Since being launched in December 2015 at COP21, the MobiliseYourCity Partnership has become the leading global Partnership for sustainable urban mobility planning, policy development, and increasing investment for sustainable transport in developing and emerging economies.
MobiliseYourCity’s Implementing Partners are the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), which are working with cities and countries across the world to develop scalable solutions to improve mobility in complex environments.
Today, the Partnership has 70 member cities with a combined population of over 126 million people in 32 countries. Thanks to the generous contributions of the European Union (EU), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the French Ministry for the Ecological Transition (MTE), the German Federal Ministry for economic cooperation and development (BMZ), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety, and Consumer Protection (BMUV) and the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), as of February 2023, the Partnership has raised over 40 million euros in grants to support about half of its member cities and countries, which has already mobilised additional loans for concrete sustainable urban mobility projects. With this investment, MobiliseYourCity expects an additional 9 million people to have access to public transportation services.
The Partnership was founded by Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie (ADEME), Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Coopération pour le Développement et l’Amélioration des Transport Urbains et Périurbains (CODATU), Centre d’études et d’expertise sur les risques, l’environnement, la mobilité et l’aménagement (Cerema) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. MobiliseYourCity is an international transport initiative under the UN Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action and a member of the SuM4All Consortium.
How MobiliseYourCity supports cities and countries through four main service areas:
Mobility planning – MobiliseYourCity supports implementation and investment-ready plans for inclusive and low-carbon transport
Capacity development – MobiliseYourCity equips practitioners with tested and scalable solutions
Advocacy & Outreach – MobiliseYourCity encourages institutions and individuals to embrace and resource sustainable mobility
Implementation support – MobiliseYourCity empowers members to bridge planning with implementation for green and just mobility
I am the Coordinator for MobiliseYourCity, a global partnership for sustainable transport policy and finance. Even before knowing the term ‘development cooperation’ I was asking questions about why the everyday lives of people can be so different depending on where they were born. As an American kid who spent summers in India, I experienced this difference on a regular basis. My interest in global inequality and social justice led to a career in development – and since 2008 I have been working at intersection of climate change and project finance in Germany, India, Philippines, Vietnam and now Belgium. Before MobiliseYourCity, I was an Urban Development Specialist at the Asian Development Bank. As an economist, I’m interested in money. As a urbanist and a father, I’m passionate about doing my part in making cities wonderful places to grow up.
Based in Brussels, Belgium and Eschborn, Germany
I am supporting the MobiliseYourCity Partnership Team since June 2020. Before joining the team I worked in a German consultancy that focused on electric mobility. I hold a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Freie Universität Berlin and I am currently doing my master’s in Governance and Public Policy. As a Colombian, I am aware of the challenges that developing countries face in transportation. All the more reason for working in such a meaningful project!
My love for transport is fuelled by a frustration with the systemic inefficiencies in the Philippines and a stubborn belief that improvements are possible. I joined TRANSfer in November 2017, after four years with the Philippines’ Department of Transportation (2012-2016) and after pursuing a master’s degree from the University of Leeds (2016-2017). My interests in transport centre on sustainability, policy, and the role of technology in driving positive change.
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