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The aim of the SUMP Glossary is to provide a brief explanation of specialist words, terms and abbreviations relating to the subject of sustainable urban mobility planning. The Glossary has been prepared by the CH4LLENGE project and as a result, there is a particular focus on defining terms relating to the four key challenges of plan development studied by the project, namely: participation, cooperation, measure selection and monitoring & evaluation. It is envisaged that, over time, the international community of mobility practitioners will add to the content of the online Glossary and produce versions in different languages.
A simple structure has been followed so that users can search for words, terms and abbreviations in a standard alphabetic format. For each Glossary term, the following information is provided:
• a general definition and, where available, a specific definition relating to transport and mobility planning;
• an explanation of why the term is relevant to sustainable urban mobility planning; and
• references to sources.
The preparation of the Glossary, including the selection of terms and drafting of definitions, has been informed by a review of relevant reports, guidance documents and existing glossaries. The key reference is the European Union “Guidelines - Developing and implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan” prepared for the EC’s Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme by Rupprecht Consult (January 2014) and therefore this has not been identified as a source throughout the document. The outputs of the CH4LLENGE project have also provided a principal source of information and the official documents can be found at www.sump-challenges.eu.

Please note that not all the explanatory text is taken directly from the listed sources. The authors have sought to take established definitions and information as the basis and explain these in simple terms and relate them to the context of sustainable urban mobility planning where this was not previously the case.

By Admin Eltis / Updated: 28 May 2019

Definition – Accountabilityinfo-icon refers to the act of using power responsibly. It is the process of taking into account the views of, and being held accountable by, different stakeholders, primarily the people affected by the actions of the person/body in power. Ideally there should be a process in place to ensure that officials in relevant organisations are answerable for their actions and that there is redress when duties and commitments are not met. Accountability and transparencyinfo-icon are mutually reinforcing.

Relevance to SUMP – The SUMP guidelines set out steps that help to ensure that the plan is prepared in an accountable manner – i.e. participationinfo-icon, integrationinfo-icon and monitoringinfo-icon & evaluationinfo-icon. Practitioners may also wish to refer to the 2010 Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) that sets out six benchmarks:

  • Establishing and delivering on commitments
  • Staff competency
  • Sharing information
  • Participation
  • Handling complaints
  • Learning and continual improvement

Although the HAP Standard was prepared by and for the use of organisations involved in poverty, disaster response and international development, there are clear similarities between the main benchmarks and the SUMP preparation stages.

Source: HAP, 2010; Transparency & Accountability Initiative, 2015 (online)

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