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About MYC

  1. What is MYC?
  2. What are the objectives of MYC?
  3. How does MYC work?
  4. What are specific outputs of MYC?
  5. Who is funding the initiative?
  6. Who can join?
  7. Why should I join?
  8. What are the criteria to have my project funded by MYC?
  9. How to join?
  10. What is special about MobiliseYourCity?

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About MYC

Q1: What is MYC?

MobiliseYourCity (MYC) is an open international partnership created by the French and German governments that supports national and local governments in developing countries in the planning of sustainable urban mobility to develop more inclusive, liveable and economically efficient cities and reduce GHG emissions.

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Q2: What are the objectives of MYC?

Transport of people and goods causes 28% of all energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in the world. With an increase of approximately 70% until 2050 if nothing is done, it is the fastest growing GHG source. In addition to that, it is estimated that in 2050, 70% of the global population will live in cities. Today, about 1.3 million people die due to traffic accidents each year whereas the urban population is by far most vulnerable. Improving transport systems is key to achieve several UN Sustainable Development Goals (access to markets and education, air quality, equal opportunities, etc.). Significant transformational investments that amount trillions of dollars are needed over the next decades for investment in urban mobility infrastructure, especially in the rapidly growing cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

MYC has been designed as a global initiative to tackle the above mentioned challenges and achieve the following objectives:

  • Accelerate implementation of sustainable urban mobility through better planning
  • Improve economic competitiveness and livability in cities worldwide by developing a more urban mobility for people and goods
  • Improve urban mobility systems to deliver positive results in terms of climate change mitigation and poverty alleviation
  • Strengthen inclusive and participatory urban mobility planning and related policies at local and national levels
  • Reduce transport related GHG emissions in cities involved in the initiative by at least 50% by 2050
  • Cooperate with other cities, donors, and further stakeholders and support interactive exchange among each other

The initiative ambitions to have at least 100 cities and 40 countries involved by 2020.

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Q3: How does MYC work?

MYC works with its partner countries and cities focusing on three main work streams:

  1. Strengthening cities in their ambition to developing sustainable urban transport by implementing National Urban Mobility Policies and Programmes ( NUMP).
  2. Taking consolidated action on the local level by developing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP).
  3. Establishing solid financing schemes for sustainable urban mobility.

The initiative is organised along four components:

  • Component 1: MYC Management and coordination (incl. outreach)
  • Component 2: Methodological framework
  • Component 3: Capacity Development & international learning
  • Component 4: Development of SUMP, NUMP and financing schemes

There are three different modes of participation within the initiative. Check the details on question 6.

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Q4: What are specific outputs of MYC?

By 2020, MYC will engage at least 100 cities in deep transformational actions through the implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) supported by National Urban Mobility Policies and Programmes (NUMP) in at least 40 countries worldwide. To achieve this objective, MYC cooperates with a coalition of international partners (development agencies, urban and transport planning agencies, NGOs and development banks) and provides a methodological framework, capacity building, technical assistance, as well as access to financing at both local and national levels.

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Q5: Who is funding the initiative?

During the Pilot Phase (2016-2018), the founding partners (CODATU, GIZ, AFD, CEREMA, ADEME) and supporting governments and institutions (France, through MTES and FFEM, Germany, through BMUB, European Union, through DEVCO) provide the initial funding for the initiative. In the course of the initiative, further MYC partners are meant to join the open, multi-donor initiative and raise additional funds to scale up efforts and impacts in a second phase of implementation.

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Q6: Who can join?

There are three modes of participation, depending on your status. Local authorities and national governments can join as Beneficiaries or Knowledge and network partners, while institutions and networks should join as Knowledge and network partners, and dedicated agencies and potential donors would join us as Contributors.

They are direct donors or implementing agencies with delegated funds, supporting the realisation of activities under the initiative through financial or in-kind contributions.

Contributors will have to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a non-profit organization or a governmental body.
  • Attribute a financial contribution of minimum 1 million Euro or in-kind support with a minimum value of 1 million Euro to the initiative.

They are local authorities and national governments from developing countries and emerging economies, engaging in sustainable urban mobility who have signed the partnership agreement. Beneficiaries benefit from funding or in-kind technical assistance and can participate in capacity-building formats under the initiative.

Subnational governments and local authorities will have to meet the following eligibility criteria in order to be able to apply to become beneficiaries:

  • Be located in a Non-Annex 1 country according to the UNFCCC
  • Accommodate a minimum of 100.000 inhabitants
  • Provide co-financing (financially and/or in-kind) to SUMP/NUMP development
  • Set up an internal MYC team with local staff.

National governments will not be screened for eligibility criteria.

They are local authorities and/or national governments from developed or developing countries, as well as institutions and networks supporting the initiative by means of knowledge exchange and networking.

Knowledge and networking partners must follow an overall non-profit approach.

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Q7: Why should I join?

In general, partners benefit from the following MYC features:

  • Access to a wide International Community of Practice (CoP): MYC works towards initiating a vivid dialogue between practitioners engaging in the transformation of urban mobility by means of NUMP and SUMP (e.g. national government officials and local authority experts from developed as well as developing countries, institutions or cooperation agencies). The CoP  will facilitate the exchange of experience and best practices among practitioners in order to improve existing strategies and policies
  • Visibility: The initiative will improve the visibility of the efforts made in transforming urban mobility towards a sustainable development path on a global scale. Following the initiative’s code of conduct, the activities carried out within the initiative assure high quality standards
  • Technical guidance: MYC will act as a knowledge management- and expert dialogue platform on sustainable urban mobility planning, providing target-group and problem-oriented information to MYC members, as well as the development of specific support packages on SUMP and NUMP key elements, MRV methodology, and financing
  • Funding and technical assistance: Local authorities or national governments from developing countries may benefit from technical assistance under the initiative. These will be local authorities or national governments from developing countries. Specific benefits depend on individual arrangements with each partner. Technical support may be provided in the form of technical assistance by experts to help design SUMPs and NUMPs, carry on studies, build capacity, organise study tours, etc…

There are also more specific reasons to join MYC, depending on your potential status in the initiative, as detailed on question 6.

  • Technical assistance, funding and capacity building for the development of National Urban Mobility Policies and Programs (NUMP). Benefit from the mobilisation of a large network of experts.
  • Improve international visibility of your efforts in sustainable urban mobility (INDC, OECD, SDG etc) and be a motor for sustainable urban mobility in your region.
  • Increase vertical integration and possibility to work with cities.
  • Be part of the MYC club, a wide International Community of Practice (CoP) to exchange knowledge and lessons learned.
  • Increase attractiveness for international funding (holistic strategy).
  • Technical assistance, funding and capacity building for the development of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). Benefit from the mobilisation of a large network of experts.
  • Improve national and international visibility of your efforts in sustainable urban mobility (city marketing) and be a leader for sustainable urban mobility in your region.
  • Increase livability and prosperity by improving sustainable urban mobility.
  • Be part of the MYC club, a wide International Community of Practice (CoP) to exchange knowledge and lessons learned.
  • Increase attractiveness for international funding (holistic strategy).
  • High visibility of efforts and impacts on a global scale (global brand, events, broad global network of the initiative).
  • Our activities will generate an enabling environment for future urban mobility projects that will emerge from a sound, comprehensive and participatory mobility planning process.
  • Increase the impact of your contribution and reduce transaction costs of your projects by drawing on existing partner networks, networks of implementation agencies, and communication channels.
  • Improve the quality of your projects by accessing to best practices and lessons learned from a vivid Community of Practice (CoP). MYC methodologies and approaches are being continuously improved by lessons learned.
  • Strengthen bilateral international cooperation (between contributors and countries).
  • Join forces with a vivid Community of Practice (CoP) to develop a comprehensive approach for sustainable urban mobility.
  • Receive state of the art technical knowledge on urban mobility planning and exchange lessons learned.
  • Increase visibility and recognition of your efforts by joining a renowned international initiative with high quality standards and established communication channels (website, events, outreach material).
  • Increase your network and/or scope of activities and offer new information / activities to your network.

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Q8: What are the criteria to have my project funded by MYC?

Each MYC partner must be in line with MobiliseYourCity’s statutes and charter.

Eligibility criterias will depend of your status. Please see question 6 for details.

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Q9: How to join?

To learn more about the process to join MYC please check the dedicated page and contact us!

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Q10: What is special about MobiliseYourCity?

  • High impact by providing standardised (coherence and efficiency) but locally adapted (sustainability and effectiveness) tools, a broad network of local offices and established partner networks and by creating an enabling environment for investment projects in urban mobility.
  • High quality by long-term experience with urban mobility planning from projects all around the world and continuous improvement of MYC approaches through a vivid CoP that feeds back lessons learned to the development process.
  • Addressing the national and local levels at the same time through an holistic planning approach.
  • High visibility on the international level with a common brand with established communication and distribution channels.

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