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Digitalisation and mobility – the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI)

The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) is the BMZ’s central implementation initiative in the field of mobility and one of seven climate initiatives of the house. TUMI was founded by the association of 11 renowned partners (development banks, city networks, think tanks and NGOs). Its main objective is to transform mobility in a future-oriented way for the benefit of people and the environment.

TUMI supports transport projects around the world and enables policy makers to transform urban mobility.

The TUMI initiative combines investments in know-how and infrastructure for climate-friendly urban mobility with the identification and promotion of innovative approaches. It focuses on a partnership approach, and the commitment is multiplied by new partnerships. The operational implementation of TUMI is carried out in three pillars:

  1. education and training of 2400+ professionals and managers by mid-2021;
  2. innovation competition for scalable and replicable pilot projects.
  3. financing of sustainable transport infrastructure with approx. 1 billion EUR per year.


The pilot projects in particular repeatedly highlight the enormous relevance of digital approaches and solutions in the mobility sector. Digitalisation plays a noteworthy role here at various levels:

  • Data collection: Particularly with a view to inclusive and gender-equal mobility, the collection of mobility data is central. Digital solutions and apps are increasingly being used for this purpose. These enable a realistic mapping of mobility patterns, safety perception and other aspects relevant for transport planning.
  • Information provision: In order to optimize mobility systems, it is necessary to provide accessible information. For example, users need to be provided with information on the availability of transportation and route planning.
  • Convenient use of transportation services: Digitized ticket purchase and payment processes can simplify and facilitate the use of public transportation.
  • Safety on public transport, especially for women: Apps and other tools can contribute to safety in public transport and public spaces, for example by integrating alarm buttons.

Selected approaches and activities of TUMI in the area of digitalization and mobility

  • The TUMI Challenge in Bogotá helped the city improve women’s perception of safety in public spaces and on public transport throughout the city. A key component of the pilot was the use of the Safetipin App. Using the app, women were able to indicate where they felt unsafe. The data was then used to identify hot spots, where targeted tactical urbanism interventions were implemented to improve the safety perception.