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Enhanced Solid Waste Management Practices Create Positive Impact on Community Health in Battambang City

September 26, 2017

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Solid waste is a major environmental pollution and is responsible for spreading harmful and infectious diseases. To tackle the municipality’s pollution problem, CDIA assisted the city of Battambang in reducing the public health risks of improper Solid Waste Management (SWM).

Capacity Development Assistance Taken to New Heights in Kaili City

September 23, 2017

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Capacity development has always been an integral part of CDIA’s project preparation assistance to Asian cities. But in Kaili City, PR China, this integration has been taken to a higher level.

In early 2017, CDIA approved the application of Kaili City to enhance their East Green Public Transport Hub Project, which seeks to meet the growing transport needs of its residents, as well as tourists who are drawn by the numerous minority cultural heritage structures in the city. When implemented, the hub is envisaged to help integrate the city bus terminal with intercity short-, medium- and long-distance bus terminal, tourism center and commercial businesses.

CDIA Calls for Immediate Rehabilitation of the Tbilisi Metro System

September 23, 2017

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Through its pre-feasibility study (PFS) in Tbilisi, Georgia, CDIA put forward the need to rehabilitate the city’s metro system – and do it quickly to ensure the safety of its 144,500 daily passengers.

Tbilisi Metro opened in 1966 as one of the earliest systems in the former Soviet Union. Currently, it comprises two lines, one from Akhmeteli to Varketili and the other from Moedani to Vazha-Pshavela with a total length of 27.1 km. It is operated by the Tbilisi Transport Company (TTC).

Despite effective management and stable performance, CDIA found out that the metro system needs urgent rehabilitation since most of its components are outdated and dilapidated, with significant public safety concerns.

New Environmental and Resilience Specialist Joins CDIA

September 22, 2017

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Ms. Susan Rachel Jose joined CDIA on 18 September 2017 as its new Environmental and Resilience Specialist. She is an engineering and economics graduate with extensive national and local experience in public sector management, climate and disaster risk-informed land use and development planning and financing, and institutional and policy analysis and reform.  She acquired most of her professional experience from the National Economic and Development Authority, the central planning agency of the Philippine government; and as a development work consultant from the Philippine Climate Change Commission, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, Australian Aid Program, and The Asia Foundation.

Transjogja Bus Provides Smart and Gender-Responsive Public Transport

September 19, 2017

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Getting around the 636,660-resident city of Yogyakarta has never been this easy, secure, fast and cheap. This is what the CDIA monitoring and evaluation team found out seven years after it helped the city plan for its Transjogja Bus System expansion. Smart innovations paired with inclusive and gender-friendly features leave nothing to remind of the poor conditions of the bus system back then.

CDIA Speaks at the High-Level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development

September 18, 2017

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CDIA recently participated in the first High-level International Forum on Sustainable Development held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China. The forum was organized by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), and Chengdu municipal government.

CDIA’s China Project Coordinator Ms. Chenzi Yiyang served as a panelist for the discussion on “Urban Drivers and Financial Innovation.” Together with five other panelists, they shared their insights on financial innovation in urban China. In particular, Ms. Yiyang introduced CDIA’s experience in assisting Chinese cities to bridge the gap between their planning and infrastructure financing. She also talked about how CDIA’s pre-feasibility studies have helped cities leverage downstream financing.

Ms. Eva Ringhof Assigned as New CDIA-GIZ Program Coordinator

August 27, 2017

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CDIA is pleased to announce that Ms. Eva Ringhof has been appointed as the new Program Coordinator starting September 2017. She will co-manage CDIA on behalf of the German Government in cooperation with Mr. Joris van Etten of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Ms. Ringhof joined CDIA in 2013 as its Social Urban Development Specialist. As such, she guided CDIA’s city interventions on governance aspects and inclusive development in urban infrastructure investments. From 2014 to 2016, she further led CDIA’s city interventions and coordinated with national partner organizations on integrated infrastructure development as Country Manager for Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Better Health Eyed from Improved Road and Transport Infrastructure in Khulna City

August 26, 2017

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More than 200,000 urban poor in Khulna City, Bangladesh are living under better health conditions and are now more resilient towards environmental risks and climate change with the implementation of the road and transport project that CDIA helped to plan in 2008.

The project is embedded in the City Region Development Project (CRDP) co-financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), in which KfW took care of the Pro-Poor and Green Urban Transport Sub-Project. Its implementation started in 2013, taking into account the findings from the 2009 Medium-term Prioritized Urban Infrastructure Program (MTPUIP) Transport Sector Study.

The project has two key objectives – to decrease the vulnerability of the city against flooding, and improve accessibility and mobility of low-income residents. Apart from these main benefits, it helps to improve the health status of the urban poor in several ways.

Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Approves the $128 Million Investment Plan Proposed by CDIA

August 25, 2017

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At a meeting held on August 02, 2017 chaired by the Honorable  Chief Minister of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Region, Mr Pervez Khattack, the Government of KP approved  the $128 million investment plan proposed by CDIA. The program will improve the urban conditions in the cities of Peshawar, Mardan and Abbottabad.

For CDIA’s Senior Urban Environmental Engineer Neil Chadder, “the Provincial Government’s approval means that we now have an agreement to the proposed sub-projects at the community, city, district, and provincial levels. This is an excellent outcome and results from extensive consultation between the consulting team and all project stakeholders.”

CDIA Shares Experience on Capacity Development During GIZ’s Urban Cluster Webinar

August 25, 2017

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Every few months, the Transformation – Urban Opportunities – Climate Change (“TUrbOCliC”) Working Group of GIZ is conducting a webinar to inform and exchange opinions on different topics regarding urban development. In its latest webinar this month, the discussion centered on the current capacity development activities in Asian cities, carried out by various GIZ projects.

Mr. Thomas Hagedorn, CDIA’s Capacity Development Specialist talked about its integrated capacity development approach, which complements its project preparation studies for infrastructure investments. As CDIA is involved at the early stage of project formulation and accompanies its partner cities for often less than a year, capacity development activities must address the “low hanging fruits,” which can be achieved within that period of time.

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