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ADB’s Strategy 2030 Operational Plans: Request for Feedback

April 22, 2019


Strategy 2030 sets out what the Asian Development Bank (ADB) should do to respond to the changing needs of the Asia and the Pacific region. This document provides the framework of implementation for the 7 operational priorities of ADB: poverty, gender, climate change, livable cities, food security and rural development, governance, and regional cooperation and integration.

As an ADB-managed Trust Fund, CDIA would like to request for your comments/feedback on the draft operational plans covered under the ADB Strategy 2030. We especially would like to draw attention to Operational Priority 4: Making Cities More Livable.

Participatory Workshops for Slum Alleviation Program in Indonesia

April 16, 2019


Three capacity development workshops were conducted in Jakarta, Indonesia in line with our project preparation study (PPS) on Smart Living or Slum Improvement in Strategic Human Settlement Area (SISHA).

The most recent workshop was conducted on March 15, 2019 with the objective of identifying specific and immediate steps following the conclusion of the CDIA study.

New Pumping Stations to Ease Flooding in Valenzuela City

April 11, 2019|An Rubenecia


The Philippines’ Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the City of Valenzuela inaugurated on April 6, 2019 the Wawang Pulo and Coloong pumping stations that will minimize flooding in the city’s low-lying areas, where most poor and vulnerable populations live.

World Bank Approves Financing for Wastewater System Improvement in Siem Reap City

April 5, 2019|An Rubenecia


The World Bank has recently approved a $25.5 million credit to develop the wastewater collection network in Siem Reap City, Cambodia. The credit, with support from CDIA in terms of technical preparations, is expected to improve wastewater management in the city, resulting in better health and quality of the environment.

Putting Women at the Heart of Our Work

March 28, 2019


CDIA’s engagement with the city comprises no more than 10% of the total project life cycle. Still, it uses the limited time to integrate key development principles such as gender equality and inclusiveness in infrastructure project preparation. In more concrete terms, how does CDIA pay attention to the needs of women and other vulnerable groups, […]

Leaving No One Behind in Water Supply Provision

March 20, 2019|An Rubenecia


Turning on the tap for clean water is still considered a luxury in many Asian cities. Where water is available, it flows for a limited time only or in some parts of the city. In time for the World Water Day on March 22, let’s look at some of the efforts in ensuring that water is available for all.

CDIA, Sri Lankan Government Ink Agreement to Improve Resilience and Livability of Matara City

March 13, 2019


A Technical Assistance (TA) agreement was signed last February 28, 2019 to carry out a project preparation study towards improving the resilience and livability of the city of Matara and the Greater Matara Area in Sri Lanka.

Hon. D.G. Yasaratne, Mayor of Matara signed the agreement along with Mr. Nihal Rupasinghe, Secretary of the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development; Mr. Senaka Palliyaguruge, Municipal Commissioner of Matara Municipal Council; and Mr. Neil Chadder, CDIA Program Manager representing Lara Arjan, Urban Development Specialist of Asian Development Bank. The signing was carried out in the presence of the French Agency for Development (AFD), represented by Mr. Martin Parent, Country Director for Sri Lanka.

Women On the Move

March 8, 2019|An Rubenecia


Mobility patterns of women are said to be more complex than men, such that they combine domestic and care-related tasks with employment or community obligations. In this sense, how women can successfully play their roles and carry out their responsibilities have a lot to do with the transport infrastructure and services available to them. How then is CDIA ensuring that women can be on the move, anytime, anywhere?

Our Journey Together Continues

February 25, 2019


CDIA has taken a new path in 2019 as it started to fully operate as a Trust Fund managed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). This new set up will ensure CDIA’s long-term financial sustainability and increase the impact of its work.

CDIA is now operating under the ADB Urban Financing Partnership Facility managed by Robert Guild, Chief Sector Officer of Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC). CDIA is also directed and guided by Manoj Sharma, Chief of the Urban Sector Group; and just recently, Lara Arjan, Urban Development Specialist joined CDIA’s Management Team.

Introducing our New Project Officer, Lara Arjan

February 25, 2019


We are happy to announce that Lara Arjan has recently joined the CDIA Trust Fund Management as our new Project Officer.

Lara is now responsible for the CDIA Technical Assistance Program, including coordination with financing partners, CDIA Team and the Trust Fund Management. She is also concurrently serving as Urban Development Specialist at Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) in Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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