Transport Policy Advisory Services

Transport Policy Advisory Services
1998 - 2016
Funding agency: BMZ

The sector project Transport Policy Advisory Services provides advisory services to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on all aspects of transport and mobility in German development cooperation. For these advisory services, the sector project provides expertise on issues ranging from urban mobility to climate change mitigation & adaptation in the transport sector, rural transport, logistics and fuel price regulation. In addition, it supports the systematization and dissemination of information and knowledge on transport-related issues, with focus on transport and climate, energy efficiency and urban transport. This is done via websites, newsletters and trainings, with the latter comprising both on-site and e-learning courses. The flagship activity on sustainable urban transport is the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP), which was launched in cooperation with international partners. The sector project also supports the BMZ and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) in setting up the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility. In the Bridging the Gap and SLoCaT initiatives, the sector project works with a wide range of international partners on advancing the role of transport for climate protection and sustainable development in important international processes such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The sector project is based in Eschborn, Germany.


In the field of sustainable urban transport (on which this part of the project profile is focusing), the sector project has played in important role for shaping the guidelines of the Avoid, Shift, Improve approach: Avoid the need to travel, Shift to more environmentally friendly modes of transport, and Improve the efficiency of transport systems. This approach is also at the core of Sustainable Urban Transport Project. Its activities and services can be found here.


The series of publications ‘Sustainable Urban Transport: A Sourcebook for Policymakers in Developing Cities’ represents a comprehensive knowledge base, with material available in up to seven languages, depending on the subject. About 5,000 decision-makers and experts from partner countries have taken part in training events supported by the sector project on the topic of sustainable urban mobility. The ‘Avoid, Shift, Improve’ approach has now been taken up by experts and policymakers worldwide, and is at the heart of German development cooperation in the transport sector. Complementing the SUTP website, CAPSUT has emerged as a leading portal and guide to urban transport capacity development activities of a wide range of organizations worldwide.

Until November 2014, GIZ-SUTP conducted more than 140 courses that included nearly 5000 participants. Topics have varied from general issues such as Sustainable Urban Transport to specific issues such as Public Bike Schemes, Travel Demand Management, Planning for Mass Transit and Non-Motorized Transport systems, Financing Urban Transport, Mass Transit Options and Bus Rapid Transit Planning are a few to name.