibility to be considered for regional events and conferences; are provided with occasional updates about the development and activities of MobiliseYourCity; furthermore, the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat will attempt to identify funding for specific technical assistance on SUMPs, NUMPs or pilot projects and potentially financial assistance, if desired by a partner (no guarantee though; fund allocation is always an individual decision of any contributing partner).
  • Permanent obligations: No fee foreseen. All Partners are obliged to act in line with the MobiliseYourCity Declaration and this Charter and related process documents maintained by the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat. There is expectation that Beneficiary Partners actively engage regionally and internationally in dialogues within the Community of Practice, refer to MobiliseYourCity in their own outreach activities and make speakers or representatives available to MobiliseYourCity event coordination, where suitable. If specific technical assistance is provided under the Partnership umbrella, additionally a specific implementation agreement between the Beneficiary Partner and the responsible Contributing Partner may be established to specify mutual roles and responsibilities further.
  • Application process: As outlined in the separate document “Beneficiary Partnership Application Process”. Validation as partner subject to the Steering Committee´s discretion.
 
Knowledge & Network Partners Knowledge & Network Partners usually operate based on own funds (i.e. without any financial or commercial interest in partnering up with MobiliseYourCity) and actively contribute to MobiliseYourCity based on own resources, expertise and with their knowledge products driven by an own technical interest in mutual activities. Common contributions of Knowledge & Network Partners are e.g. workshops jointly organized, delivered and co-branded with the Partnership, publications jointly prepared, experts and staff participating/contributing/reviewing MobiliseYourCity outputs etc.
  • Entry criteria: Internationally or regionally operating or country-focused not-for-profit organizations, institutions, think tanks, affiliated technical assistance programs or other organizations associated with MobiliseYourCity. Submission of a duly signed application form, in which ambition to join is stated as well as suggested suitable fields of collaboration. Willingness to actively associate with the Partnership and to shape own outreach activities accordingly. Validation of Applications subject to the Steering Committee`s discretion.
  • Rights connected to the partnership status: No seat in the MobiliseYourCity Steering Committee, but Knowledge & Network Partners may be invited by SC for single attendance (in rotating pattern). Are provided occasional updates about the development and activities of MobiliseYourCity, have access to its global Community of Practice once in place, and may possibly participate and actively engage in capacity development activities to Beneficiary Partners.
  • Permanent obligations: No fee foreseen. All Partners are obliged to act in line with the MobiliseYourCity Declaration and this Charter and related process documents maintained by the MAC. There is expectation that Knowledge & Network Partners actively engage regionally and internationally in dialogues within the Community of Practice, refer to MobiliseYourCity in their own outreach activities and make speakers or representatives available to MobiliseYourCity event coordination, where suitable.
  • Application process: Applicant submits “Knowledge & Network Partner Application” (form) filled and signed at leadership level to the Steering Committee of the MobiliseYourCity Partnership (via MobiliseYourCity Secretariat), in which ambition is stated and in-kind project contribution or collaboration potential is explained.

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Q5: What does it mean becoming a Partner in MobiliseYourCity?

   

 

Q5: What does it mean becoming a Partner in MobiliseYourCity?

Partners from all categories may consider themselves as integral stakeholders of the Partnership and may take advantage as follows:
  • Access a wide International Community of Practice (in the sense of a technical dialogue platform and vivid practitioners’ forum to facilitate policy/strategy improvement, which is undertaken by the Partnership);
  • Access urban mobility documentation and knowledge resources generated in support-programs, and statistical mobility data gathered through the activities conducted within the Partnership, wherever feasible;
  • Access technical guidance, including e.g. an overview of existing guidelines and trainings, support packages on key elements of SUMP/NUMP, MRV methodology, and support on financing.
  • Coupling with twinning partners to enable international dialogue, peer-learning, knowledge exchange and lessons learned. Active involvement in the MobiliseYourCity partner community and knowledge exchange beyond a project duration;
  • Assuming sectoral strategic reputation and high visibility through the MobiliseYourCity Partnership, which undertakes comprehensive outreach activities.
  • Development assistance and project implementation support: Beneficiary Partners become visible with their specific ambitions in the field of sustainable urban mobility, and attention of donors may be generated to allocate funds for technical or financial assistance, to be rendered in the framework of the MobiliseYourCity Partnership by its Contributing Partners.
However: It shall be understood that validation of the Beneficiary Partner status with MobiliseYourCity does not guarantee any specific technical or financial assistance. Approval of development assistance is the individual responsibility of the several donor organizations engaged in the Partnership. Management and coordination functions within the Partnership as well as its overarching representation lies only with Contributing Partners.

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Q6: How to join and how long does it take that our application gets accepted?

   

 

Q6: How to join and how long does it take that our application gets accepted?

If you are a representative of a city or national government ministry, please read the following document and contact us to receive your individual set of application documents: Contact@MobiliseYourCity.net If you are a potential Contributing Partner or Knowledge & Network Partner, please write an email as well for further guidance! Partnership applications are reviewed by the Secretariat and subsequently presented to the next Steering Committee of MobiliseYourCity for validation. Please note that the Steering Committee meets approximately every 6 months. Therefore, depending on the timing of you submission, validation may take up to 6 months.

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