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CDIA Backs ASEAN Mayors in Driving Local Actions for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

August 27, 2019

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How can the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while ensuring effective management of urbanization, environmental protection and inclusive growth? 

The 5th ASEAN Mayors Forum held 26-28 August 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand sought to offer solutions to this key challenge. CDIA, through its Urban Development Specialist Chee Anne Roño served as a panelist in one of the sessions on Digital ASEANwhere she discussed how to build the enabling environment at the city level. 

Laying the Groundwork for the Urban Infrastructure Improvement Project in Pakistan

August 26, 2019

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“The CDIA study became the backbone of our ensuing project.” This was how Kiyoshi Nakamitsu of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) described the value of CDIA’s work on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cities Improvement Program (KPCIP).

Supported by ADB, the KPCIP aims to enhance the urban conditions in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province. CDIA was involved in the early part of the project preparation by developing the investment packages for three of the five cities being considered for the program.

Engaging the Youth as Partners in Development

August 26, 2019

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The 7th Asian Youth Forum (AYF) was held on 12-14 August 2019 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters. Guided by the theme, “Establish. Equip, Engage: Youth for 2030 and Beyond,” the event celebrated the young people’s role as partners in development and demonstrated their unique and valuable contribution in advancing inclusive growth.

A key component of the AYF was the design challenge, wherein CDIA mentored various groups under the theme, Youth for Livable Cities.

Effective Operation and Maintenance Key to Improving Water Services in West Georgia

August 22, 2019

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Significant investments are transforming the water supply and sanitation services in Kutaisi, Poti, Anaklia, Ureki and Zugdidi in West Georgia. Despite these, non-revenue water (NRW) and energy costs remain high, and the cities grapple with their new water infrastructure systems.

How to ensure continuous and high quality water services towards better health and environment? The Operational Performance Assessment and Improvement Action Plan provides insights in addressing key operational management issues.

Supporting People-Focused, Innovation-driven Development in Chongqing City

August 19, 2019

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The Yangtze River Economic Belt (YREB) is considered as one of the three key growth engines to ensure economic development in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). With support from CDIA, Chongqing City in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River is pursuing a development path where human capital and technological innovations are driving green […]

CDIA Completes the YUSIP Study, Passes the Baton to ADB for Loan Processing

August 12, 2019

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The workshop held recently in Myanmar marked the successful completion of CDIA’s project preparation study (PPS) for the Yangon Urban Services Improvement Project (YUSIP).

It also signaled the handing over of the study to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for project processing, leading to the proposed loan for enhancing Yangon’s livability and resilience.

New Knowledge Product: Guidebook on Joint Venture for Local Government Units

August 9, 2019

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How can local governments in the Philippines engage with the private sector to undertake public-private partnership (PPP) for their infrastructure projects?

The “Guidebook on Joint Venture for Local Government Units” provides insights and instructions in doing PPPs through joint ventures (JVs). It was developed by the Public-Private Partnership Center (PPP Center) of the Philippines with support from CDIA.

CDIA and MPWT Sign Agreement, Launch Climate Vulnerability Study in Cambodian Cities

August 6, 2019

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CDIA and the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) signed a technical assistance (TA) agreement on 29 July 2019 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It marked the start of the Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (VAA) in the cities of Battambang, Kampot, Kratie and Chhlong.

“The project will enable us to invest in our secondary cities and strengthen their resilience for the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life of citizens,” said His Excellency Heng Rathpiseth, MPWT’s Director General of Public Works during his Opening Remarks.

The Fear of Flood is Gone: Integrated Approach to Reducing Vulnerability to Flood Risks

July 23, 2019

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“We were constantly inundated and it got worse during typhoon season. Now, the fear of flood is gone – we can sleep soundly at night; and with the kids’ school just around the corner, they can easily attend classes even during heavy rains, and also go home for lunch.”

Mrs. Ladera, a resident of Valenzuela City recounted how her life changed after moving to Disiplina Village, the biggest in-city relocation site and public rental housing project in the Philippines. It hosts 4,800 informal settler families (ISF) mostly from flood- and disaster-prone areas in the city. It is part of the government’s integrated approach to reducing its vulnerability to flood risks.

Call for Expression of Interest: Development and Mainstreaming of CDIA Climate Tools

July 22, 2019

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Consultancy firms are invited to submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) for the development and mainstreaming of CDIA climate tools.

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