What have we been up to?

From Bangkok to Bangalore,

Colombo to Cagayan de Oro,

All the news from around CDIA

Enhancing the Quality of Life in Gers

August 8, 2018|Oliver Baudler


Residents in Ulaanbaatar’s ger areas desire to move to apartments in the central district where living conditions are better; and yet they lack the capacity to do so. With support from CDIA, the city government is now developing affordable housing and urban renewal solutions to enhance the quality of life in ger areas.

CDIA Says Thank You and Best Wishes to its Unit Head Joris van Etten

July 30, 2018


After 8.5 years of supporting CDIA, Joris van Etten will take on a new career path.

He joined CDIA in 2010 as Capacity Development Coordinator and Indonesia Program Manager under GIZ. In 2015, he became CDIA’s Program Coordinator and led the GIZ staff in capacity development, project safeguards and outreach. From 2010 to 2015, he oversaw the conduct of 70 training activities for 1,480 participants – with hope of strengthening their capacities in preparing bankable infrastructure projects.

In 2016, he transferred to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as Senior Urban Development Specialist, concurrently as ADB Program Manager of CDIA. As such, he led the team of urban specialists and engineers working closely with cities in project development and financing. From 2016 to 2017, a total of 33 project preparation studies (PPS) were initiated to the benefit of 29 cities in Asia and the Pacific.

Saving History and Culture in Ger Areas

July 30, 2018|Oliver Baudler-Voigt


There is definitely much more to see in Ulaanbaatar’s ger district, where traditional and portable round-shaped dwellings have mushroomed over time. With support from CDIA, the city is restoring key heritage assets to preserve Mongolian history and culture in ger areas. All these are done in tandem with provision of economic opportunities and better living conditions for the residents.

EC Link and CDIA Hold Forum to Spur Green Investments in Chinese Cities

July 27, 2018|Chenzi Yiyang


CDIA, in partnership with the Europe-China Eco Cities Link project (EC Link) has organized the China Urban Green Financing Forum on 5 July 2018 in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. The forum sought to establish a network of cities, pool of experts and financial institutions that promote in a collaborative manner green investments in the country.

Tbilisi’s Urban Mobility to be Featured in Upcoming CDIA Video

July 25, 2018|An Rubenecia


Tbilisi represents the engine of Georgia’s economy, as well as its most crucial transport and mobility challenges. The city is characterized by high road congestion, increased car ownership, very cheap and plentiful parking, unregulated nature of the taxi business, and poor quality of public transport.

Technical Staff from Cambodian Cities Trained on Wastewater Management

July 10, 2018|Mia Simpao


Continuing the successful course on wastewater management under CDIA’s cooperation with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) of Cambodia, participants from more cities and municipalities were capacitated in another training held on 02-04 July 2018 in Battambang, Cambodia. This has been the fourth capacity development activity jointly implemented under the partnership between CDIA and MPWT.


Restoring Simao River the Natural Way!

July 5, 2018|Oliver Baudler


A new and exciting landmark awaits the Chinese city of Pu’er with the transformation of its Simao River into a dynamic natural ecosystem. Previously affected by increasing urbanization which diminished its ecological importance, the river is now evolving as a backbone of green space system while protecting the city from flooding.

Newsletter May – June 2018

July 2, 2018


Check out our latest Newsletter here: And subscribe to it here:

Chongqing Readies for Green Transformation

June 26, 2018|Chenzi Yiyang


Chongqing in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has a long history of industrial development. To meet the goal of China’s 13th Five Year Plan, and towards both economic and environmental sustainability, the city strives to undertake a green transformation. On May 8-11, 2018, a series of capacity development activities were conducted to prepare stakeholders to shift from a traditional to a new development path, where technological innovation, environmental sustainability and social inclusiveness are the new norm.

MPWT Officials Lead Training on Wastewater Management

June 26, 2018|Mia Simpao


Key personnel from Cambodia’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT), trained by CDIA in 2017 have served as lead trainers in the wastewater management training held 6-8 June 2018 in Svay Rieng. The capacity development activity saw the participation of 22 key officials from the Department of Environment, Department of Public Works and Transport and city representatives of Svay Rieng, Ratanakiri, Prey Veng, Stung Treng, and Preah Vihear.

Back to Top