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The Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) organized a 3-day introductory training course on “Introduction to CDIA Tools and Approaches,” 15-17 January 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Twenty-four participants from CDIA’s regional and national partner organizations attended.
The course aimed to enhance participants’ knowledge on effective urban investment programming and financing prior to formulating strategic and bankable infrastructure projects which contribute to sustainable urban development in the Asia/Pacific region. It helped the participants gain knowledge on the CDIA tools and approaches and CDIA’s focus through interactive learning, role play prioritization exercises, and group exercises.
The participants found the course very useful for professionals who work in urban development and investment promotion activities in cities.
According to one participant, “The training gave me an insightful understanding about what CDIA toolkit package can do for cities and a better CDIA value framework.”
Another participant commented that “The City Infrastructure Investments Prioritization and Programming tool is very interesting and user-friendly. If cities are interested to prioritize their infra investment projects, they can readily use the tool. The role playing was also a good methodology because it allowed participants to look beyond their “usual” areas of concern. The mix of methodologies also helped in ensuring that participants are not bored, and everyone gets a chance to speak.”
The course trainers and facilitators included Eva Ringhof, CDIA Social Development Specialist (Philippines); Felicidad Narvaez, Sr. Local Finance Specialist (Philippines); Joris van Etten, CDIA Deputy Program Director (Philippines); Sameeha Seth, International Center for Sustainable Cities (India); and Reslian Pardede, Executive Director, Yayasan Informasi Pemerintahan Dearah (Indonesia).