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June 14, 2017
To boost investment in urban resilience was the key objective of the recent Urban Resilience Finance Forum held on 24-25 May 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Some 100 participants representing cities, development organizations, and national government agencies across South and Southeast Asia attended this event organized by US Agency for International Development (USAID), with support from […]
May 29, 2017
Mobility in the Metropolitan Manila in the Philippines is a serious concern for millions of commuters who spend many hours traveling to and from work every day. Public transportation moves 80% of the people, which is among the highest shares in the world. Yet, the preference for public transport is threatened by the increasing use of private vehicles, and the lack of improvements in the speed and comfort of public commuters.
With this background, CDIA together with the Tranformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) of the German government and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) organized a seminar-workshop on Sustainable Urban Mobility on 23-24 May 2017, targeting representatives from 5 cities in Metro Manila.
May 29, 2017
A lack of sanitation infrastructure to improve public health and environmental conditions and enhance the quality of urban life is a major challenge in many Asian cities.
Balikpapan City in Indonesia is all-too-familiar with this issue, as its existing sewerage and wastewater system only serves 6% of its 768,000 population. Now the city government sought the assistance of CDIA via its partnership with PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (SMi) in updating an earlier pre-feasibility study (PFS) concerning wastewater sector investment in order to enhance its technical, financial, institutional, environmental and social impact content.
May 23, 2017
Urban resilience has been widely recognized in recent years as a cross-cutting issue for all levels of government to address. It encompasses not only environmental and climate change threats, but also disaster and a host of socio-economic risks.
To demonstrate how Asian cities tackle resilience challenges through infrastructure development, two CDIA-partner cities from Bangladesh – Khulna and Gazipur shared their initiatives at the 8th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation held on 4-6 May 2017 in Bonn, Germany. Organized by ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, the event brought together representatives from over 50 local governments, partners, and key stakeholders to exchange ideas and catalyze action towards integrated urban resilience solutions.
May 22, 2017
CDIA is supporting the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in preparing 15-year City Development Plans (CDPs) for the cities of Peshawar, Mardan and Abbottabad. Currently, these cities lack strategic plans that reflect growth-oriented development. CDIA is preparing the plans in close coordination with the Urban Policy & Planning Unit (UPU), Planning and Development Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
May 18, 2017
A more efficient, environment-friendly and sustainable urban mobility system can drive the City of Tbilisi in Georgia towards becoming a regional economic center; while ensuring a healthy living environment for its people.
This was the idea put forward in the recently completed Tbilisi Bus Network Study of CDIA that proposes concrete courses of action to improve the quality of the city’s bus network and introduce an efficient surface transit system in line with its Sustainable Urban Transport Strategy 2015-2030.
May 15, 2017
Like many other cities in Asia, Indonesian cities have difficulty accessing finance for infrastructure. Relying heavily on current mechanisms – typically public sector grant funding – to meet capital and operational expenditure financing needs limits what many cities can potentially achieve.
To help Indonesian cities bridge this infrastructure financing gap, CDIA, in partnership with PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (PT SMi), delivered the latest in a series of training courses focused on “Linking Cities’ Infrastructure Investment Projects to Finance” from 26-28 April 2017 in Balikpapan City, Indonesia.
May 11, 2017
CDIA welcomed to the team, Mr. Lun Heng as a Young Asian Professional (YAP) starting 7 May 2017. He works at the Sewerage Management & Construction Department of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) in Cambodia, wherein his tasks constitute the review of national policy frameworks on wastewater management, among others.
April 25, 2017
Thirty-three Mayors, Commissioners, and senior government officials from 14 cities in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines signed the Manifesto of Support towards a Better Future for Asia in the recently held “Effective Urban Infrastructure Programming and Good Practices Workshop” on 17-21 April 2017 in Singapore.
April 25, 2017
There is no other region in the world where fast-track urban growth happens as in Asia, and confronts urban development with more challenges than anywhere else. In most Asian cities however, the capacities to identify, prepare and realize bankable infrastructure investments are either lacking or nascent.
To support Asian cities bridge this gap, CDIA collaborated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore and National University of Singapore to deliver a five-day training course as part of the 10-year anniversary of CDIA dubbed, “Effective Urban Infrastructure Programming and Good Practices Workshop.”