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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.

ADB Adopts CDIA Study for Its Preparatory Work in Improving Jinan’s Urban Mobility

August 25, 2017

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n December 2016, CDIA concluded its project preparation study (PPS) for Jinan City in People’s Republic of China, which recommended a sustainable urban mobility plan for the city, and developed the preliminary design and pre-feasibility study for the trolleybus-based public transport network for the central areas of Jinan.

Upon completion of the study, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) started preparing for the loan process for Jinan’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Development Project in the amount of USD 150 million. Part of its due diligence was the project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA), in which the CDIA PPS served as an important reference.

CDIA Supports Stakeholder Consultation Workshop for Local PPP Projects in the Philippines

August 18, 2017

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On August 1, 2017, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center of the Philippines and the League of Cities of the Philippines conducted a Stakeholder Consultation Workshop for Local PPP Projects supported by CDIA.

Participants included representatives from various private and public agencies in SOCCSKSARGEN Region in Southern Philippines, for instance the National Economic and Development Authority; the Department of Trade and Industry; the Mindanao Development Authority; the City Governments of General Santos, Cotabato, Tacurong, Koronadal and Kidapawan; as well as SOWI Renewables Technologies Inc.

 

Unfazed by fire, Semarang City Primes for the Revival of Its Famous Traditional Market

August 11, 2017

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Semarang City boasts of Pasar Johar, the largest traditional market in Central Java, Indonesia. The market used to rent out 7,800 stalls to 6,400 vendors who were mostly women micro-entrepreneurs. Despite its popularity, the market was in a dilapidated condition with high exposure to climate risks, and lacked the basic facilities to support the efficient functioning of a traditional market.

In 2014, CDIA helped the city government to revitalize Pasar Johar and its surrounding area to increase its competitiveness as a trade center while preserving its historic buildings. The years after the completion of CDIA’s pre-feasibility study (PFS) however, have not been easy for the city, as Pasar Johar was subjected to two incidences of fire, which razed the heritage buildings and forced many vendors to relocate to temporary markets or occupy the nearby side streets.

But a resilient Semarang is now putting the past behind, as the city primes for the revival of its famed Pasar Johar.

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