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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.

CDIA Identifies 10 Sub-Projects to Improve Urban Environment in Cambodia

June 27, 2017

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CDIA has recently identified 10 sub-projects for possible investment following the completion of its pre-feasibility study (PFS) for the Second Tonle Sap Integrated Urban Environmental Management Project in 5 cities in Cambodia. In line with the investment pipeline of the national government and linking to proposed financial support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the […]

CDIA Participates in the GIZ Platform Event on Governance in Asia

June 22, 2017

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CDIA, through its Social Development Specialist Eva Ringhof and Junior Program Management Officer Mia Simpao participated in the platform event of the GIZ Sector Network Governance Asia (SNGA) last 07-09 June 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Invitation to Apply for Temasek Foundation Leaders in Urban Governance Programme

June 15, 2017

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Temasek Foundation International and Centre for Liveable Cities Singapore would like to invite Mayors and city leaders, as well as top office holders of Asian cities to apply for the Temasek Foundation International Leaders in Urban Governance Programme (TFLUGP) to be held in Singapore from 6-10 November 2017.

Forum on Financing Urban Resilience Brings Together Cities and Development Partners

June 14, 2017

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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 […]

Philippine Cities Take Lessons from Latin America on Sustainable Urban Mobility

May 29, 2017

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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.

Balikpapan Steps Up Program to Improve Access to Proper Sanitation Services

May 29, 2017

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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.

CDIA-Partner Cities Showcase Initiatives at Resilient Cities Conference

May 23, 2017

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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.

Citizens urge government to build resilient, inclusive cities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

May 22, 2017

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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.

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