The challenge

Access to business, health, education and other basic services is becoming difficult in many developing cities due to a deteriorating transport environment. Also, worsening air and noise pollution, decreasing safety levels and overloaded transport systems are having a severe impact on the economy, social life and ecological conditions in a city. In many cases public transport systems and facilities for non-motorised transport users such as pedestrians and cyclists are particularly prone to negligence and under-funding. The urban poor who rely on these systems are seriously affected by this neglect and poor urban mobility management. Furthermore, transport problems are tending to worsen with economic development. Increasing motorisation is also leading to rising levels of harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, severely affecting the global climate.
Still, many developing cities exhibit a high population density, low levels of motorisation, relatively high public transport and bicycle usage, and generally mixed land uses. Such characteristics, while increasingly under the threat of rapid motorisation and urban sprawl, constitute a solid potential basis for sustainable urban development. Policy decisions today need to ensure that these cities retain these characteristics and keep or increase the share of sustainable transport modes.
To steer urban transport policy in a more sustainable direction, several challenges have to be tackled. In many cases, these challenges include:

  • Lack of appropriate information on good practice, innovative mobility solutions and data available to decision makers
  • Lack of appropriate capacity of staff on the municipal and national level to plan and implement sustainable transport projects
  • Lack of sufficient and sustainable funding to support the above
  • Low level of public participation in the formulation of urban transport strategies and car-oriented lifestyle of decision makers

This situation has reinforced the need for diffusion of information, capacity building and city assessment, and the need to compliment political will with technical expertise and know-how. It is to respond to these needs, that GIZ developed the Sustainable Urban Transport Project- SUTP on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Our activities and services

SUTP’s main objective is to assist developing world cities achieve their sustainable transport goals, through the dissemination of information about international experience, policy advice, training and capacity building and targeted work on sustainable transport projects within cities. The project started on 24 March 2003. It is hosted by Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Its offices are located in Eschborn, Germany and Delhi, India.
The main activities of the project include:

  • Resources: Developing and disseminating resources on all aspects of sustainable urban mobility, which includes the SUTP Sourcebook series, Case Studies and Technical Documents as well as photo and video galleries on urban mobility
  • Capacity building: Designing and conducting training courses for organizations in developing cities, and providing an online guide to available training courses of partner organizations
  • Policy advice and international exchange: Together with partners, GIZ-SUTP provides policy advice on sustainable urban transport and supports the international exchange on best practice and innovative solutions for urban mobility (e.g. by participating in conferences, workshops and other forms of international dialogue)

The guiding principles of SUTP are “Avoid, Shift, Improve” (A-S-I): Avoid the need to travel e.g. through smart land use planning, Shift to more sustainable modes of transport such as transit or cycling, and Improve the efficiency of vehicles and the transport system in general. The SUTP webpage is available in three langugages (English, Spanish, Chinese), while many documents prepared have been translated in as much as seven languages.

The SUTP-Team

        Armin WagnerSenior Transport Policy Advisor

Armin Wagner is Senior Transport Policy Advisor with more than 15 years of experience in designing, implementing and evaluating projects in the field of sustainable transport. His areas of specialization are sustainable urban mobility, financing of infrastructure and international fuel prices. In the SUTP team, he is taking care of policy development and project management. He has gained firsthand experiences by working in Ukraine, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Syria. Since 2013, Armin is heading GIZ’s sector project “Sustainable Mobility".


        Manfred Breithaupt - Senior Transport Policy Advisor

Manfred Breithaupt has initiated SUTP in 2001 and headed the project for 13 years. He created and has been the editor of the Sourcebook on Sustainable Urban Transport, meanwhile covering 60 modules, technical documents and case studies, as well as various training packages. His experience covers transport planning, transport sector policy and restructuring, sector financing, commercialisation and institutional development. Presently he works as a transport consultant and is member in various professional transport committees and bodies. He supports SUTP, mainly in the area of capacity building.


        Insa EekhoffTransport Policy Advisor

Insa Eekhoff is Transport Policy Advisor with GIZ and joined the SUTP team in 2013. She holds a master degree in Political Science (Master of Arts) from the Free University of Berlin and the Roskilde University Denmark. Apart from supporting the SUTP team in the fields of communications, capacity development and cooperation with international partners, Insa is mainly focusing on digital innovations in the field of sustainable urban mobility. This covers the usage of Big/Open Data, Tracking, Smart Mobility Solutions as well as impacts of new mobility services on social behavior. 


        Mathias MerforthTransport Policy Advisor

Mathias Merforth is a graduated transport economist and has been working for GIZ Transport & Mobility since 2013. In his work, he focuses on urban mobility planning, integrated transport systems and financing sustainable transport. He is the co-author and manager of various studies and publications of SUTP and the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility (GPSM), and supports dialogue formats for international cooperation in mobility & logistics.


        Jakob Baum - Transport Policy Advisor

Jakob is a transport planner and throughout advocate for sustainable urban mobility. Before joining GIZ in 2015, he worked as an independent mobility consultant to municipalities and private enterprises in the field of data-driven mobility advisory, bicycle planning and mobility management. Within the SUTP team, he thinks of new ways to use data for mobility planning and monitoring and helps to expedite the capacity building of SUTP.
Jakob holds a Master of Science of the Technical University of Berlin in transport system planning. He also studied psychology, civil engineering and urban studies at the University of California and the Free University of Berlin.


        Sophia Sünder - Transport Policy Advisor

Sophia Sünder is supporting the SUTP team especially in the field of communications since autumn 2016. She holds a masters degree in Political Science from King’s College London. Before joining the SUTP team, she has focused on communication, public relations, project management and cooperation with international partners, while working for the United Nations in Geneva, the German Embassy in Bulgaria, the German Ministry for Infrastructure of Rhineland-Palatinate or the German television channel ZDF. 

Our partners

SUTP is working closely with other GIZ projects implemented on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) , the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and others. An overview on partner projects implemented by GIZ can be found here. In addition, SUTP is working with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental partners. 

Partnerships established and being developed include (in alphabetical order):

Our activities in a nutshell: The SUTP flyer

Our activities in a nutshell: The SUTP flyer

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