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Joining the team in January 2016, Mrs. Claudia Hermes co-managed CDIA with Mr. Joris van Etten of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and provided guidance to effectively assist Asian cities meet their infrastructure development and financing needs.
In particular, Mrs. Hermes led CDIA’s initiatives on developing individual and institutional capacities of city governments in preparing bankable infrastructure investment projects. From 2016-2017, she guided the conduct of 21 training courses and seminars for 454 city officials and representatives of partner institutions. She also led a study tour in Germany; and found new ways of working closely with select national partner organizations.
Aside from guiding the development of CDIA Strategy for 2018-2022 and the preparation of the Trust Fund, she also steered the completion of CDIA’s Capacity Development Strategy and its Strategic Communication Plan. Mrs. Hermes was further keen to stress the impacts and benefits of CDIA work to the people by guiding the development of three video products and easy-to-understand city stories. Two more videos are set to be completed in August that demonstrate how the CDIA approach is helping Asian cities provide the infrastructure needs of their growing population.
“The approach of CDIA is still unique despite the fact that there are nowadays more preparation facilities. I am sure that GIZ will continue to be a reliable co-management partner in implementing CDIA activities,” said Mrs. Hermes. “I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation and thanks to all colleagues inside and outside of CDIA that I’ve worked with. Your support and cooperation gave me strength and inspiration in serving as Program Coordinator. Thank you for the opportunity to have worked with you, and I wish CDIA continued spirit of innovation,” she added.
After one and a half year of serving as GIZ Program Coordinator, Mrs. Hermes will take on a new position at the GIZ Headquarters in Germany.