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Increasing challenges – comprehensive solutions

In a rapidly changing world, mobility is key to sustainable development. Increasing economic, ecological and social aspirations of citizens worldwide, changing consumption and production patterns, and limited natural resources are driving innovation in the transport sector. Transport services and infrastructure are no longer seen as simple means of moving people and goods from A to B – but mobility and logistics are increasingly perceived as key agents of change.

A wide range of intractable problems such as polluting emissions, noise, deadly traffic accidents, resource depletion, and inaccessibility of amenities are directly linked to the current transport regimes. Developing countries and emerging economies are often more affected by these negative impacts than developed countries. In many developing countries, high transport costs and inaccessibility are hampering economic development and trade, air pollution related health problems are increasing, and around 1.3 million people die each year in road traffic accidents – the vast majority of them in developing countries.

Germany is a world leader in sustainable, innovative and efficient mobility Solutions. By gathering German knowledge and expertise, TUMI Friends makes a valuable contribution to the international dialogue on smart transportation and to sustainable development worldwide.

Sustainable Mobility – Made in Germany

“Sustainable Mobility – Made in Germany” stands for sustainable, proven, resource efficient, innovative, trustworthy and flexible solutions for all domains of mobility and logistics services.

Germany has a long history of successful changes and transformations in the transport sector – including

  • the re-emergence of walking and cycling as safe and viable modes of transit
  • the continual improvement of the public transport sector
  • the development of progressive regulations and planning methods
  • the development of efficient propulsion systems
  • the integration of different modes of transport, including multimodality in logistics
  • the establishment of comprehensive funding schemes

Academia, businesses, civil society and associations have gathered invaluable experiences and skills in framing these transformations.


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What we offer
  • “Sustainable Mobility – Made in Germany”
  • Platform for mobility and logistics knowledge exchange, concepts and expertise
  • Networking and professional connections between TUMI Friends and partners of German development cooperation
  • Access to German development cooperation services, in particular in the area of cooperation with the private sector
Initiated by

TUMI Friends results from the integration of the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility in the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), the leading global implementation initiative on sustainable mobility. TUMI Friends continues to be an initiative on behalf of the Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).