Save the Date: 22-23 November 2018 – Eastern Africa Women in Transportation Conference

Save the date and join the flone initiative on November 22nd – 23rd in Nairobi for this first annual conference with transport workers, researchers and policy makers on how to support women in public transportation in the region!

Freedom of movement is a human right, yet public transportation is notoriously dangerous for women, children, people living with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. We believe in empowering women to create a more equitable and sustainable public transportation system for everyone!

Building on the amazing momentum created at the WomenMobilizeWomen Conference in Leipzig, Germany, Flone Initiative and partners are organizing an international dialogue on issues affecting women in transportation in Eastern Africa.

For more information about the conference, visit or email at

Discover our New TUMI Friends Web Tool


GIZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has developed the TUMI Friends Web Map as part of the TUMI Friends

The interactive online tool shows all TUMI Friends activities worldwide and is constantly being up-dated with our latest news. With the TUMI Friends web map we would like to encourage users to browse and discover our

  • Partners,
  • Events,
  • Actions and
  • Job Vacancies.

You find the Map here.

Women in Mobility: Innotrans Luncheon

Women in Mobility: Innotrans Luncheon

Within the international trade fair for transport technology (InnoTrans) female managers and experts of the transport sector (with focus on sustainable mobility) are invited to attend the third manager-, influencer-, and directors-summit.

The objective of the Luncheon is to visualize role models, evaluate on technical questions and to foster the exchange of experinces.

Prof. Dr. Sabina Jeschke, DB executive board of digitalization and technologies will give a keynote speech followed by a networking session with fingerfood. At 2pm participants have the opportunity to join the guided innovation tour through InnoTrans.

For further information, click here (available only in German).

19th September 2018

Upcoming Webinar: “(Reverse) Innovation” – Shared Mobility and New Mobility Services

Innovative shared mobility and new mobility services can be found in several emerging economies and developing countries. The growing accessibility of increasingly high-performing mobile devices connect services, providers and users. Against this background, traditional and sectoral models of transport services are increasingly supplemented by shared mobility and new mobility services. Peer-to-peer (P2P) car and bike sharing are important components of these new services. However, they are currently controversially discussed.

We are kindly inviting you to the webinar “Shared Mobility and New Mobility Services” on 31st of January 2018, from 13:00 to 14:15 (UTC+1).

This webinar will provide insights in the work of shared mobility providers from Egypt and China. It is inspired by the joint publication “Reverse Innovation – Rethinking Urban Transport through Global Learning” by GIZ on behalf of BMUB and the German Environment Agency. The launch of the publication in September 2017 in Berlin started the discussion on the potential of (reverse) innovation. You can download the publication here.

We primarily address interested professionals (from urban development, mobility as well as foundations, research institutions) and government representatives, who want to learn more about the innovative potential of emerging and developing countries in the field of mobility.

Upcoming: Webinar “Gender and Urban Transport”

Many people recognize transport as gender neutral – though in fact, it´s not! Gender is a transversal dimension of social life and impacts travel behaviour, patterns, needs and accesses. Women and men have different pre-conditions, needs and restrictions for using transport. This has to be taken into consideration for all transport planning and projects to adequately meet the demand and to assure that transport is efficient and sustainable.

Want to know more? We cordially invite you to join our next SUTP-Webinar on “Gender and Urban Transport” on Thursday, January 18th at 13:00 (UTC+1).

Heather Allen is an international consultant on the topic and will point at that “tiny little difference” when it comes to transport and examine disparities in transport requirements of men and women, and Sonal Shah, Senior Manager at ITDP India, will introduce a policy approach to women and transport in Indian cities along with the use of SafetiPin as an approach to improve security in transport.

Please click here to register for the webinar.

In this webinar, we will jointly explore how gender issues pursue sustainable urban mobility in very practical terms. You will learn about gender considerations in transport planning, design and operation and we will hear about safety and security aspects in transportation. In a dynamic session, participants will have the possibility for immediate questions.

For warming up, find out more on women and transport with our factsheet from the iNUA series, take a look at the SaftiPin application, or read our recent interview on women and cycling in India.

Yours sincerely,

the SUTP-Webinar-Team


Just as transportation systems define the structure of the city, gender defines the structure of society. Women face more restrictions to mobility, and their travel patterns differ from those of men due to their differences in needs and tasks, and also because they generally have less time available and access to resources. At the same time, women are in higher risk of being victim of crime and violence. Therefore, women have different requirements of transport systems and space, and these diverse perspectives need to be integrated into planning. Without this, transportation, planning and projects will not adequately meet demand.

Mayors as well as administrations play an essential role in making transport gender sensitive, and gender must be considered in all stages of the planning process: data collection, planning and design, implementation and monitoring. Key issues to be tackled are the support of women’s participation in decision-making, the improvement in accessibility, safety and comfort of transport modes and the planning of transport services in response to gender needs.

Not including gender in transport planning, design and operation leads to inefficiencies in the transport system, to economic disadvantage and limitation of potential.

To find out more about the specifics of gender in transport this webinar will share knowledge, examples and innovative ideas from around the globe for inclusive and safe transport.

Questions we will explore include:

  • What exactly are the differences in gender and transport use?
  • How can you measure and evaluate gender in transport?
  • What are good examples to learn from?
  • What does this mean for decision-makers?
  • What lessons can be learnt for other countries or regions?
  • Where can I get more information?


Heather Allen is an independent consultant with more than 20 years international of experience and is a highly regarded expert in gender, urban transport, sustainable development and climate change. She has worked at UITP, the International Association of Public Transport and with the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory’s Sustainable Transport Group. Since becoming an independent consultant, her projects include an international review of women’s personal security, gender and urban transport and a major study on this in three Latin American Cities (Buenos Aires, Quito and Santiago).

Sonal Shah is an architect and urban planner. Currently she is the Senior Manager of the Institute of Transportation and Development Policy, where she is guiding the urban planning and gender strategy, projects, research and capacity building initiatives. She has issued various publications on such topics, among others the Women and Urban Transport Policy Brief together with Safetipin. Prior to her current position, she has worked as an independent consultant, and a consultant for the Indian Institute for Human Settlements.

Discover our new TUMI Friends Web Tool

GIZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has developed the TUMI Friends Web Map as part of the TUMI Friends.

The interactive online tool shows all TUMI Friends activities worldwide and is constantly being up-dated with our latest news. With the TUMI Friends web map we would like to encourage users to browse and discover our

  • Partners,
  • Events,
  • Education Opportunities and
  • Job Vacancies.

You find the Map here.



New SUTP Factsheet Series – Implementing the New Urban Agenda (iNUA)

In October 2016, country and city representatives agreed on the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in Quito, which forms an ambitious baseline for sustainable urban development until 2030. GIZ-SUTP is contributing to the NUA by a new Factsheet Series. The series addresses mayors and practitioners, outlines strategies that are crucial for realizing the objectives of the NUA and provides very practical recommendations for heading forward.

The compact 4-page documents are designed in a way, that mayors and decision-makers can rapidly gain an overview on the rationale and the practicability of the presented tool, measure or strategic approach. This is followed by practical recommendations on how to initiate implementation and further selected sources on the specific issue.

The first SUTP iNUA Factsheet will focus on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans as a practical tool for identifying and shaping actions for sustainable mobility – oriented on high feasibility of implementation. SUMPs integrate well into overarching Urban Development Plans and strategies and follow an inclusive and participative approach.

Download  it here.

You like this fact sheet?
We are currently working on further Factsheets on cycling, road safety, gender-sensitive planning and other topics, so we recommend to regularly check our website for updates.


Public Transport – Queen of hearts

The problem with mobility is that everybody wants it with as little effort as possible. Motivation can run low in opting for public transport and this is an issue that needs to be addressed. Furthermore, popularity needs to grow if people are to change their habits and ultimately change the face of daily mobility.

An article appeared fairkehr in 2016 addressing motivating factors and illustrating how these have already been successfully implemented in some place. They are not farfetched or unrealistic and the examples included can be found in Germany and are applicable today in many places. To raise popularity simple solutions are suggested:

  • Make the system simple to use. It does not have to be free but ticketing can be used to one’s advantage: RMV has introduced E-Ticketing, Tübingen has a citizen’s card, and many cities have introduced Tourist Tickets. Introducing target group ticketing has two advantages: making mobility cheaper and making it easier to use on a wider scale.
  • Make the system convenient. Connections are vital for gaining commuters. Where direct connections cannot be made, focus needs to be given to multimodal points of transfer. Rheinland-Pfalz has implemented a state-wide interval timetable. Leipzig has concentrated on multimodal combinations between public transport and cycling stations, for private and sharing systems.
  • Make the system accessible. Accessibility takes shape in many forms. For people with any disabilities and barriers in personal mobility it is even more important to be able to guarantee access. Making stations, stops and vehicles accessible for all assures mobility and satisfaction for all customers (e.g. the vehicles in use by Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe DVB). This also includes seniors, families and children. Additionally, as in all relationships, communication is key. The communication with customers must be open and available: signs, apps, publications. All have shown to be successful at developing interest and maintaining good relationship.
  • Make the system ever-present. Presence of mobility aside from personal cars can be a tough one to address in smaller and rural communities and even more so as evening turns to night. Low customer numbers are not an excuse to take the opportunity of mobility from them. Creative solutions can be found. Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund (MDV) has introduced minimum intervals of 2 hours, even into the evening and so expanding their services beyond education commuters. The municipality Uckermark in Brandenburg is running a combi-bus, which transports goods to supplement low customer numbers.
  • Last but not least, don’t forget that good spirits make dedicated public transport users. Bogestra has introduced customer carers to fulfill this purpose.

Good public transportation needs to be many things, but what we have learned from the points above is that puplic transportation needs to be liked. It cannot be a chore. It cannot be the most tedious part of the day. Using multimodal and public transportation needs to become as routine to daily life as getting ready in the morning. On this path of motivation seemingly complicated issues can be addressed through simple solutions and commitment.

For the original article and a fun info-graphic (both in German) click here.

Less people die in traffic

The number of traffic fatalities in Germany is at a record low. Last year as few people have died on German streets as has not been the case since 1953. But still: In 2016, 396.666 road users were injured. A total number of 3206 died as a result of an accident which is a decrease of 253 deaths (10.9%) compared to 2015. Since 1970, when the number of deadly accidents was around 21.000, the count steady went down only with diverting exceptions (Between 2014 and 2015 the number of accidents increased again slightly). The development is all the more pleasing because although the stock of registered automobiles has more than doubled.

The promising development has several reasons including transportation regulations like the introduction of helmet, belt and child seat compulsion, speeding limits in- and outside of towns, improved vehicle technology and safety, road building measures and increased enforcement. The main reasons of road accidents with damage to persons on German roads are insufficient distance, speeding, inobservance of right of way, wrong behavior to cyclists and pedestrians and drunk driving. The total number of accidents 2016, whether people were injured or not, is 2,585,191 which is 0.8 % less than officials recorded in 2015. The German Government set a goal for 2020 to lower the count of traffic related deaths by about 40%. The European Union aims to bisect the traffic deaths in Europe by 2020.


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Better Air Quality Conference 2018

Better Air Quality Conference 2018
14.11.2018, Kuching, Malaysia

Malaysia has been confirmed as the host of Clean Air Asia’s 10th Better Air Quality (BAQ) Conference in 2018. The signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on September 14 with next year’s co-organizer, the Clean Air Forum Society of Malaysia (MyCAS), officially kicked off the preparations for Asia’s largest and most prestigious air quality gathering, to be held in Kuching City, Sarawak, in November 2018. Together, Clean Air Asia and MyCAS will convene the biennial event at the Sarawak Convention and Exhibition Centre, where at least 600 policymakers, practitioners and industry leaders will gather to develop solutions for cleaner air and livable cities.

For more information, click here

If you are interested in participating, please contact Levent Toprak:

14th-16th November 2018