Institutional Framework


UNEP/DGEF will be the GEF Implementing Agency for the project and will have overall, but independent, responsibility for project implementation.


UN-HABITAT will serve as Executing Agency for the project and will be responsible for the establishment, management, coordination, monitoring and dissemination of the project. UN-HABITAT components will be implemented in the context of its urban transport strategy for the region. UN-HABITAT will provide the link between the project and the expertise available within its partnership, as well as engage with a wide spectrum of stakeholders (e.g. governments, public sector, civil society, donors) across the three countries and beyond to increase institutional and public awareness on and support for sustainable urban mobility. UN-HABITAT will also be involved in most of the technical and/or managerial decisions taken, related to the work of the Project Management Units (PMU), the Regional Steering Committee (RSC), and the National Steering Committees (NSC).


The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) will implement the Regional capacity building, awareness raising and networking component. GIZ has been advising authorities, institutions and organizations at local, regional and national levels on urban mobility for more than 25 years. On the basis of this experience and with the support of internationally recognized experts, GIZ has compiled solutions for sustainable urban transport in publications, training measures, project-related expert assignments and the organization of regional and international dialogues on the theme of urban mobility.

UNEP/DTIE Transport Unit will assist UN-HABITAT in formulating and implementing clean public transport options in the three cities.

The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) will steer the PMU in Addis Ababa and provide technical assistance for the implementation of the project activities in Addis Ababa. 

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) will steer the PMU in Nairobi and Kampala and provide technical assistance for the implementation of the project activities in both cities. 


A large group of interested stakeholders from many sectors are involved in the GEF Sustran East Africa Project. Local and national-level policy makers have already been engaged through individual meetings and group workshops. Such engagement will be the standard throughout the course of the project, as without them, there would be no effective implementation of the project.

Additionally, based on experience gained in implementing mass transit projects in other cities, it has become clear that one of the most important stakeholders in such projects is the existing public transport industry. Civil society will also be fully involved in this project.

Organisational Arrangements

A Project Management Unit (PMU) is established in each city, including the core group working on the project. Each PMU reports to the NSC and is responsible for providing technical and operational guidance to the implementation of the Project, and monitoring and evaluating the progress of the activities.  

The GEF Sustran Regional Forum is created at the regional level as a forum for information exchange among the three cities involved on project progress and performance. The GEF Sustran Regional Forum includes nominated representatives of the governments of the three countries, UN-HABITAT, UNEP/DGEF, GIZ, UNEP/DTIE Transport Unit, and the PMU. It takes place once a year.

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