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ADB, Partners Invest $485 Million in CDIA-Proposed Bus Rapid Transit System in Peshawar

July 21, 2017

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Around 500,000 daily commuters are set to benefit from the $485 million investment of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and its partners for the implementation of the integrated Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) in Peshawar, Pakistan. CDIA helped to plan for this project beginning 2013.

CDIA Bids Adieu to its GIZ Program Coordinator Claudia Hermes

July 21, 2017

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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.

CDIA-Partner City Shares Experience on Urban Resilience and Sustainability at the UNDP Asia Forum

July 21, 2017

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To demonstrate how local governments address some of the common challenges in building sustainable and resilient cities, CDIA’s partner, Yangzhou City showcased their initiatives at the Asia Forum held on 19-21 June 2017 in Haiyang City, People’s Republic of China.

Yangzhou City Rebuilds its Past for the Future

July 18, 2017

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With a history that dates back more than 2,000 years, Yangzhou City in the Jiangsu Province of China has never been short on history and culture. Owing to its strategic location, it once served as the center of salt business in ancient China.

At present, Yangzhou City has preserved many of its rich cultural heritage such as the Grand Canal, considered as the oldest canal in China; and historical sites that some date back from the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. These, along with abundant manmade landscapes and natural sceneries attract millions of foreign and domestic tourists to the city every year.

In line with the city’s thrust to balance economic growth with cultural preservation and environmental protection, the city government sought assistance from CDIA in 2008 to develop sustainable solutions to urban upgrading and heritage conservation, rehabilitation and development of wetlands, and construction of water treatment plant.

Cambodian Cities Trained on Sustainable Wastewater Management

July 14, 2017

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Twenty-eight participants from four Cambodian cities and partners underwent a training course on sustainable wastewater management on 3-6 July 2017 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. CDIA in partnership with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) delivered the course, which aimed to enhance the knowledge and skills of city staff involved in wastewater management.

CDIA Welcomes its New Intern for Social Urban Development

July 13, 2017

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Ms. Stefanie Neusser recently joined CDIA as an intern for social urban development focusing on public health and gender aspects. For the next six months, she will assist CDIA in the identification and production of issue-based stories on gender and public health to communicate CDIA’s approaches and services. She is a Management and Economics graduate […]

Internal Training on Financial Modelling Conducted for PPP Center of the Philippines

July 11, 2017

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The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center of the Philippines in collaboration with CDIA conducted a Financial Modeling Training on June 2, 5 and 13, 2017 at the PPP Center in Quezon City, Philippines.

The internal capacity development activity was part of the agreement between PPP Center and CDIA to support the role of PPP Center as knowledge and service provider to local government units implementing infrastructure projects via PPP mechanisms.

Invitation to Join the E-Learning Course on Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries

June 29, 2017

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GIZ, in partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research is inviting urban and transport planners, decision makers from local governments, and international organizations involved in the transport sector worldwide to register for the Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries E-learning Course from 18 September – 8 December 2017.

Surakarta City Expands Public Transport Service to “Move People, Not Cars”

June 29, 2017

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Following the recommendation of CDIA, the city government of Surakarta in Indonesia has expanded its system of high quality, air-conditioned public buses known locally as Batik Solo Trans (BST).

From a fleet of 15 buses serving a single route, the BST has expanded to now include Line 2, with 16 buses serving the 28-km route between Surakarta airport in the northwest of the city and Solobaru in the south. It caters to at least 2.5 million commuters per year – offering a safe, affordable, and convenient alternative transport option for city residents.

 

Development Worker to Support Public-Private Partnership Initiatives in Philippine Cities

June 28, 2017

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GIZ has recently assigned a development worker to CDIA’s national partner organization, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center of the Philippines to strengthen its capacity to aid Philippine cities successfully implement infrastructure projects through PPP mechanisms.

Mr. Gebhard Ott is expected to provide technical advice in analyzing impediments to PPP projects, developing strategies, and implementing concrete activities to facilitate project implementation. He is among the pool of GIZ development workers, who come from various professional backgrounds and provide advisory support to partner countries involved in international cooperation with Germany.

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