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Cities in Asia are not only growing at a rapid pace, they also have an increasing need for inclusive urban development measures, which must be ingrained in the design of their infrastructure projects. With CDIA at the forefront of facilitating innovative urban infrastructure investment projects in Asia, CDIA staff took the opportunity to improve their knowledge when they participated in the internal capacity development activity on inclusive urban development held on 27 January 2017. CDIA’s monitoring tool, the initial development impact assessment (IDIA) was discussed congruently in an effort to better integrate concepts of inclusiveness in CDIA’s project preparation studies (PPS).
Eva Ringhof, CDIA’s Social Development Specialist provided an overview of inclusive urban development; and specific concepts such as vulnerable groups, gender issues, and pro-poor development. After which, Rudini Baoy, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist provided a recap of the M&E system for development impacts, elaborating on the importance and impact of the IDIA as an important baseline for CDIA’s project preparation work as well as current adaptations of the tool in improving data quality and internal monitoring.
“The exercises were not only fun, they also provided me with new ideas on how CDIA’s contribution in making cities inclusive can be monitored and evaluated later on,” said Joy Bailey, Environment and Resilience Specialist of CDIA.