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

Do you need a sustainable transport policy advisor? How about an expert in project management? Search no further because Armin Wager, with specialization in urban mobility, financing of infrastructure and international fuel prices, satisfies both. With over 15 years of experience within the inner workings of sustainable transport project management, Armin has firsthand experiences in Ukraine, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Syria, and brings these particular insights to his role as Senior Transport Policy Advisor at SUTP. When Armin is not designing, implementing or evaluating projects you may find him rushing through the hallways of GIZ where he leads the sector project, Sustainable Mobility.


        Manfred Breithaupt - Senior Transport Policy Advisor

Manfred Breithaupt elevated the level of commitment attributed to developing world cities’ and their achievement of sustainable transport goals when he founded SUTP in 2001 with precisely this aim. In addition to leading the project’s resource, capacity building and policy advice activities for 13 years, Manfred edited the Sourcebook on Sustainable Urban Transport, authored 60 modules, technical documents and case studies, and designed various training packages. With undoubtedly vast experience in transport planning, sector financing, commercialization, institutional development and transport sector policy and restructuring, Manfred is an invaluable asset to the SUTP team and expert in its capacity building endeavors.


        Daniel Moser - Transport Policy Advisor

Daniel Moser’s motivation to foster innovation and expand sustainable urban mobility initiatives internationally has led him to his current position as Advisor for the Sustainable Mobility Sector Project at GIZ and Management Head of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI). By gaining international working experience in companies and NGOs of all scales, in Brazil with the Terramar Institute, Bangladesh with the Grameen Bank and in Belgium with ThyssenKrupp, Daniel strengthened his inter-cultural competence and the ability to renovate management projects in diverse contexts. These capacities were tested, and confirmed, when he successfully founded his own start-up in Project Design and Market Research. Most recently, Daniel led the ‘Mobility and Transport’ at Greenpeace, focusing on smart mobility solutions, livability and the sharing economy.


 Frederic Tesfay - Project Manager

Frederic Tesfay is a Project Manager focused on project implementation who has been with GIZ for nearly 8 years. A Mechanical Engineer by education, Frederic immediately went into project management within the field of construction; having worked two years in USA and a further five years for GIZ in Africa. After developing a strong focus on monitoring and controlling, he then successfully began managing a variety of projects in the field of technical education and capacity building for the GIZ in Asia.

Thru his personal and professional cultural experiences, he has gained understanding of the cultural intricacies, which are a factor in his past success. Frederic joined the Sustainable Mobility Project in May 2018 and is working hard to support the successful execution of projects and advancement of Sustainable Mobility Projects.


         Lena Stiller - Transport Policy Advisor

Lena is an experienced public policy consultant and project manager. Before coming to GIZ she worked in a public policy consultancy in Berlin, advising a wide range of stakeholders on regulatory issues, focusing on energy, transport and mobility. She studied political sciences, public administration and economics at University of Potsdam and Science Po Paris and holds a master’s degree in International Peace and Security from King’s College London. She previously worked at the United Nations headquarter in Geneva and has taught public policy consulting at the Berlin School of Economics and Law.



        Kristina Kebeck - Transport Policy Advisor

Kristina is an experienced transport geographer and committed transport mobility advisor, evident from her almost 15 years of work experience in the field. She has been involved in different companies and institutions in Germany and abroad, focusing on the multidimensional approach to sustainable transport. Kristina specializes in the strengthening of knowledge sharing and exchanges with universities, and pushes forward the topic of gender and transport in international dialogues. Before joining GIZ in 2015, she was part of the interdisciplinary research team for sustainable mobility and coordinated the international master program, Transportation Systems, at the Technische Universität München. She has worked for a German NGO on the topic of energy efficiency in the transport sector as well as on transport- and climate policies at EU-level. Kristina led a sustainable resource management project in Australia where she encouraged locals to adapt resources-saving, sustainable behaviors. She uses these experiences today in her current contributions to the SUTP Team and its capacity building efforts.


         Linus Platzer - Transport Policy Advisor

Eager to actively shape the transformative issues of our time, Linus Platzer has studied and worked at the intersection of urban social systems, climate change, and mobility. He graduated with a dual bachelor’s from the universities of Muenster and Twente, and received a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University, focusing on energy and sustainability policy. Before joining the SUTP team in Fall 2018, he gained experience at several NGOs, research institutions and local governments in Germany, USA, Argentina, and South Korea. Linus brings in strategic thinking and awareness for organizational sustainability to contribute to the exciting future of mobility. He is passionate about moving people towards human-scale and effective institutional solutions for a sustainable future, of which biking and sharing are just two daily exercises.



        Jan Rickmeyer - Transport Policy Advisor

In 2017, and with one decade of experience in transport planning, Jan Rickmeyer joined the Sustainable Mobility sector of GIZ where he is responsible for sustainable transport policy counseling on local, regional and international levels. Jan is well connected and deeply embedded within development cooperation missions and international sustainable mobility projects through his experiences in various positions such as the Cycling Coordinator of the City of Leipzig, Project Manager for European Union projects Central MeetBike and DEMO EC, and associate for CycleCities and MOVCIT projects. These experiences, along with his support of organizations like the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in Russia and Connective Cities Initiative in Thailand and the Philippines, have built upon his passion for cycling with hands-on contributions to strategic cycling development initiatives and integration of non-motorized transport within Germany and internationally.


  Verena Flues - Transport Policy Advisor

Verena Flues gained a degree in Political Science and specialization in Environmental Politics from the University Sciences Po in Paris and National Autonomous University in Mexico City. She gained valuable experience in the fields of waste, energy and biodiversity conservation at the German Ministry for the Environment and different civil society organizations. As an advisor focusing on cycling, public transport and transport budget allocation at Greenpeace Mexico, she gained the enthusiasm for sustainable urban mobility that continues to drive her work within the Sustainable Transport Team of GIZ today. Since joining the SUTP team in April 2017, Verena has contributed to its capacity development and utilized her intercultural, language and didactical skills to strengthen its methodological approach. In her free time, she is actively engaged in social movements for the fossil-fuel phase-out.


        Levent Toprak - Transport Policy Advisor

Levent Toprak is a graduated social scientist of technology with a focus on innovation. He first gained experience in innovation and transport at Daimler AG, Research & Development, Society and Technology Research Group in Berlin. He expanded upon his knowledge of smart mobility when he joined the Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ), and supported the innovation activities of the Deutsche Bahn. In this role, he was responsible for realizing innovative concepts and managing various partners from the fields of science, politics, economics and academics at EUREF-Campus in Berlin. Levent now applies his 6 years of experience in innovative mobility projects to a more international framework within the Sustainable Mobility Project at GIZ.


        Martin Schäfer - Transport Policy Advisor

Educated as an economist, geographer and mobility expert in Germany, Romania and France, Martin Schäfer gained specific experience in international cooperation working for KfW Development Bank and their urban mobility portfolios in Frankfurt and India. His interest in urban mobility led him to Germany’s capital where he worked as a consultant for companies and governments to bridge the gap between transport systems and climate change. His current role within GIZ’s Sustainable Mobility Sector draws upon this knowledge to contribute to electric bus mobility and integration. Martin’s support to the SUTP project and its partners in knowledge sharing of lessons learnt and best practice is a valuable asset to the team’s capacity building and international exchange objectives.


        Sophia Sünder - Transport Policy Advisor

After attaining experience in the United Nations in Geneva, the German Embassy in Bulgaria, the German Ministry for Infrastructure of Rhineland-Palatinate and the German television channel ZDF, Sophia Sünder was warmly welcomed to the Transport & Mobility Team in the autumn of 2016. Since then, she has been utilizing her master’s degree in Political Science from King’s College London and years of focus on communication, public relations, project management and cooperation with international partners to support the SUTP Team in the field of communications and engagement


        Gabriela Bachmeier - Office Manager

Gabi Bachmeier has been the Office Manager of the GIZ Transport Team in Eschborn since April 2016. Before this, Gabi worked in an engineering office that focused on transportation and infrastructure on the international level. She is happy to be involved with the mitigation of climate action and promotion of transport projects worldwide. Her contributions to team planning, logistics and moral are an invaluable asset. Her life moto: Save gasoline, ride a bike!

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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