Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries

Language: English, Spanish, French
Place: Global
Duration: 12 weeks
Partner: GIZ-SUTP
Principles: 5. Implementing Transit improvements, 10. Approaching the challenges comprehensively
Net Time Effort: More than 60 hours

Final Training Objectives

• Analysed the deficit of conventional transport approaches with respect to sustainability and applied alternative and integrated approaches for transport planning

• Designed non-motorised transport infrastructures that contribute to pro-poor mobility systems

• Recommended appropriate planning and regulation measures to accommodate for sustainable and safe walking and cycling

• Planned and implemented Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)

• Planned and regulated bus systems in large developing world cities

• Conducted planning processes for Bus Rapid Transit systems (BRT)

• Recommended institutional frameworks for the development of integrated regional transport and land-use plans

• Recommended measures to organize institutions in the road and public transport sector

• Recommended institutional, legal and regulatory frameworks for Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) transport projects

• Recommended measures to control transport emissions

• Proposed abatement measures to reduce transport noise

• Proposed strategies to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions

• Designed measures to improve transport safety

• Formulated planning and design measures to improve the situation of women in urban transport

Target Group

The course is open to urban and transportation planners, decisionmakers from local governments as well as representatives of service providers (national governments, private sector, NGOs) and international organisations involved in the transport sector worldwide. It is advisable to have prior basic knowledge of urban transport and/or urban planning issues.


Learning activities are based on sound adult learning pedagogical principles. They are distributed in such a way to ensure the achievement of the learning objectives in a flexible manner: learning materials can indeed be consulted in a non-linear way so as to provide participants with a high degree of flexibility in choosing the learning pace that is the most adequate to them. Thus, participants are responsible for their own learning throughout the course. All learning activities are moderated by a high level transportation expert


The course aims to enhance the capacity of local decision makers and urban and transportation planners to formulate and implement appropriate policies that contribute to sustainability in urban transport in developing countries. It provides an analysis of the important issues in sustainable transport including transport demand management, improved public and non-motorized transport, environmental protection, road safety, and gender in transport. In order to achieve sustainability, it also introduces further means such as economic and financial instruments, institutional improvements, capacity building, regulation of markets and environmental standards. This course is jointly provided by SUTP and UNITAR.

Training Modules

• Urban growth and strategies for sustainable development

• Municipal mobility management

• Public transport services

• Management, financing and institutions

• Energy and environment

• Safety and social issues

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