The urban population in the MENA region is forecasted to grow significantly over the next decades. Cities in the region face major mobility challenges, as transport systems are sometimes inadequate, as investment is directed toward private cars. For cities to remain attractive to inhabitants, mobility obstacles need to be overcome. Using examples of international best practises, this report gives an overview of the challenges sustainable urban transport faces in the MENA region and offers possible solutions. Experience worldwide has shown that solving transport issues requires more than mere investment in infrastructure. Vision and political will to change and improve urban transport mark the first step toward a sustainable transport system. Following this, successful change requires a can be reframed through proper urban planning and accompanying policy measures.
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The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) have worked both individually and together to improve urban transport in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and to develop sustainable urban transport systems. The cooperation between the two entities has included three jointly organized training workshops with actual site-visits in Amman, Istanbul and Rabat.